Hi there, I am uber new to this and researching away. My coop is being built, 4x5 raised up with a 9 foot run for my six girls, 3 Gold Laced Wyandottes and 3 Partridge Rocks. Having super fun with the babies. They are going to be a gorgeous flock and are very cuddly already (1 week old). I will be transferring them to the bathtub into two Lowe's medium moving boxes I taped together. The bathtub has a tall glass shower enclosure...should be adequate, lol, my fond hope anyway. Regarding coop/run design and predators, here is my question. Can I have the builder attach 1/2 in hardware cloth to the very bottom of the entire run and would that be adequate for predators? Or do I really need an apron and 12x12 pavers for the coop to sit on? If I have it done the second way, the coop would sit on the pavers and underneath the pavers and the entire run would be hardware cloth with a 12 inch apron, but it would not be attached to the base of the run. The run will sit on level (I hope) dirt with probably straw litter... I live in cold snow country in the woods with some neighbors about but many raccoons and other predators. The coop/run will also be inside my fenced yard, four foot high fence with 2x3 inch wire fencing (not really to keep anything out, but it has so far, mostly to keep two small dogs IN). So I plan to let the girls out to forage only in the fenced yard under supervision. I want to do this right the first time for peace of mind, mostly, and because it is complicated enough (go figure huh) without additional problems...! Many thanks for all input.