I am a first time chicken owner and my husband and I have been designing and building our first coop. We fenced in the run this weekend and it is almost finished. I thought I would share our progress.... Instead of burying the chicken wire 12 inches under ground we folded it it outward 12-15 inches and laid the sod back down on top of it with an additional 2-3 inches of soil. So it is buried about 5-6 inches under.