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Old 02-26-2017, 02:19 PM   #1
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Do you use hog panel or cattle panel to make yours? What diameter do you have yours? And if you do not mind why you use hog or cattle panel.

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Old 02-26-2017, 02:28 PM   #2
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I have used both type panels. I had to use cattle panels on one place where the cattle kept getting inside the pen. The little pigs can still get into pen thru the larger wire spacings but not the bigger pigs. Hog panels work well if you do not have livestock that will jump into the feed pen.
Most of my pens are 10-11 panels and all are round.

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Old 02-26-2017, 03:02 PM   #3
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Hog panels 10 of them. Never had a problem with any livestock getting in them YET
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Old 02-26-2017, 03:07 PM   #4
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I have a giant feed pen made with 16 hog panels. So far no problems. The pen is a bit egg shaped with my bow box ground blind up against it. 20 yards to the feeder and 31 yards to the opposite side of the pen from the blind.
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Old 02-26-2017, 03:22 PM   #5
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Mine are out of cattle panels
They are all 96'x64'

Why I used cattle panels is the rancher had an almost endless supply of the and even more t posts.... told us to use all we wanted but if we ever get of the lease.... we gotta take them with us
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Old 02-26-2017, 04:56 PM   #6
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We have always used hog panels and have never had any issues with cattle getting in them.
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Old 02-26-2017, 05:06 PM   #7
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Have only used hog panels. They worked just fine
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Old 02-26-2017, 06:45 PM   #8
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I use hog panels and haven't had problems with cows getting in my pens. Mine are circular and made of 10 panels, but I'm going to move one this spring and may expand it to 12 or 14 panels. I prefer hog panels because I want my pens to be as short as possible while still keeping cows and hogs out. The shorter they are the more likely deer are going to be comfortable jumping and feeding inside and it is easier to watch and shoot through or over.
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Old 02-26-2017, 08:21 PM   #9
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14 panels, 60 ft. diameter.
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Old 02-26-2017, 09:10 PM   #10
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12 or more 34" hog panels in a circle. Cattle will jump the panels to get to your protein pellets, but deer get used to jumping them very easily. So we use them and build a separate barb wire fence 10 yards outside the hog panel pen. Best option I've found for keeping cows out. No Barb wire needed if you don't have cattle.
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:43 AM   #11
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Cut cattle panels in half and ran a strand of barb wire about a foot above the top to keep goats out

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Old 02-27-2017, 04:29 AM   #12
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10 hog panels round....I know I am going to jinx it but have never had a problem with cattle getting the pen.
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Old 02-27-2017, 08:41 AM   #13
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If you are just trying to keep hogs out then by 5 or 6 and cut in half.
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Old 02-27-2017, 08:43 AM   #14
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I use 8 hog panels to keep the hogs and cows out of the pen. You can use cattle panels, but they are a little tall and if used, you need to trim some off the top to lower them a little.

Only had cattle get in the pen once! Sure made a mess of the pen going and coming!

In this case, Bigger is always better!!!!

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Old 02-27-2017, 08:59 AM   #15
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I use hog panels, no cows, bigger area is better, would say 12 panels or more would be good.
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Old 02-27-2017, 08:30 PM   #16
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Circular hog panels wired where one square overlaps the other.
I like 8-10 panels, two posts per panel. I had some crazy cows in my pens so I ran one strand of barbed wire along the top of the panels. Maybe 1-2 inches above and wired to it 2-3 spots per panel. 8 years later no more cows and no pigs.

Not cheap? But keeping pigs away from the feeder saves the feeders. I have seen deer continue to eat under the feeder while a pig walked all the way around. Turkeys don't seem to want to fly/jump into the smaller pens. They just circle itcontinuosly.
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Old 03-01-2017, 09:45 PM   #17
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cattle panels cut in half (lengthwise) for me. Works well. Currently using 8 panels in a square, but things are too tight for my liking (and I want to add a water trough). Will expand soon - at least 50% more area.
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Old 04-04-2017, 12:08 PM   #18
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I've always used 3 or 4 strands of barbed wire to keep the cows off the feeders ,but this weekend I found that the hogs had destroyed one of may feeders. I was planning on using hog panels and a few strands of barb wire That sounds like what a lot of you folks are using.
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Old 04-04-2017, 03:06 PM   #19
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I've always used 3 or 4 strands of barbed wire to keep the cows off the feeders ,but this weekend I found that the hogs had destroyed one of may feeders. I was planning on using hog panels and a few strands of barb wire That sounds like what a lot of you folks are using.
A cattle panel cut in half with two strands of barb wire above should keep the cows and hogs out of yours. I used 5 panels cut to make 10 in a circle, this is enough room for my winch up feeder and boss buck protein feeder plus 4-6 deer to move around.
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Old 04-04-2017, 03:21 PM   #20
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Just remember bigger is better. Most of mine are square at least 80- 100 feet per side.
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Old 04-04-2017, 03:29 PM   #21
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Cut cattle panels in half and ran a strand of barb wire about a foot above the top to keep goats out

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This and put a fence stay in the middle.
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Old 04-04-2017, 03:39 PM   #22
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12 hog panels has always worked for me. I set them up in a circle.
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Old 04-04-2017, 03:52 PM   #23
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12 panels will make a 60' diameter pen, with a little overlap to tie panels together.

