I'm trying to think of ways to cut costs - I have most of my coop and run done, but haven't put up the hardware cloth yet and want to see if I can get by without it. Anybody know how long a raccoon's arm is? I'm asking because... I have welded wire livestock fence (2x4) surrounding the entire run, and was wondering if I could get away with putting chicken wire on the inside of the pine 2x4's that the welded wire is attached to. That would the welded wire to keep stuff out, then a gap of 1.5 inches before the poultry netting. What are the chances something could reach through that and still get the chickens? They will be put in a secure coop each night and let out in the morning - I'm just talking about during the day while I'm at work. In my mind a chicken would have to be pretty dumb to be standing right there next to the fence to get grabbed - can somebody with experience tell me how likely that is? Also - my coop is around 120 sq feet and the run is 144 sq feet - how many chickens can I have at max capacity (all heavy breeds)? Thanks.