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#6603726 - 12/26/16 11:32 PM How big are your feeder pens?
mustafa Offline
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Registered: 01/12/07
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I'm trying figure out how man cattle panels I need to buy.
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#6603884 - 12/27/16 07:49 AM Re: How big are your feeder pens? [Re: mustafa]
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Registered: 02/20/12
Posts: 4296
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Most will say bigger is better, 8-12 panels in a circle should do you right.

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#6603940 - 12/27/16 08:48 AM Re: How big are your feeder pens? [Re: mustafa]
hammer63 Offline
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Registered: 02/01/10
Posts: 39
Loc: south of north
I have 2 pens that are 725 yards apart. One is 15 panels and the other is 23 panels. Way more bucks use the 23 panel feed pen. We are going to expand the smaller pen very soon.

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#6603948 - 12/27/16 08:56 AM Re: How big are your feeder pens? [Re: mustafa]
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Registered: 09/22/11
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Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
iv done it with as little as 4 but I try to use 8 if my pocket can handle it... if your just keeping cows out some good concha wire will do the trick... bout three strands and 10 tpost and an hour if that
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#6603977 - 12/27/16 09:11 AM Re: How big are your feeder pens? [Re: mustafa]
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I used 34" tall hog panels and my pen is 48' square. 12 panels.

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#6604109 - 12/27/16 10:36 AM Re: How big are your feeder pens? [Re: mustafa]
The Duke Offline
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Registered: 06/14/11
Posts: 48
Loc: Fort Worth, TX
mine is 40ft or so diameter.

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#6604619 - 12/27/16 05:10 PM Re: How big are your feeder pens? [Re: mustafa]
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10+ you can't build it too big but you definitely can too small. Round or oval is best. Mature bucks don't jump in small pens. I would recommend 36" hog panels with a strand of barb wire on top if you have cows that want in.
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#6605144 - 12/28/16 05:34 AM Re: How big are your feeder pens? [Re: mustafa]
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I used 7 1/2 because that is what I had left from my last lease after a cow destroyed 1/2 of a panel. When I built the 7 1/2 panel at my current lease I used the 1/2 panel as a gate. With the gate I can back my Rhino right under the feeder tripod to fill my feeder.
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#6605263 - 12/28/16 08:17 AM Re: How big are your feeder pens? [Re: mustafa]
Loanman Offline
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Registered: 04/27/10
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We have found that 15 panels lets plenty of deer feel comfortable in the pen....

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#6605415 - 12/28/16 10:18 AM Re: How big are your feeder pens? [Re: mustafa]
redchevy Offline
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We used cattle panels cut down. 8 panels to make a round pen seems to be working.

If I do it again I will use hog panels. Several hogs have been able to get into our feed pens through the cattle panels.
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#6605486 - 12/28/16 11:22 AM Re: How big are your feeder pens? [Re: mustafa]
ijohnston Offline


Registered: 07/13/09
Posts: 1471
Loc: Allen, Tx
So most of you recommend 36in high panels? have you had any problems with hogs getting over them?

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#6605667 - 12/28/16 01:20 PM Re: How big are your feeder pens? [Re: mustafa]
texasgal Offline
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Registered: 07/17/05
Posts: 437
Loc: NW Navarro County
I use 28" and to date have not had hogs or cows go over. Of course my cows are lazy and fat. The piglets will go through if you use the panels with large squares.

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#6605697 - 12/28/16 01:43 PM Re: How big are your feeder pens? [Re: mustafa]
ijohnston Offline


Registered: 07/13/09
Posts: 1471
Loc: Allen, Tx
I was thinking about getting 12 panels for my pen. I will have a protein feeder as well as 55 gal corn feeder. I think that should be enough.

What do you think?

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#6605705 - 12/28/16 01:48 PM Re: How big are your feeder pens? [Re: ijohnston]
ThreePeppers Offline
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Registered: 11/06/06
Posts: 418
Loc: Fort Worth/Kent County
12 panels will work fine. Mine is currently 8 panels with a 55 gal protein feeder and 600# stand and fill. I've counted as many as 11 deer in there at one time. I am however planning to expand by at least a couple of panels this spring just to give them more room to move around.

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#6605708 - 12/28/16 01:50 PM Re: How big are your feeder pens? [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
Navasot Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 26912
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
10+ you can't build it too big but you definitely can too small. Round or oval is best. Mature bucks don't jump in small pens. I would recommend 36" hog panels with a strand of barb wire on top if you have cows that want in.


yes they will just depends on the deer... this pen is 4 18ft panels

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