The new chicken tractor location is going to be at my bro's. He lives in a semi country setting between a river and a creek. Mink, fox, coon, snakes, stray cats and dogs would be the predators. The tractor is going to be a 6x3 and right now we have a hen broody on 5 eggs (she was broody sitting on nothing since the end of Fed. we finally gave her some fertile eggs since she wants to be mother so bad) we plan on transferring her over with her babies when the new coop is complete. Of course after the little ones are raised at about 6-8 weeks only 3 will be staying in the new coop. Now for the problem! We didn't want the babies and eventually adult chickens to become a meal for any of the predators listed above so we thought about using 1/2 hardware cloth all around the coop including the bottom of the run. But now after buying the hardware cloth and already putting it on I found out it was a bad idea due to it hurting the adults feet. Is there any other options to do in this kind of situation?? I do know the mink, fox, coons and snakes are terrible over at his place. The coons wouldn't have been so bad if the neighbor wouldn't have been feeding them years prior. Finally one of the "pet" wild coons came on the porch and almost killed their chihuahua in front of them after that they stopped feeding but the coons still hang around.