I have lost 4 hens and a roo total over 1 year of owning hens to predators. Saying that I only have had 11 hens and 2 roos total over this year, that seems like a lot. I have stopped letting them out of their coop daily just because I dont want to loose any more. I only let them out if I am watching or around the yard for the day. The main predator - I believe - are coyotes. We live on 5 acres, about half are still forested and a large forested buffer zone is right next to us creating the perfect coyote habitat. I could make a run but unfortunently the only door on my coop is in the front and the only area in front of the coop without running into my pasture fence (which I dont mind them being in the pasture) is gravel. I dont see the practicality of making a run on gravel, there isnt really much for them to scratch in or anything. On the left side of the coop is the horse pasture. I am willing to sacrifice an area here for a run but there is no direct door into it and my chickens wont let me pick them up without a fight. On the back and right side is a large forested area. It is mostly dirt with blackberries and trees ect. Its pretty much a 'nature zone', but again there is no door or way to get the chickens out. So what do you think I should do? I could build a tractor but I am worried that the expense would be high and the problem with catching the chickens still remains. Note: When I say run I meen made out of green T-Posts and hardware wire with some sort of cover so it can be moved if the area is easily dipleated.