I know nothing about hot-wiring fences or electric fences but I live in a condo in a city with 3 pet chickens and someone on this board suggested I could protect them from predators by stringing three lines of electric wire around my tractor, and have it hooked up to an energizer that could be powered with D batteries. So I looked at Flemingoutdoor and they do indeed sell energizers that run by D batteries and cost less than $50, but there is no description to see how they actually work or what else I would need to buy and do. I have a child myself, a dog, neighbors with toddlers, and probably skunks and racoons and other predators who might try to eat my chickens. Is there anywhere online I can read about how setting up an electric fence works? I have looked at whole kits (flexinet, poultynet, others - with movable stakes and a flexible netting attached - but those kits are several hundred dollars and cover a lot more space than I would have need for). I've been pricing hardware cloth and maybe using an electric fence would be cheaper than buying hardware cloth!