Hi there. If I am duplicating a previous post, I apologize. Please feel free to redirect me. My husband and I are still setting up to bring our hens home. I am extremely anxious for this to happen if it ever stops snowing long enough to put the posts for the run into the ground. My question is this; is it necessary to bury the fence or boards to keep predators out if the hens are secured in their coop from dusk to dawn? I don't feel like it is really necessary as we live in an area where yes we have an occassional fox but are still in a residential area where I would think predators would be deterred from spending much time. The other reason my husband is insisting on bury fencing or boards is to keep rats out. I don't like the idea of large rodents in my coop but again isn't there better ways to deter them from getting in? I appreciate any of your expert input!