Hi all, Not sure if here is the best place to put this but I thought I'd try it since it involves the design of our run for the chickies. The plan is to put an apron of hardware cloth extending about 2 feet from the base of the run on the outside, but I'd like to line the outside of the run with pots of beneficial herbs for the chicks to make it pretty and give the girls something fun to pick at if it grows through the hardware cloth on the run. My concern is that having the pots there (up to about 9-12" in diameter or we may go with raised bed boxes, not for sure on that yet) will shorten the 2 feet to 1 foot of apron and potentially create an opportunity for them to discover an access point by going out a bit further to dig. Maybe I'm giving the nasty buggers more credit than they deserve, but I want to make sure my chickies are safe so I wanted to get some thoughts on this idea. I know they make 3 ft widths of hardware cloth and if it comes down to it, I'll go that route, but didn't want to impede on the husband's lawn anymore than I already am (with a 10x15' coop and 400+ sq ft run planned). Any insight if the 2 ft will work even with planters taking up about 1/2 the width? Any other suggestions, I'm open to any ideas. Some helpful info: We have a mixed flock of 30 birds, all standard size, just 3 weeks old now and still in the brooder in the garage. We have 1 roo for sure because we ordered him, but may have several more in the mix and will cull when the time comes. We have over an acre in the country surrounded by farm land and 3 dogs (2 black labs and 1 chocolate lab) that we must keep out as well since one already mouthed one of my girls (she's ok, but my heart stopped hardcore for a few beats). The run will be in a T formation off the short side of the of the coop b/c that's the space we have to put it and will butt up against our garden on 1 side (the outside top of the T). Thanks for any suggestions or input. I really appreciate it.