I was just wondering if I even needed to put a top on my run, which hasn't been built yet. There will be safety under the coop as well as under an apple tree which will overhang the run. If the top of the run is to only keep out hawks, then I'd think I'm safe with not covering it. I do live in a rural area, with raccoons and other animals, but we have two good dogs, one being a Great Pyrenees, which I would think would help guard the girls. They will be locked up at night. We haven't built the coop yet, either. They are in a temporary run during the day and spend their nights in the top floor of an old summer kitchen outbuilding. I hand carry them to the outside run every day and then bring them in at night. They're about 10 wks old and I am a pathetic newbie. I just want them be safe, but my hubbie isn't as into this whole project as I, and saving money is a consideration, as well. Thanks for any advice from all you wise chicken sages.