I'm in the process of building a new coop. I've had ducks in the past, not chickens, and all I used before was chicken wire. ETA: just wanted to clarify that I only used chicken wire for the fencing. I had a traditional coop. It's the fencing that I'm needing advice on I want to build something that is very secure but also affordable because I would like them to have a nice large yard. It will go around the perimeter of the garden. So, on one side, there is an existing deer fence that is 8 feet tall but I need to do something to secure the lower part to keep things from digging under and to make the holes smaller so chickens can't squeeze through. I'm considering digging a trench and maybe some 4' chicken wire and burying it 1.5 feet down. Sound good? For the other sides (not shared with the garden fence) I have no idea what to use. Is hardware cloth the best thing to bury? What can I use (cheap but sturdy) for the posts? Is there any kind of fencing that I should consider other than chicken wire? I saw some "alternative" chicken wire on the Home Depot website that was UV rated plastic... how does that stuff work? Anyone used it? Thanks for your help! Can't wait to hear what you have to say!!