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I use field fence and chicken wire as an apron put down on the outside perimeter all the way around the pens. Eventually chicken wire rusts, but field fence lasts a long time. I lay it flat on the ground at the base of the pen and use fencing nails to hammer it in to the pressure treated 4x4 landscaping timbers. How much fence extending out from the base of the pen is up to you, I normally lay down 2 feet. I dont cover it with dirt or anything. Grass and roots eventually grows through the field fence and chicken wire making it impossible to rip up or rip through it without mechanical means such as a tractor or truck with chain.
Keep in mind that predators do not have the ability of "reason" to dig outside the apron to get inside the pen. I've never had a predator make through an apron. Here's some pics of my set up:
 

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