I really appreciated our earlier gun discussion. It gave me a lot of good information to think about. Now, perhaps we can have a similar talk about electric fencing? I am thinking more and more strongly about putting up a hot wire around the enclosed chicken yard. In addition, I'm thinking about running it from there over to another fence line, which may end up having llamas behind it. In both cases, my main intention is to keep my own dogs out. I expect the dogs to do a pretty good job of keeping other critters away. Unfortunately, I know next to nothing about electric fences. I mean, I know you need a charger, and the wires run across insulators, but that's about it. So, here's a few questions to start with: 1. How do you deal with gates through an electric fence? 2. How do you decide what strength of charge to use? 3. Do you need different types of chargers and/or wire for different charges? 4. One side of the chicken yard fence will be on the property line. The neighbors have a small boy, so I don't want to put the hot wire on that side -- don't want to be shocking the neighbor's kid! However, this will also be the only side that the dogs won't be able to patrol, so it makes me nervous about predators. I also can't bury fencing since my land is solid rock, but I will run a length of fence wire out on the ground and put rock on top, which I hope will discourage any digging. I'll think of more questions later. Any input would be welcomed!