Hi! I have been lurking and learning from so many wonderful people here on BYC! I live in Kitsap County in western Washington state. We live in an old cottage in an old neighborhood where at one time everyone had chickens. My neighborhood and I believe the county in general has a horrible rat problem, made worse by the ivy which covers the ground in the woods. We are also swamped with raccoons and coyotes. I saw a mink a couple years ago, so they are here too, and probably the sneakiest threat I'll have to outsmart. Before I dare bring a chicken home I will need an electrified fortress, so I'm still trying to figure out the right layout for the run and the right design for a coop. In the meantime, thanks to reading the forums at BYC I can be accumulating hardware cloth! I plan on placing the coop and run near my vegetable garden, not only could I use the fertilizer and the help with bugs and weeds, but most of all I would enjoy the company.