We have an electrified line that we installed about 1 foot off of the ground around our back yard to stop one of our very smart and persistent dogs from escaping the yard. She stopped trying to escape as she got old so we did not bother replacing the last set of batteries. We now have a ?fox? issue and have reinstated the electricity to the line (we found 3 places where something has dug under the fence). I have had chickens for about 2.5 years and they have been touching that wire and have no reason to be afraid of it. My question is: How bad will this be for my chickens if they touch this wire? The power is 7 D batteries and it is set to pulse. The wire itself is actually for cows and horses. I figure the ?fox? feels safe in our yard because our dogs have aged and no longer charge off of the porch at the slightest sound to confront the source but stand on the deck and bark. They also do not patrol the grounds like they used to but do their business within 15 feet of the deck instead of in the woods near the fence. My DH now gets to go out and pee on the fence and encourage the now lazy dogs to go with him. The hen house/coop is secure. Our loss happened when they were out in our fenced wooded yard.