Hey ya'll! Having given much thought I have decided to go with a gianormous uncovered yard and provide the girls with little "pullet pavilions" for shelter from the hot Texas sun and flying preditors. I was planning on an approximately 6' high fence, 5' 2x4 welded wire mesh with a 4" top rail and an 8" base board, with the wire mesh over-lapping the top rail and base board by approximately 2" each. Well the laborers came today and set the 8' 4x4 posts that I had purchased in concrete. After seeing the posts set I realized that perhaps a 6' high fence is insufficient. I think I should have purchase 10' 4x4 posts, but it is too late for that! Will my little darlings be able to fly over, or at least to the top of the fence? Preditors that concern me and precautions intended to take: Hawks... provide "pullet pavilions" for shelter from the dreaded dive and dash Snakes... provide a "hot wire" around the parimeter of the yard approxiamtely 7" above the ground (this was my darling redneck husband's idea... he says snakes will not go over anything and that it is their instinct to go under and when they do they will be zapped) Now regarding snakes: I have seen 3 of the deadliest snakes in Texas on our property, cotton mouths, copperheads and one coral snake. I have also seen the common gartner snakes and rat snakes. DRH says we also have something called a "chicken snake" that will go after eggs and not the chickens. I would freakin' die if I reached into a nesting box and encountered one of these repulsive creatures! 4-legged preditors (dogs, coons, bobcats, opossums, and anything else I have not yet encountered)... that 7" hot wire previously mentioned I believe the coop itself is relatively preditor safe and I intend to keep my girls on lockdown from sunset to sunrise until they are 18 years of age! Here's where you come in. I need the valuable advice of my fellow BYCers and pictures of your yards. I know ya'll can be a little shy when it comes to sharing your opinions but please don't hold back! Thanks!!!