I am building a large run that will hold a lot of chickens, I noticed the smaller the gauge got the bigger the price got. I'm not the richest man in the world so I was looking at buying some fencing with the bigger gaps but I first wanted to know how dangerous it was. All my chickens are too big to fit through any of these holes, however, raccoons hands and arms could probably reach in several inches on the sides. Seldom do we have day time raccoon sightings but it's there. I love chickens dearly but sometimes question their intelligence, will they know to steer clear of a raccoon that's standing on the edge of the fence? will they approach him? The run is going to be fairly wide, at least 12 or 15 feet so the chickens won't be cramped by any means. I've only ever lost one chicken to a predator and that's cause he hadn't learned to use the coop just right yet and was sleeping on the floor of the run near a fence. Coon plucked him right out and made a meal of him. Would hate to have that happen again.