I've just joined the group and have about a million questions. I'll try to avoid flooding the forum, but it's gonna be hard. As I mentioned in my intro post in the new member intros forum, we had some meat birds last year but now want to set up for a permanent flock. The meat birds were housed in an old wooden granery (think square wooden shed) and didn't have an outdoor run but I want a better set up for a permanent flock. I have another granery about 12 x 12 and plan to put up a run beside it. I have an over-eager Australian Shepherd dog whom I wouldn't trust around chickens. We also had major coyote problems (we raise goats) but a trio of LGD's solved that problem. One of the LGD's is loose in the yard and I'm not sure if he'd leave chickens alone either, so canine proofing the chicken yard is a must. I have a lot of experience canine proofing goat fences, but I'm a little out my element when it comes to birds. I know I want the run enclosed on top and tall enough to walk through, so it'll have to be about 6 ft high, I figure. I'm also concerned about canines (mine or the wild kind) and other enterprising predators digging under the fence, so what would be the best type of fence for the chicken yard? My goat fencing is all done with posts set in the ground, of course, but that would be hard to protect from diggers, wouldn't it? I've heard of burying some of the fence wire, but how deep would it have to be to ensure nothing could dig under? This might be overkill here, though, because we had a few bantams as pets last year and they were in a small 2 storey rabbit hutch. The lower storey was ground level and neither of the dogs ever tried to dig under or even bothered the birds in any way, but I'd hate to find out the hard way that a more active flock moving about in a larger area triggered a keener interest from the dogs. I haven't decided what type of wire to use either. We are limited in our choices here in rural Saskatchewan, but I can get a 4x2 in. welded wire (stucco wire). It doesn't come as tall as I'll need but I thought about using it on the bottom or running two layers to get the height I need. I'll have to add chicken wire around the bottom because the holes are large enough for young birds to at least poke their heads through. Chain link might be an option, but only if I win the lottery. Sorry to ramble on for so long, but I'm trying to get all of this figured out before winter ends and we can get started on the building. Thanks for listening.