There's so much info and we've learned tons. Now we need some real clarity, however, in our chicken coop plan - specifically on predator proofing (as much as we can). I've read so much, that my eyes are blurring! If you've time and have thoughts to share, please do so! The ag extension agent said our most likely predators will be coons and skunks. Our neighbors dogs run loose and we've seen a hawk in the field next to the house very often. We're building the coop from scratch, supported on pretreated lumber joists. Walls will be some type of sheeting, insulation and vinyl siding. We plan to keep chicken feed and supplies stored in metal cans with secure lids. 1. The coop and run will have a buried perimeter of wire, but what kind? We see anything on the web from chicken wire to hardware cloth. 2. We also plan to attach hardware cloth to the bottom of the plywood flooring before laying it down. Do we need to put down 1/2" wire or will 1" be sufficient for critters boring up from underneath (they'll have had to negotiate the buried perimeter to get to the floor). 3. We think we should put hardware cloth on all windows and vents. 1/4", 1/2"? 4. For the run, we read that chicken wire only works to keep the chickens in. So - what kind of wire should we put on the frame? 5. For the hawk, we plan to eventually put a roof on the run, but thought we'd start with netting? Thanks for bearing with us. We're so excited to get started but want to do all we can to protect our new chickens when they arrive!