Okay, I'm sure there are similar posts all over this board, so thank you in advance for your patience, but I had a couple specific questions I wanted to ask about my situation. I was on another type of board asking about advice for keeping raccoons out of my trash (I'm deep in the woods & just moved here recently). I was shocked to see that almost everyone said "there's nothing I can do". I mentioned that I plan to buy a BRAND new good shed, and many said they'll get into it anyway. I don't understand how, if it locks, has no windows, and is new and solid. But they all insist the raccoons will get in anyway. Well, somehow in the conversation my chickens came up and all heck broke loose. I have chicks in the brooder now and still need to build the run. They were saying really discouraging things like "you need to pick one, chickens or raccoons", "you can't keep chickens if you have raccoons" and joked around saying things like "I hope your coop is REALLY secure", yawk yawk. Now I'm not only discouraged about my trash, but down right scared about my chickens. They have me really worked up. I don't have any building experience, but I was going to have a friend help me, and my plan was to completely enclose the hen house inside a run, which I planned to build with 2 x 4's and hardware cloth on all sides, including the bottom, using those extra deep staples. But obviously there will need to be a coop door to the run, and so now I'm afraid they'll just squeeze under that since I obviously can't connect the bottom of the door to the ground. Can people please give me some basic tips on what measures I can take to construct a simple but VERY SECURE run? Does what I described sound sufficient or are there other measures I should take? I would like to connect the run to my shed at one end, for added support and it would give the end a wall against the wind. I'd show pics but none of this is even started yet. How many of you agree that the chickens are hopeless with raccoons around? What is your experience with this? I would love to see RUN PICS, especially pics from those of you who have raccoons that lurk, but that have been unable to enter your run. Tips, pics & advice on building a simple, raccoon proof run would be very much appreciated. The chicks are getting bigger every day and I need to get moving on this! Thank you so much for any advice & pics you can offer.