Ok. Here's the scoop. We're working on our coop (in our garden). The garden itself is surrounded by a 6' chain link fence, mainly because we have antelope and deer crossing in the area. We'd like to let our chickens roam the garden and help out with the hoppers and other bugs. The problem? Our soil is absolutely horrible to work with--We had to do 3' raised garden beds with "imported" soil so we can grow anything more than tumbleweeds and sage. The soil is so bad that last year, my husband's new tractor auger broke after drilling only six holes on another project. Do we do the entire garden fence with the hardware cloth or just build a separate run? The fencing is about 40' x 60', so not a small area! If we were to clip their flight wings, would we still have trouble with the chickens ransacking our 3' high garden beds? Or should we just plan on a covered run? Only half the garden is filled with raised beds, so we do have the room to do whatever we want. Here's a pic of the coop to give an idea of the area. BTW- The pop out door is going in on the right wall.