We're planning to keep ducks, and thought they'd winter well in our vegetable garden, which is enclosed by a board fence 5 feet high, if we keep the ducks inside a secure night coop and let them out only in the daytime. The local predators are foxes, coyotes, and especially raccoons. Does anyone know the mechanics of electrifying a board fence? Would a run of tape about eight inches off the ground work? (The raccoons routinely scale the fence the day the sweet-corn ripens, but I'm far more likely to dispense a dose of 12-gauge fever in the middle of a warm summer night than when it's 20 below and there's snow on the ground.) How would you handle the tape across the gate? (The current gates are wooden.) What happens when the electric fence-tape is buried beneath the snow? Would I need several runs of tape up the fence? The garden is beyond sane extension-cord reach, so we'd probably use some sort of solar- or battery-powered charger; we have a couple of solar panels kicking around the house that can handily recharge a 12-volt deep-cycle battery. Thanks!