Hi, everyone, I need some advice on getting my coop and run area safe for the chickens we plan to get this spring. Our property had a chicken coop installed when we bought it, and the previous owners constructed the coop essentially between the stockade-style fence and an outbuilding/shed. The run is the small, triangular space between the coop, the fence, and the outbuilding. Here are my questions: 1. The run needs some sort of covering, right? Hardware cloth? Chicken wire? Should we try to construct a solid roof? My husband thinks the previous owners created this setup because the run is sort of a small area, which he thinks would discourage any hawks or other flying predators, but I'm not convinced. 2. Do I need to worry about the small open space under the door to the run? Our yard is completely fenced in, for what it's worth. 3. We plan to bury bricks and hardware cloth or chicken wire in the ground on the outside of the fence around the run to keep out predators who might be inclined to dig under the fence. Will that be sufficient protection? 4. We're planning on three or four hens, but I've poked around this forum enough to realize that we may soon end up with a few more Does the run look big enough? We are planning to let the chickens free-range in the yard when we're home and can be outside with them. I'd be so grateful for any advice or thoughts you all can offer!