Hi, I am new here and love your site. I am looking at either building a coop or buying one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007D8319O/ref=gno_cart_title_0?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3LRDQCJ73A2H4 I have rats, racoons, possums, cats, my own dog. I was told and read to put hardware wire under the run - how do they get to the dirt then? A friend said to put sod in... I am in a city and backyard. I really dont want something to get in.. so I want to be prepared and try to prevent it first. So with that list of predators and who knows what else how should I go about making sure hte bottom is secure - hardware wire 1/4 is the best but how do they get to peck and scratch. Do I cover it with a board and put dirt on it? Do I have to dig into the ground to keep things out still? For a city we have a lot of racoons and skunks. I will screw the top lid down or latch it somehow very well. I was going to use a nipple pvc pipe water system and a standard feed bucket. Even growing them vegies and such. Any suggestions? Or is it best my father build us one? I plan on having at least one silkie and maybe a bantham or two. No more than 4 max. I need to be able to get into it as well as I have medical issues that are physical. I like the tamer birds and want to know can I keep a silkie with a bantham. Right now they are all raised with each other from the person I am obtaining them from. If building is better can someone direct me to a good design? Thank you, This site is the most informative!