Okay, after more thought and planning, I have decided that if the cute little fuzziness of little chicks does not melt my hubbys heart once he sees them I need practical things to win him over. Eggs is a plus, but seeing as how I only want a few little cochin bantams, that will be a tough sell. So I have decided to go with a chicken tractor for my coop design. That way, he no longer has to fertilize the yard. This will be an ace in the hole as yard work is not his favorite honey do. My question is in regards to wire for the run. I know what seems to be the most preferred is the 1x1 hardware wire for most. However, I also read that it is a good idea to allow extra wire at the bottom to lay on the ground to help deter predators from digging into the run. I have a 4 year old who is bound to be running around the tractor and I hate the thought of the wire being out on the ground where she could step on it or else fall on it and get cut. That would not be a plus with hubby obviously. I found this http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs...3&productId=100384027&N=10000003+90401+527472 and it seems like a positive alternative since it is not rough wire. If someone has used this, can you give me some feedback? Or any opinions would be appreciated. I certainly want our little ones safe from predators, but I have to look out for my kiddo too.