We are building a new coop and run for our 5 chicks, which at 4 months old have outgrown the prefab coop/run we bought for them. For the coop, we bought plans from mypetchicken.com for the Bella coop. It is going to be extremely safe and predator proof and our girls are great at going up into the coop from the run before 7 every night. Because the coop is so secure, we were thinking about just using a chain link fence run, similar to a dog run. The run will be up against the side of the house, so will be partially covered by the roof overhang which should protect from hawks. We do have coyotes nearby, but we don't see them during the day ever and we've never seen them that close to the house. I know that everyone will say that hardware cloth that is a small gauge is the safest, but I'm curious if people think that a less secure run with an extremely secure coop will work? It's only at night that I'm worried about predators. Thanks for any help!!