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Obviously I have the wrong kind of electric movable fence - I have chicken fencing, but we were trying it before we moved on to the animals that really could use it to move around our "farm" - 6 acres. We bought poultry fencing - but to charge it with our solar charger or other - as far as we know, we have to add a new ground pole everytime - do you have to do that? Did we, once again, buy the wrong product? It seems such a pain to have ground poles everywhere in our yard. Great website, thanks! Marilyn
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Yup, you gotta ground that stuff every time.  The good news is that it usually comes out pretty easy.  If not, a steel fence post puller will get it out. 

I had this idea once, but I never got around to implementing it.  I thought I would have "hot posts" all over the farm.  I would bury underground electric fence wire next to regular electric fence wire.  The regular stuff would be the ground.  Each "hot post" would have a hot wire and a ground wire.  Usually, you would just connect to the hot wire, but if you wanted to run a pos/neg fence, you could.  The underground wires would be connected to a zapper running on AC power.  Then, all of the portable fences would need to come close to a hot post to tap into the juice.  You could have a pen that was a ways away from a hot post and there would be an above ground wire from the hot post to the pen.

Just a crazy idea.

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