Hi guys, I live in western Washington, and I'm planning on getting some chickens. I have a million questions, but my first is about fencing. When I was a kid we had chickens, and (like most people I imagine) we lost a hen to a raccoon one night because my dad left the coop door open. I was 5-6 at the time, and I still have vivid memories of following the trail of feathers and little blood drops until we found one of her legs. Needless to say, I never want to have this happen again. I am terrified. Ultimately, will my chickens not be safe unless the fence is buried and has a roof on it? Because I don't see what's to prevent the raccoons from just climbing inside the fenced area, effectively trapping the chickens in a space with predators. The only consideration here is that raccoons are mostly nocturnal as far as I know, so maybe as long as the chickens are safely inside the coop before dark they would be safe, without having to have a buried fence and a roof? The only chicken we ever lost (except for one juvenile who was free ranging and just never came back) was at night in that unsecured coop. I truly wish I had all the money in the world. I wouldn't hesitate to spend it if I felt I could in good conscience, but I've gotten a quote from a fence builder and he said he'd do a plain fence for $750, while the buried roofed version was $2,100+. I honestly shouldn't even spend the $750, but I'm terrified of my chickens running off into the woods and getting eaten by a coyote or something. I'll spend the $2,100 if I have to, but I don't want to do it if it's just my worries getting the best of me, and it's really unnecessary. Can someone tell me if my fears are founded or if I'm just an excessive worrier? Do I need to do the complete enclosure, or would just a plain fence be fine, because if I spend $750 on a fence that doesn't work, I've wasted $750. My coop is in the part of my yard where the lawn meets the forest, so just barely into the trees. It's great for shade and some protection from the rain/snow, but I worry that predators are more likely to be there because it is more secluded. Also, I know a lot of people use electric fencing. Would having that eliminate the need for a roof or for the fence to be buried, or is it just added protection? I hadn't even thought about it until recently, so any insight is much appreciated.