I'm improving our coop run to help keep out predators. Currently just have chicken wire stretched across to keep the hawks out, but going to upgrade to hardware cloth or welded wire to make it more secure. Mesh will be screwed to top of lumber supports, 8' x 8' spans. I'm wondering about how to melt snow load so it doesn't sag or collapse. We're in Chicagoland. I'm going to get the largest opening available (that will still keep out critters out) so that snow can fall through. But inevitably we will get wet or icy snow that will get caught. I was thinking about threading roof/gutter heater cable through the mesh and plug it in when needed, to help snow melt & prevent accumulation. Anyone have experience with these? Will it work? If i have 100' of heater cable, i could run it back & forth across the 16' x 16' run about 6 times. Not sure if this would be enough coverage to heat enough acreage.