I've been reading posts about electric fences and I have managed to NOT get any of my questions answered, and to bring up more questions. My run is about 30x30, with 2x3 welded wire and chicken wire around the bottom and extended out a few feet to prevent digging. I'm going to string wire back and forth (and back and forth and back and forth...) between the top posts to deter hawks and owls. Now my only concern is climbers like raccoons, so I was thinking I would electrify the top of the fence. (and I am just hoping beyond hope that we don't have weasels...) But I was reading other posts to try to figure out exactly how I would do this, and came up with a concern- will climbers even get shocked? Is the wire of the fence (which presumably they will be in contact with as they are climbing) be enough of a ground so they get shocked? Or would I be better off electrifying the whole fence? Or is that even possible with the fence being in contact with the ground? My concern with electrifying the entire fence is not really the well being of my chickens or my dog (as I believe they would all learn the first time they tried to touch it...) but my kids, who despite being of above average intelligence don't learn very quickly from their injuries (so what if I hit my head on the wall when I jumped off the couch- I think I'll do it again!). So I'm afraid THEY won't learn after the first time they touch it. Of course, I know it won't really hurt them, so if that's the best option I'm willing to do it. Anyway, can I get some answers from other people with electric fencing? Anyone with just the top or top and bottom electrified? Thanks!