I don't live in the desert. However, I had a chainlink fence in the suburbs for 31 years and when I got backyard chickens realized it was not strong enough to keep out city raccoons, digging dogs, etc, so we finally installed block wall fencing buried almost 2 feet into the soil. When we had chainlink we used rolls of 28-inch rabbit fencing to keep chickens in a contained part of the yard and that works well with chickens. But to keep predators out it is useless. What is really useless is 1-inch chicken wire which unravels from itself and predators can easily dig holes through it. Hardware wire cloth buried about 18" into the soil will discourage most digging predators but you would need strong posts to adhere the hardware cloth -- 1/2 inch square hole hardware cloth is best, 1/4-inch is too weak. As for deer, they can jump over 6-foot fences if they are really hungry for vegetation on the property. A friend of mine on 40 acres has fenced off about an acre of property around her house with electric fencing and it seems to be working for her. Still, there is the issue of rabbits that will dig/crawl under the fence. Only buried hardware cloth will keep digging pests out. My daughter's property butts against a nature preserve and she has iron fencing that really doesn't look bad in her vegetation preserve and it's been successful keeping out bear, mountain lion, bobcat, lynx, coyote, deer - but the smaller animals like rabbits, skunks, rats, mice, rattlesnakes, raccoons, possums, etc. still get in. Her neighbor used hardware cloth around the base of their iron fence and have been successful keeping out the destructive rabbits from their garden.