We've got tons of slugs and grasshoppers so I want a chicken moat around the garden. The garden is large, about 120x150. That will make a really huge moat which means it'll need approx 1000' of fencing. And that begins my problem... see, I'm married... I have to keep the costs reasonable so here's what I'm planning: Lowes sells a plastic garden fencing that's similar to plastic chicken wire but a bit thicker and stronger. It's 4' high. I have some locust posts I can use and thought I'd alternate them with some metal posts. For coops, I'd like to go with a simple hoop design since I'll need several to house the different kinds/sexes/ages of poultry (chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guineas.) Predators: we have coyotes in the vicinity though I've never seen any here. In fact I've never seen much of any wildlife around here, but we've only been living here a month and we make a lot of noise, lol. We're on 17 acres, bounded by woods and some houses. But I know if I put chickens in, every raccoon in the county will beat feet to get here so they need to be secure. We don't have any LGDs yet but plan on getting a couple shortly. In the meantime the fence will have a couple strands of electric. My thought is to fortify the fence and then I can get away with cheaper housing. The coops will be fairly small since the birds will have access to large runs. The runs will be planted with a variety of chicken goodies, greens, grains and root vegetables, etc. and can be closed off so they can be rotated. Does this sound like a doable plan or just dumb/overly ambitious/naive? Do you think the plastic fencing will work or is that just a waste of money that'll need replacing in a month? I can't afford 1000' of expensive fencing for this project, since we're paying a bunch to put in perimeter fencing right now. Here's my inspiration for this setup: www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=209821 www.motherearthnews.com/Sustainable-Farming/1988-05-01/Garden-Pest-Control.aspx I'd really appreciate any advice. Thanks.