I'm going to begin installing perimeter fencing around almost half of my property, roughly 5 acres and 1500 feet. Right now we have 18 guineas and 15 chickens that all free range unless I'm going to be gone all day. We have 4 ducklings and 3 poults that will eventually join the others for free forage time, but they're still pretty young. I'd love to buy 6' wire fencing but I just don't think I'll have the funds for the quantity I'm going to need, so I'm planning to go with something shorter like 4' and put a strand of hot wire along the top. The purpose of the fencing will be to discourage interlopers such as coyotes, fox, and the occasional bobcat, while keeping future goats and piggies inside. I'll have to put up pasture dividers here and there, but that will all come later. My question is specific to making the hotwire as safe for my birds as I can, particularly the guineas. I initially installed 3 strands of hot wire outside of their coop and run, before they were old enough to be turned out. Two young guineas found a way out of their run one day, and unfortunately one of them was electrocuted by the lowest "don't dig under my fence" strand. I was inside and heard distress calls, and came outside to find one already dead under the wire and the other one continually bouncing off of it in desperate attempts to rejoin her colleagues. They can be so smart and so stupid at times... So I'm imagining the guineas will be going back and forth over the fence I put up, and I don't want them getting either frightened away from the yard, or just plain fried. I thought about just shutting it off during the day while they're out, but if I have goats eventually I'm going to want to keep them in... Any suggestions on a safe design? Thanks!