Hello, I am semi new to BYC and the forums. I currently have 3 one month old Sex Link chicks (2 black, 1 red) and 4- 10 day old Buff Oprington pullets. I am starting to work on my coop and chicken run. I live on 5 acres, most of it wooded and know I have possums, assume there are raccons, haven't seen many skunks, but im sure there are coyotes as well. My dobes run the property from time to time and we haven't had any wildlife encounters yet, except for deer. My question is, on building the chicken run I have read where many of you talk about running wire mesh 3 feet out from the run to prevent digging. Do you think it could be just as effective if I used chicken wire all around, on all 4 sides, roof, and bottom? That way the entire bottom of the run is protected from any diggers. Any pros/cons for this? I am already considering putting padlocks on my nest boxes that will be on the outside of the coop to prevent any unwanted company by raccoons or other wild life. Any suggestions for construction, etc are welcome. I have looked at most of the coops on the coop pages, I think we are looking at building the coop to be 8x8? Originally was going to be 4x8 but now there is talk of 8x8. Oh, as far as location I am in East Tennessee. Thanks again for any help/suggestions !!!