Hi everyone! So, I've been trying to figure out how to contain my chickens when they are outside of their coop. I will be getting 4 different breeds..Black Austalorp, Buff Brahma, Salmon Faverolles, and a Splash Marans. Their coop/run combo is 4x4 of coop space, with 4x8 of attached run. They wont be in there all the time, because I also have a good size fenced area about 10'x40' filled with weeds that they can wander around in. So, my options are to let them have full use of that space (I prefer this), orrr, keep them in a 4x8x 2ft high run, and move it around every couple of days. I found some plans on Mother Earth News,http://www.motherearthnews.com/Hands-On-How-To/Poultry-Pen.aspx that I think I can make, given that I will be using a hand-saw since I'm scared of power saws. Do you think 2ft is high enough for those breeds? If I let them run around freely in the area, I am concerned about my neighbors dog. They have a German Shepard, with a 6 foot (MAY be 7' on their side, I know we are elevated from them slightly) wooden fence between us. I worry about the dog jumping over or digging under. Do you think he would try? If they run freely during the day when I am home, I was thinking of reinforcing the bottom 2 feet with hardware cloth, although this may be cost prohibitive, and we are renting, so I dont want to invest too much, and then I would also have to figure out a cover since I just saw hawks the other day. Decisions, decisions!! Any and all thoughts are welcome and appreciated!