Drive a t-post where you want the center of the pen to be, and tie a 30' rope to it. You have effectively created a giant compass. Drive a post every 8', and tie your panels to the posts and each other.

I like to use chain link messenger wire (the galvanized wire that runs along the bottom of a chain link fence) as my tie wire, and a twister tool. Makes for a very strong connection. To tie the panels to the posts, I use barbed wire clips.

I am lazy, and like a good gate, so I buy a 6' wide chain link gate kit, and set a couple of fence posts for a beginning and end of my pen. It is a large enough opening for a UTV to drive in and out easily.


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Old 04-11-2017, 10:50 AM   #24
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Would this style/height be high enough to keep cows out? It would only be around 37" +/- Overall
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Old 04-28-2017, 10:19 AM   #25
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Would this style/height be high enough to keep cows out? It would only be around 37" +/- Overall
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Old 04-28-2017, 10:26 AM   #26
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12 cattle panels with a few spots cut down for deer to jump easier.
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Old 01-21-2018, 05:34 PM   #27
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Just out of curiosity why does everyone use panels instead of just doing an electrical fence? It's looks electric fence would be cheaper.
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Old 01-21-2018, 05:38 PM   #28
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Just out of curiosity why does everyone use panels instead of just doing an electrical fence? It's looks electric fence would be cheaper.
Electricity is used to keep critters out/away!!!!! Panels are used to control what critters go in!

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Old 01-21-2018, 05:49 PM   #29
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We just built 2 feed pens. 20 hog panels each in an oval layout. That leaves room for a directional corn feeder on each end and a couple protein feeders in the middle. The blind will be placed near the middle on the outside of the pen, giving a +/- 20 yard shot or less to any deer feeding in the pen at any feeder. They look sweet!
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Old 01-31-2018, 05:31 PM   #30
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Do any of you cut down some of the hog panels so the fawns don't have trouble jumping them or are they able to get into the pens without problem?
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Old 01-31-2018, 09:00 PM   #31
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One of mine. The footballs come and go but I've never seen a half grown or bigger in there. I used full legth posts for two in Trinity Co., but I will cut them off even with the panels this spring.
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Old 02-06-2018, 04:45 PM   #32
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Do any of you cut down some of the hog panels so the fawns don't have trouble jumping them or are they able to get into the pens without problem?
Yes I have several that we cut out. I cut three whole squares wide just at the top and fold over as to not have any sharp edges on the bottom. This has also become a funnel for where the deer jump in. I run cameras in all pens all year around and have yet to have a hog in one. I did them almost two years ago.
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Old 02-06-2018, 09:56 PM   #33
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I have built them out of hog panels and t post. I also have one that is 40 yd diameter circle of old heavy duty goat wire and cedar post. Bot keep hogs and livestock out.
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Old 02-11-2018, 01:51 PM   #34
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I prefer cattle panels cut down a level from the top. cheaper and taller. We have some overachieving cows that have jumped hog panels plus we have a few goats... Our deer jump them just fine cut or not.. I have been known to cut down an even lower jump area in strategically areas that provide a perfect broadside landing spot and the deer funnel to them. Cows don't pay any attention to the lower jump spots.

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Old 02-11-2018, 01:56 PM   #35
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I prefer cattle panels cut down a level from the top. cheaper and taller. We have some overachieving cows that have jumped hog panels plus we have a few goats... Our deer jump them just fine cut or not.. I have been known to cut down an even lower jump area in strategically areas that provide a perfect broadside landing spot and the deer funnel to them. Cows don't pay any attention to the lower jump spots.

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you can see the lower jump spot in this pic....if you zoom

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All I see is a long eye guard wide buck! Nice Setup!
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:02 AM   #36
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A follow up to my previous post on this thread....

Here's one of the pens and set-ups we just built. We don't have cattle so we use hog panels to keep the sheep out.

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Old 02-20-2018, 07:50 PM   #37
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All I see is a long eye guard wide buck! Nice Setup!

Hahaha ...he dead...and thanks.......
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Old 02-20-2018, 08:44 PM   #38
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you can see the lower jump spot in this pic....if you zoom

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I can only see one thing in that photo. I would shoot that deer!
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Old 02-20-2018, 08:51 PM   #39
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Drive a t-post where you want the center of the pen to be, and tie a 30' rope to it. You have effectively created a giant compass. Drive a post every 8', and tie your panels to the posts and each other. “

I simply lay the panels down flat, overlap and twist the tie wires together.
Than I stand up the fence and drag the pieces together in a sorta of a circle. Then put two posts per panel wherever.

No gates ‘cause I’m too tight. Plus I have barbwire around the top.

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