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#6882166 - 09/08/17 03:40 PM Feeder Pen advice
Sirrah243 Offline
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I'm on a new to me lease this year. There are hogs on the lease and I was just told that there will be calves in the field that I'm hunting. I want to keep both out of my feeder. Square or round pen and how tall?
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#6882181 - 09/08/17 04:03 PM Re: Feeder Pen advice [Re: Sirrah243]
TexasKC Offline
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My feeder pen is 48' square and made with 34" tall hog panels.

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#6882808 - 09/09/17 04:51 PM Re: Feeder Pen advice [Re: Sirrah243]
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Here is a picture of mine I made in Dewitt Co, the panels are 34 inches high

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#6882877 - 09/09/17 06:41 PM Re: Feeder Pen advice [Re: TexasKC]
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Originally Posted By: TexasKC
My feeder pen is 48' square and made with 34" tall hog panels.


This is what I've got too.

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#6882991 - 09/09/17 09:18 PM Re: Feeder Pen advice [Re: Sirrah243]
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Make it at least 8-10 panels and round, not square.
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#6883002 - 09/09/17 09:42 PM Re: Feeder Pen advice [Re: Sirrah243]
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I had a 4 panel square pen last year. I added one panel and made it round this year, it's really easy with a couple of extra T posts. Already seeing more activity in the pen in just under 2 months time.
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#6883008 - 09/09/17 09:49 PM Re: Feeder Pen advice [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
Make it at least 8-10 panels and round, not square.


If I may ask, why do you prefer round vs. square? I've had both and never once had a hog or cow get in. I found that hogs seem to circle round pens over and over while with square they seem to lose interest and give up fairly quickly. My main objective is to build it strong, no matter the shape.

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#6883037 - 09/09/17 10:26 PM Re: Feeder Pen advice [Re: Sirrah243]
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make a dodecagon, ten panels tied off at the end to tposts. dont try and bend the panels around the tpost to make you pen round. if you try to make it round you cant run a strand of barbed wire around the top without it being well inside of the panels (ive made this mistake). square or rectangle is fine too, but circle, assuming you have cows that may lean on it, is a bad way to go.

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#6883242 - 09/10/17 10:11 AM Re: Feeder Pen advice [Re: TexasKC]
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Originally Posted By: TexasKC
Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
Make it at least 8-10 panels and round, not square.


If I may ask, why do you prefer round vs. square? I've had both and never once had a hog or cow get in. I found that hogs seem to circle round pens over and over while with square they seem to lose interest and give up fairly quickly. My main objective is to build it strong, no matter the shape.


It's just as important to me to keep the deer in as it is to keep the hogs out. Research shows deer are less confined in a round pen when multiple animals are feeding. I use standard height 34" hog panels and have never had hogs or cattle in my pens. But I have had as many as 7 bucks in it feeding.
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#6883245 - 09/10/17 10:14 AM Re: Feeder Pen advice [Re: mr. buck]
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Originally Posted By: mr. buck
make a dodecagon, ten panels tied off at the end to tposts. dont try and bend the panels around the tpost to make you pen round. if you try to make it round you cant run a strand of barbed wire around the top without it being well inside of the panels (ive made this mistake). square or rectangle is fine too, but circle, assuming you have cows that may lean on it, is a bad way to go.


That would not happen if you put a tpost in the middle of each panel.
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#6883820 - 09/11/17 06:44 AM Re: Feeder Pen advice [Re: Sirrah243]
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I just put one up on Saturday...used 12 panels from Tractor Supply (34 inch height and 16 feet long, $21.99) and 24 T-posts and bailing wire and clips to secure the panels to T-posts. 12 panels makes roughly a 60 foot diameter circle...

I have soft dirt so it went up pretty quickly...


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#6883865 - 09/11/17 07:41 AM Re: Feeder Pen advice [Re: Sirrah243]
Loanman Offline
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We do ours as 16 panels, if you have Mulies and whitetail the bigger the pen the better...

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#6883946 - 09/11/17 09:06 AM Re: Feeder Pen advice [Re: Sirrah243]
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Initially I started off with 8 panels in a square and had decent activity in the pen. Went to 10 in a circle around 5 years ago and it made significant improvement with activity in the pen. I bought 4 more panels and will increase the size again.

Moral of the story, bigger is better go with at least 10 hog panels up



Edited by Stub (09/11/17 10:42 AM)
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#6886334 - 09/13/17 12:52 PM Re: Feeder Pen advice [Re: Sirrah243]
Hunter Daddy Offline
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If you have just 1 feeder inside your pen and not more than 6 deer at a time would be in it, then you can use 6 hog panels 16' each. If you will have more deer than that inside or 2 - 3 different feeders in it, then you will need more panels. If the rancher is going to put calves on the place then I would use 50" cattle panels. Be sure to use a steel post every 8 feet or less. Remember, put the t-post inside of the pen/panels.

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#6887559 - 09/14/17 04:22 PM Re: Feeder Pen advice [Re: Sirrah243]
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With a square pen, your corner posts have to be rock solid. With a circle, all the posts are working equally and the bend in the panel also help keep the pen rigid all the way around. Just overlap your panels about a foot and wire them together. Move the wired circular pen into shape and start driving t-posts. I drive one then go to the opposite side and drive another, then go crossways and do the same thing until there is a post at every overlapping panel joint and one in the middle of every panel. Have someone pull out on the panel while driving the t-post so you keep tension on the panel with the t-post. Finish by wiring the panels to the t-posts. Do this and your pens will look as good as TxBuck's and KCH's.

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