I've read as much as I could on the forum about this, but I wasn't able to find a specific answer on hardware cloth versus chicken wire. My 6 hens are well protected above the ground. I have welded wire for the the first 3 feet high - then I switch to chain link all the way up to the top (10 feet High). There is a solid wood roof (this is all underneath the deck of our house down by the walk-out basement door). So, the only reasonable entry remaining for a predator is to dig. I have a bunch of chicken wire left over from another project - can I just use sod staples and put this on top of the grass around the perimeter of the run? Or, is it a must to use hardware cloth? We have this right up close to the house and I have two male dogs that are outside during the day, but inside at night. I don't think we get much wildlife this close to the house anymore because of the dogs. My only reason to believe this is that we haven't had anything get in our trash in several years (and it used to be a common thing). Any advice?