I'm affraid to let my chickens free-range any more, because I started out with 10 and I am left with 2 from the original 10. We found out that two wild-ish dogs were sneaking onto our property and having our chickens for snacks. We also have a resident hawk on our property. Here is what we have now... (pretty creative, I thought) (btw, the reason for the boards is that we tore down part of the lattice and had goat pins for my pregnant does. it is 4-board fence so we just stuck boards up there so the chickens couldn't get out. also there is chicken wire on the top) (yes, I realize it is a bit crowded in there) We cut a hole in the lattice and made a coop for them under the porch. We are going to be building another coop this week for the Buff Orpingtons (2 hens, 2 pullets, 1 cockerel) Anyhow, I am wondering the best way to go about building an outdoor run for them. Something easy, practical, and in-expensive. It will be right next to the goat pasture where we have 3 Great Pyrenees, which is right next to the house, so I am not concerened about preditors. (other than my own cats). What is the best type of fencing to use, also what should we use for a cover so that they can't fly out. Any ideas would be greatly appriciated! TIA!