This might get moved to the predator page, but its mostly a question on coop construction so i think im in the right place! So, we have our coop. One of those fancy well built Red Amish coops, and we are building the run. Now...Before I get into the fence we are putting up, let me explain our yard. We have an acer and a half fenced in with thick six foot chain-link fencing, and strong metal pols that had to be cemented into the ground due to solid granite boulders *so I was told* that prevented the fence guys from just digging a hole and sticking the post in it. This is up for our show dog's to run in, as they need lots of exercise and we can only walk one at a time XD *The seem to enjoy the run better then the walks...* Anyway! Sorry I got sidetracked >.> The fence is surrounded by woods with a stream in the back, we have the coop in the very middle of that yard. *A little bit closer to the house then the middle but you get what I mean.* We plan on fencing in a massive space for them We have four of the panels built already, however my mother and I are having an argument on safety. *My chickens! Not the racoon's or fox's > * She wants to take the panels and simply put them up and "Maybe" put a roof on it, even though we had a close call in the neighborhood with a hawk trying to take off with the neighbors chihuahua. I want to put a layer of chicken wire on the roof, and bury 3 inches of hardwire cloth or something so nothing *Our dogs included* can dig under the fence and terrorize or kill my birds. She thinks this is over kill and is using the neighbor up the street as evidence for her case. He has had chickens for years and hardly ever lost a bird to any animal *Because he has a good rooster and he "marks" his territory* We have a known problem with hawks, coyotes, and racoon's. Anyone have any suggestions for the coop, or care to agree or disagree with anything I have said?