Alright guys, last year I managed to put in a small 6x8ish run but it nearly killed me. Ha. My husband is more of a computer guy and less handyman so I was pretty much on my own. We live in southwest Connecticut and have an acre and a half of mostly wooded land and rocky hill. When we bought the house a few years ago there was a rotting shed next to our driveway on a small flat area- this area is where we ended up putting our chicken coop after we tore down the shed. The grassy flat area is about 8 feet deep and probably 40 feet wide but is boarded by the paved driveway in the front and by a rock wall and hill in back and rock walls on the side. This is the area during construction. Now we managed to complete the run you see and right now have a tarp over the top to keep the snow/rain off. I originally wasn't too concerned with the size because we were free ranging our hens most of the day and with the combined coop and run space even when locked up the hens had their 10sq feet each. But it's not enough. We've got hawks scoping the babes out so they've been locked up most of the winter and they seem incredibly bored. Plus the rooster is making them barebacked and there just isn't room for them to run away from him. I need to at least double the length of the run this summer. My problem is that the soil we have in this area is incredibly rocky. I had to trench it by hand because we were told a rented trench machine couldn't handle the rocks. I also had to dig our a much larger area than just the trench due to the size of some of the rocks we uncovered (of course they were where posts had to go!) Along the back wall of the run we ended up doing an apron of hardware cloth in a shallow 6inch trench because I just couldn't dig any more. That has worked so far but do you guys recommend continuing in this way and just doing an apron around the new build? Or do I need to look into some big digging equipment to get us a trench? Of course I don't want a major expense. I've been doing everything myself to keep the cost down but I know my limits... but I want to keep things predator proof so just laying the walls on the ground isn't good enough for me. Has anyone else overcome this issue? Any tips for installing posts and run walls with rocky soil?