So the 6 x 8 coop we are building should be pretty secure from nighttime predators. However, my husband thinks that a few t-posts and some hardware cloth will be find for the run they will be in during the daytime. I disagree and would like to build a run that is covered and has hardware cloth buried a foot or so around it. We live in rural NE Ohio. Dogs really aren't a major issue on our road. It is a VERY busy state route and dogs don't live too long if they are loose (Sadly, I know this personally.). The area I'm planning on putting the coop and run in is very open, but I could put their run under one of our big maples if that would offer some protection from hawks, etc. I think I'd still feel better with a covered run. Plus, I'm a little concerned about large branches falling from the trees since they are pretty old. Any thoughts? Are there any other daytime predators that I need to think about? Am I being overly concerned, or is my husband just being overly cheap?