Hi all, newbie here, first chicks arriving May 18. I have been poring over the forums and learning lots, but I am hoping to get some consolidated feedback from people in similar situations to mine as to the best methods for building a secure outdoor run. Here are my parameters: There will be 6 hens in the flock We have the space to build a run as large as 16' x 40'. We can't really let them free range so I want to give them as much enclosed space as possible We are surrounded by a large nature preserve and are regularly visited by racoons, fox, opposums, and red tail hawks. Although we haven't seen them ourselves, bald eagles have been spotted in our area. We are in lower New York state, so we don't get crazy amounts of snow but we usually get at least one storm that deposits 2-3 feet each winter. We will be running power from the house to the coop, so electric fencing is an option I'm still torn between a "hoop house" style outdoor run and a traditional wood-framed run I still haven't worked out if it is more economical to go all hardware cloth and no electricity or larger gauge fencing with electric along the lower half I'm not sure how worried we need to be about mammalian predators during the day. At night the girls will be locked up tight in a secure coop if you are willing to share photos of your predator-proof setup and comments about what has worked (and not worked) for you, I would greatly appreciate it. I would rather not break the bank but I also don't want to cut corners and kill my girls as a result. Thanks for your opinions!