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#5654149 - 03/16/15 08:00 PM What is the proper sized feeder pen?
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Registered: 03/31/09
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Loc: Wylie,Texas
Hey ladies and gents what is the proper sized feeder pen? And what is the cheapest most durable way to build one?

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#5654157 - 03/16/15 08:03 PM Re: What is the proper sized feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
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The larger the better IMO. I like 10 hog panels minimum in a round pen. Takes 20-5' T-posts for a really strong pen. The larger you build the pen the more deer you can have inside it at one time. I also like it large enough to keep all the corn inside the pen to keep hogs away.
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#5654172 - 03/16/15 08:11 PM Re: What is the proper sized feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
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Mine is 40'X40', roughly 38" tall. I used goat and barbed wire. Its mainly to keep cows out, but so far its turned back the hogs as well. Its big enough to allow 5+ deer in at the same time, but if I were to build another one I'd make it bigger.
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#5654205 - 03/16/15 08:25 PM Re: What is the proper sized feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
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#5654225 - 03/16/15 08:32 PM Re: What is the proper sized feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
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8-10 panels but the bigger the better
Link below is a good source.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aAq7OxKnPk


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#5654239 - 03/16/15 08:37 PM Re: What is the proper sized feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
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Registered: 03/31/09
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What about rolls of welded wire will that work?

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#5654245 - 03/16/15 08:44 PM Re: What is the proper sized feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
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Originally Posted By: hunting0921
What about rolls of welded wire will that work?

Yes but you will need better corners to keep it tight.
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#5654258 - 03/16/15 08:50 PM Re: What is the proper sized feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
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Welded wire will work but like Ranchman said, keep it tight, use more t-posts. Also, have cattle, I'd error a little taller with welded wire, maybe 40-44" high or so to further deter the cattle from challenging it. I have used welded wire and it does keep the hogs out and when a little taller, the cattle too..

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#5654464 - 03/16/15 11:19 PM Re: What is the proper sized feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
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Would steel rebar work for post

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#5654528 - 03/17/15 05:29 AM Re: What is the proper sized feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
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I had 8 panel in a square, bought two more going round. Bigger is better!
Hog panels cost me $26.00 each at the feed store.
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#5654595 - 03/17/15 06:59 AM Re: What is the proper sized feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
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Originally Posted By: hunting0921
Would steel rebar work for post

That will depend on several things- size and amount of hogs, type of livestock and grazing pressure, type of wire/paneling used & soil type.
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#5654607 - 03/17/15 07:10 AM Re: What is the proper sized feeder pen? [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: hunting0921
Would steel rebar work for post

That will depend on several things- size and amount of hogs, type of livestock and grazing pressure, type of wire/paneling used & soil type.
This is the most accurate answer I have heard. It all depends on what you are trying to keep away from your feeder and what you want to let into your feeder.
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#5654620 - 03/17/15 07:17 AM Re: What is the proper sized feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
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Ten wire panels, 20 t-posts and you are done.
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#5654627 - 03/17/15 07:20 AM Re: What is the proper sized feeder pen? [Re: aeb]
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Originally Posted By: aeb
Ten wire panels, 20 t-posts and you are done.


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#5654647 - 03/17/15 07:38 AM Re: What is the proper sized feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
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the bigger the better. you need to think of it not just as a place to put your feeders, but the place the deer will eat and need to feel comfortable. I like to eat. I don't like to eat in a crowded place. I don't think deer do either. if your pen is too small, the dominant bucks will run the does and smaller bucks out of it. I'm actually thinking of going a little bigger on some of my pens... up to 20 panels, and throw a second protein feeder in them on opposite sides.

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