We just bought a 12 x 12 x 6 dog kennel off Craigslist for our in-town chickens. (Baby chicks arrive in ~8 days!!). I would love any and all suggestions on how to make it predator proof. We plan to bury the fence itself about 3-4 inches down. I will wrap the fence with hardware cloth (how high up should I go? 30"? taller?) I will add an apron of hardware cloth around the perimeter (how best to connect the apron HWC to the wrap HWC? zip ties?) The apron will be weighted down with bricks and slate all around. The top will be covered with aviary netting (I was planning to zip tie the netting to the fence) Part of the top will also be coved with a 16m tarp (also to be zip tied on) Motion sensor floodlights will be installed. I'm not sure how to best pred-proof the gate to the fence and still be able to open it! HELP!? I know that we have skunks and red-tailed hawks. Our backyard is Grand Central for all the neighborhood cats (household and feral), so I'm sure our run will be like cable tv for them. Plenty of large dogs around, too, although I've only ever seen one off-leash roaming by itself. I know we will soon be seeing other predators lining up with BBQ sauce once the chickens arrive. I would LOVE to be able to let my hens out into the run in the morning, even on days I'm going to work, and not have to put them back into the coop until evening. Is it possible to pred-proof enough to be able to do that?