Well, I just found out that 2x4x8 pressure treated pine is on sale this week for under 2 bucks a board. I guess that's my sign from the good Lord that it's time to start building. I'll be going out this weekend with my DH to pick up the supplies... shouldnt be more than $200 for an 8x12 run after all's said and done. (Not including chickens) My plans before I get ANY chickens (I planned to get 3 or 4) is to: build the run/nesting boxes Fence the run in 3x2 utility fence from bottom to top/cover with wire on top Border the bottom 3 feet of the run with hardware cloth/chicken wire to prevent any "late night coon drive throughs" Apron out chicken wire or hardware cloth about a foot and a half to deter digging from preds. Roof about a 4x8 foot section for shelter/shade and to keep the water cool. treat the area with food grade DE before letting the girls in Questions for the experts: Hex poultry netting is MUCH cheaper than hardware cloth.... what are your thoughts/experiences with Hex Netting and predator deterring? is 4x8 enough of a roofed section for the ladies? It gets to be in the mid 90's here in the summer. I've learned so much on this site so far, and I am learning more every day! Sometimes learning from peoples awful experiences - but learning nonetheless. Thanks all!