We were lucky to buy a house with a pretty cool existing coop. All we needed was to add the outdoor area. The coop fairly protected from predators. It sits inside our backyard which is fenced with both field fence and two strands of hot wire. There are also two strands running around the coop. During the morning/early afternoon, our dogs patrol the yard around the coop. Then, until evening, we turn the hot wire off and let the chickens range. We currently have 20 chickens of various breeds.