My coop is a raised wood playhouse. I plan to enclose the underneath area, plus an extension out, with hardware cloth. The area I need to cover is 43 inches high. I'll use 48 inch hardware cloth. My question: Is that extra 5" enough to bury, if I apron it out? My yard is fenced in, and I'm in town so the beasties to consider are: raccoon, skunk, possum, and that danged cat that keeps teasing my dog. I know we have a skunk, because I can smell him right now. I know we have a possum, because I actually SQUEEZED one with my hand! I was reaching down into the trash can in the dark garage, to grab a bag of trash. Only it felt warm, fuzzy, and I swear it moved a little. When my eyes adjusted to the dark, I saw a "dead" possum in there. I waited, and sure enough, he came back to life and tottered off! So 5" enough, or should I tack on some chicken wire? I plan to lock the girls up (only have 2) at night.