I got the answer to why a raised coop and now I want advice on to cover the run or not. I know it needs to be protected from Hawks and Climbing predators so I know to use something that way. But my question is do we cover the run so it stays dry or does it really matter? I am currently using a chicken tractor with a A - Frame PVC pipe run covered in chicken wire. It has been fine for the flying predators but not so keeping the neighbors chicken killing dog away. I try to cover the run in the rain but it doesn't always work so it gets muddy and stinky. After getting an outrageous estimate to build a covered coop/run together we have decided to go with a Leonard 5x6 coop and hubby will build the run. Should the run be covered so it doesn't get wet and stinky?