i've got my chicks in the coop & there is a corral outside the pop door. to date, i have sat in the corral w/them to make sure no predators. i don't have a top on the run. i bought bird netting yesterday, put it over the corral & tied it securely this morning. i opened the pop door (beautiful day) & they have been going in & out all day. it's a big step for my babies. it's a big step for me too - to know that there probably will be losses is inevitable is a hard reality for me. at five weeks, i haven't lost one yet. this is a temporary fix while they are gaining some size. i know i can't baby sit them all day every day.