Hi All - We are in the process of completing a chicken coop and my husband and I went to the feed store today to price out wire. I told him that the one most recommended here is the hardware cloth, but he is convinced that a dog and/or coon could tear right through it. He wants to use something with a larger diameter hole but is incredibly strong. I'm worried about snakes being able to squeeze in the holes but he says the only ones that could get through it are baby snakes. I want a coop that is Ft. Knox b/c I just could not bear anything happening to the girls, who are one month old. The diameter of the holes in the wire he wants to use is probably 1.5 to 2 times larger than that of hardware cloth. I'd love to know all your thoughts. Thanks!