We recently moved to the Ranchettes section of Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida. We're building an aviary that is 20 x 24 feet. We plan to stock it with some chickens and pheasants. What gauge and size of cage wire is recommended to protect against local varmints, critters, predators? 10x12 of the area will be protected from rain by plastic roofing panels, the rest of the area will enclosed by cage wire stapled to pressure treated wooden framing. We've already trenched 1 foot down around the perimeter and cemented in rabbit fencing. We had a similar structure in CT, but used ordinary 1 inch hex poultry fencing -- but down here several people are telling us the 'coons will tear right through that @#$y chicken wire! So, for example, is 1x2 inch cage wire enough protection? (For example: tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/cage-wire-36-x-25-ft-1-x-2-in?cm_vc=-10005 ) Or do we need to go to 1x1 or even tighter? Also, we have a hound dog that patrols our fenced-in yard. To some degree we believe that deters 'coons and foxes from visiting, but the dog will not be on guard 24x7... Inside the larger enclosure, under the roof will be some perches and nesting/laying boxes. We're not worried about cold here, so we don't need a conventional "chicken house" or coop. thanks in advance for chiming in!