I'm confused I am converting a shed and existing dog pen into a coop and run. I am in the process of moving and have no tools here, am construction challenged and my husband is 600 miles away. I am hiring a handyman to help me with everything that needs to be done. He came over yesterday and I told him what I wanted. The run has very old, rusting existing 2x4 wire that is 4ft high. I wanted to take it down, and replace it with chicken wire 5-6 ft high, and wrap the run with 3 ft of hardware cloth, one foot of it buried. Since there are very tall pine trees in the run, covering it is not an option. I was planning on putting some bird netting up to keep hawks from diving in. My chickens will be locked up every night, and there are several dogs that wander our neighborhood. I am pretty sure the dogs will keep predators at bay during daytime. Everyone on my street has at least 2-3 dogs and they all wander the yards. I am in a rural setting, backing up to woods. Well, this guy just shot everything down. He has raised chickens all his life (I'm a Northern transplant) and told me no way can I not have the run covered. He also said I only need hardware cloth two feet under the ground like a skirt around the pen, not up the bottom of the fencing. He said I should keep the 2x4 wire and just go up another 2 feet to make it 6 ft high. He said no matter what I do, unless I clip their wings they will fly out even if the pen is 6 ft tall. Can someone tell me what type of fencing is appropriate?? I have been reading here for a year now and I thought I had it all figured out!