We lost our third bird in one year yesterday, this time to a fox. I had run fishing line every square foot over their yard, which has seemed to prevent hawk attacks, but apparently one of our ladies figured out a way to get over the fence, and yesterday while we weren't home she was clearly taken by a fox. We are planning on moving the coop in the fall, a bit closer to our house and right next to our garden. We are hoping being closer to the house will deter some predators, but we have a lot of foxes Hawks and raccoons out here. I want to have a yard for them that is a sufficient size, yet protects them completely. We do let them out to free range when we are here and can watch them. We hope to keep about 10 chickens at a time. The area I have to work with is 40' x 50'. My husband wants to plant a tree inside the yard. I'd like something I can cover, but might have to work around the tree. I'd also like to make sure it is high enough to get inside and mow or trim without stooping over. Obviously the less expensive, the better. I don't think we need hardware cloth fencing, the 1" x 2" openings would probably work. Please share your ideas with me!