We are almost there. Chicks should go in coop this weekend. Just final things to do to secure the run area. We bought a second hand walk in coop from a farmer and it is made out of chestnut, very secure except for a few repairs, mainly repairing the windows and covering them with hardware cloth. Tomorrow that should get done if the rain doesn't return. Hubby and I set posts and put up the first round of wire this weekend. It was 6 ft. 19 gauge welded wire fencing. We will put up 4 ft hardware cloth this weekend and bend it at the bottom to create an apron and he has boards to nail along the bottom also. Once this is done I feel pretty confident that the pen is predator resistant. But the top is really making me nuts. I bought a net to go over the top since we have a bad hawk problem but 2 years ago when we bought this property we didn't think things through very well. There is an apple tree inside the pen. At the time our thought was great shade not thinking about how hard it would make it to put a net up. That apple tree is driving me nuts and at this point I would just cut it down if it weren't a heritage apple. Anybody else backed themselves into a corner like this? I feel like that blasted apple tree is just gonna become an ambush post. Wiil try to put a pic so everyone can see what I mean but I seem to have problems connecting pics so it might end up in next post. Any ideas much appreciated. Okay not allowing me to upload the photo from my iPad so I don't know how to get a pic up. I uploaded my avatar and other pics and now can't.