I bought this coop from a farmer - who keeps all of her chickens (about 50+) in coops just like this all around her farm. About four per coop. So, I figured it would be perfect - tried and true. I visited her farm to pick up the coop and the chicks - and her chickens (and ducks) are really in coops like this. And seem content. She is able to let hers out to free range all day, and I had planned to do the same. But I live in the suburbs and even though I have a fenced in yard --- we have already had MANY issues with cats, hawks and one raccoon. Not to mention a neighborhood kid (REALLY!?!) and a few dogs that jumped our fence (or were let in by previously mentioned kid) . I realize that these should be other peoples problems not mine - since I have boundaries - but obviously - not every one does. MAKES ME NUTS. And since I don't really want to pick a fight with every one in the neighborhood because I do have to live here. And since I can't just sit outside all day and watch my free-ranging chickens......(even though I would like too!! ) I must make a living and also raise a few kids of my own! The only solution (other than getting rid of them altogether) was to build a run. Which you can see in the pic. I have yet to put hardware cloth on it - ran out of $$ till this week. I was wondering... A. Could I use something other than hardware cloth on the run -- like that wire that is recatngles (cheaper) B. Are my chickens going to be OK if I only let them out of this coop / run once a week (while I am watching the dumb cats) C. Do you see any problems with this set up? I am going to enclose the run and attach it to the coop and also considering enclosing the bottom part of the coop (it is 1.5 foot tall under there) so they have even more space to run around. After they scratch up all the grass - I am planning on using sand / gravel. The run is 8 ft long. What do you guys think????? Thanks....Erin my four sweet girls and their cute chicken butts.