Need some advice for a newbie, please. My significant other raised chickens before in Maine and OK years ago. Me? Never had any type of pet beside a cat. It's basically city girl with country boy... Lol.. I am the type of person that thinks thorough research should be done when embarking on any type of project. I have read stories about weasels getting through chicken wire and also someone stated a hawk was able to reach through the chicken wire with its talons and grabbed a chicken. He says that's a bunch of BS because a chicken is not that stupid to sit there while a hawk had landed near by to allow it to reach in and grab. So I'm wanting to return all the chicken wire and welded wire that we have to Home Depot and purchase only hardware cloth. He seems perturbed. Our run is going to be 1080 Sq. Ft. We are surrounded by predators foxes, coyotes, raccoons, possums weasels, dogs! Am I wrong? Would it be safe to have chicken wire for the top covering? Can the raccoons climb up there and tear the chicken wire? Do you recommend hardware cloth ALL over? I'm just trying to do it right the first time and not get stressed out with dead chickens later. The for your help.