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#6152955 - 01/24/16 09:16 PM Feeder pen up and runnin!
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Loc: Ft. Worth/Pidcoke
Got our first feeder pen up this weekend. Used 16 panels which gave us almost an 80' diameter. Not bad for our first one. Turned out well. Gonna work on the water trough system in the next weeks.

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#6152958 - 01/24/16 09:17 PM Re: Feeder pen up and runnin! [Re: tx hunter]
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Lots of good space there..I can tell I'll need to build bigger ones. Thinking more like 10-12 panels..

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#6152962 - 01/24/16 09:19 PM Re: Feeder pen up and runnin! [Re: tx hunter]
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#6153155 - 01/25/16 02:44 AM Re: Feeder pen up and runnin! [Re: tx hunter]
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What's the best way to mount the panel that you open so you can back a truck in and still keep the hogs out?
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#6153204 - 01/25/16 06:41 AM Re: Feeder pen up and runnin! [Re: kry226]
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Originally Posted By: kry226
What's the best way to mount the panel that you open so you can back a truck in and still keep the hogs out?


Good question. I'd like to know too. We did a 4' gate just cuz it was easy.

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#6153223 - 01/25/16 07:07 AM Re: Feeder pen up and runnin! [Re: kry226]
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Originally Posted By: kry226
What's the best way to mount the panel that you open so you can back a truck in and still keep the hogs out?

I hinge one full 16' panel as my gate opening to get my truck, tractor/shredder or ranger in my pen. On a normal section of panel I put a T-post at the overlap splice of each panel and then one T-post in the middle. For the gate section I will either leave out the middle T-post(if I do this I then make that section opening 10' instead of 16'(I leave the panel/gate 16' and overlap the ends for strength). If I leave the opening 16' I will offset the T-post from middle to allow for a 10' opening to back into the feeder with a vehicle.
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#6153237 - 01/25/16 07:17 AM Re: Feeder pen up and runnin! [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: kry226
What's the best way to mount the panel that you open so you can back a truck in and still keep the hogs out?

I hinge one full 16' panel as my gate opening to get my truck, tractor/shredder or ranger in my pen. On a normal section of panel I put a T-post at the overlap splice of each panel and then one T-post in the middle. For the gate section I will either leave out the middle T-post(if I do this I then make that section opening 10' instead of 16'(I leave the panel/gate 16' and overlap the ends for strength). If I leave the opening 16' I will offset the T-post from middle to allow for a 10' opening to back into the feeder with a vehicle.


Thanks, stx. How to you hinge and latch? Same wire you use to mount the panels to the t-posts or something else?
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#6153244 - 01/25/16 07:24 AM Re: Feeder pen up and runnin! [Re: kry226]
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Originally Posted By: kry226
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: kry226
What's the best way to mount the panel that you open so you can back a truck in and still keep the hogs out?

I hinge one full 16' panel as my gate opening to get my truck, tractor/shredder or ranger in my pen. On a normal section of panel I put a T-post at the overlap splice of each panel and then one T-post in the middle. For the gate section I will either leave out the middle T-post(if I do this I then make that section opening 10' instead of 16'(I leave the panel/gate 16' and overlap the ends for strength). If I leave the opening 16' I will offset the T-post from middle to allow for a 10' opening to back into the feeder with a vehicle.


Thanks, stx. How to you hinge and latch? Same wire you use to mount the panels to the t-posts or something else?

I always overlap one or two staging on each end of the panel/gate opening. I use tie wire that is double to attach the hinge end of the panel/gate to the feed pen. I put a T-post at this hinge location for strength. I do the same on the latch end. The one or two staging overlap will allow a little more strength if an animal is pushing against the outside of the gate to the inside. I hinge/tie the gate in 3 places. Simple, cheap and works well.
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#6153256 - 01/25/16 07:36 AM Re: Feeder pen up and runnin! [Re: tx hunter]
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This is the way I do a splice on a normal section of feed pen.I always overlap one staging("A"). I tie at the "B" and "C" locations in several evenly spaced locations at each splice for each panel section. When I do a gate, I tie only at the "C" or T-post location in 3-4 places evenly spaced. On the opposite side of the gate I tie to another T-post for the latches.
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#6153267 - 01/25/16 07:43 AM Re: Feeder pen up and runnin! [Re: tx hunter]
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#6153344 - 01/25/16 08:21 AM Re: Feeder pen up and runnin! [Re: tx hunter]
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Looks great! Perfect size.

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#6153385 - 01/25/16 08:40 AM Re: Feeder pen up and runnin! [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
This is the way I do a splice on a normal section of feed pen.I always overlap one staging("A"). I tie at the "B" and "C" locations in several evenly spaced locations at each splice for each panel section. When I do a gate, I tie only at the "C" or T-post location in 3-4 places evenly spaced. On the opposite side of the gate I tie to another T-post for the latches.



Thank you, Obi Juan. yingyang

And the pen looks great, tx hunter. up
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#6153391 - 01/25/16 08:42 AM Re: Feeder pen up and runnin! [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: kry226
What's the best way to mount the panel that you open so you can back a truck in and still keep the hogs out?

I hinge one full 16' panel as my gate opening to get my truck, tractor/shredder or ranger in my pen. On a normal section of panel I put a T-post at the overlap splice of each panel and then one T-post in the middle. For the gate section I will either leave out the middle T-post(if I do this I then make that section opening 10' instead of 16'(I leave the panel/gate 16' and overlap the ends for strength). If I leave the opening 16' I will offset the T-post from middle to allow for a 10' opening to back into the feeder with a vehicle.


I will utilize a old gate and overlap like STX was pointing out...solid quick and can back up to any feeder ...


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#6153394 - 01/25/16 08:44 AM Re: Feeder pen up and runnin! [Re: kry226]
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Originally Posted By: kry226
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
This is the way I do a splice on a normal section of feed pen.I always overlap one staging("A"). I tie at the "B" and "C" locations in several evenly spaced locations at each splice for each panel section. When I do a gate, I tie only at the "C" or T-post location in 3-4 places evenly spaced. On the opposite side of the gate I tie to another T-post for the latches.



Thank you, Obi Juan. yingyang

And the pen looks great, tx hunter. up

Also, I use a tie wire tool and concrete tie wires to build the pen. I then go back and use 14 gauge galvanized tie wire to retie each panel to a T-post. Use the tie wire tool makes building a pen quick. One man can build a pen quickly if the location is clear and the materials are on the location.
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#6153400 - 01/25/16 08:46 AM Re: Feeder pen up and runnin! [Re: tx hunter]
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Put one up this year with cattle panels with the top two sections cut off, Roughly 36" tall. Wired end of panel to end of panel and put a t-post at each seam, have had no hog intrusion as of yet. We left one panel only wired in two spots top and bottom for a gate, but haven't used it yet.
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