We are in the process of building our coop/run combo for our new chicks and I have a few questions. I think I already know the answer, but just wanting some feedback/confirmation. We were going to go with HW cloth but ended up getting aviary wire and after searching the forum here, I am thinking this wasn't the best idea. (I know....I should have done more research before purchasing wire). My question is...would it still be OK to use the aviary wire since the chickens will be locked up at night in their coop or should I just cut my loss and purchase the HW cloth? My concern is that during the day the chickens will be in the same yard as our dogs (chicks in their run of course) and so I'm not sure how secure this will be or how interested the dogs are going to be in the chickens. Our one dog that is the most interested stays in the house when we are gone. 2x1" wire was recommended for strength and I like the idea except we have a bird hunting cat and I am afraid he will stick his arm in and grab at the chickens. I am thinking that we should just go with HW cloth, but if we could use what we already have that would be great. What do you all think?