Ok so I am very new to this forum and was curious about somethings. Ok, I'm going to start building my coop and run and was first wondering what is the smalles that I could go for 1-3 chickens. I'm not sure what breed yet so just a general idea would be great. Also, what is the best way to protect from predators? I have some racoons, wild cats, and hawks in my general area and don't wan;t my chickens to get eaten. Also so what is the best way to protect against rats and mice being attracted? Can I out down those little rats and mouse poisons or will my chickens eat them? also what is best to use to cover my run in? I was thinking chicken wire or hardware cloth? THanks a lot!