Hi all - I have a small, triangular-shaped piece of woods (100' per side) that I'd like to fence in for my dog and chickens. I currently only have one dog and hope to have 10 - 12 chickens. I already have a (future) chicken coop - I assume I need to fence in an area for the chickens. This will be within the larger fenced area so that the dog has access around the chicken pen. Hopefully this will help deter predators at night. My dog is a basset hound and is not a jumper. She spends 95% of the time in the house but will have free access to the yard (doggie door). I'll probably also inherit my mother's two greyhounds in the near future - they're not jumpers either. I'd like to leave the area wooded. Could I run electric wire around the perimeter but just run it from tree to tree instead of putting in posts?? (Obviously I'd have to use some sort of insulator to attach it to the tree.) None of the dogs are particularly bright (truthfully - they've lovable but dumb as dirt). Will they learn to respect an electric fence or does the dog have to be somewhat intelligent to figure it out. (If it requires any intelligence at all, I'm out of luck ) Does the chicken run have to have a top?? I understand people have tops to protect from hawks, owls, etc. - but do they fly in the woods? (I normally see them over pasture or cleared land.) The chickens will be in the coop at night. I was thinking of an electric fence with a solar charger - would you recommend something else instead? I'd prefer to avoid posts simply because I'll have to do this myself and I'd prefer not the have to dig dozens of post holes. I guess that's it for now. I have to get up some sort of fence for the dog sort of right along - I hope to start moving stuff over within a month or so. The chicken area can wait but I need a dog fence.