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Old 08-01-2020, 09:11 AM   #1
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Looking for ideas here. Need to set two feeder pens out to keep cattle, goats and pigs out. Solid rock area... What have yall done. Any ideas welcome. Thanks
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Old 08-01-2020, 09:19 AM   #2
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Generator and a hammer drill with a long bit. Drill as deep as you can then drive tpost or re bar depending on what size bit you use.
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Old 08-01-2020, 09:24 AM   #3
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Find some pre made panels that don’t require t-post a little more expensive but heck of a lot easier to work with in rock !
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Old 08-01-2020, 09:26 AM   #4
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Spend the extra money and buy the panels that link together without having to use tpost. Easy to move and less headache.




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Old 08-01-2020, 09:30 AM   #5
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Either the panels that link together, or rebar and a t-post driver. But in heavy rocks, you are going to work your tail off trying to get that rebar in. If the rock is fairly spread out though, this should work fine.


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Old 08-01-2020, 11:32 AM   #6
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Spend the extra money and buy the panels that link together without having to use tpost. Easy to move and less headache.



Yup. Where did you purchase these? Not going the air drill route
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:28 PM   #7
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Buy some hog panels and weld 1 inch square tubing around it. Then just link them together. Cost a little more but well worth it
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Old 08-01-2020, 06:25 PM   #8
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definitely panels
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Old 08-01-2020, 06:34 PM   #9
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I went the rock drill route because I already had the t-posts and panels..... and it was a piece of cake. We have a big shale about 6" down in this area I am set up in and driving them was a no go. Rented the compressor and drill from Hollmeyer in San Angelo for $120ish/day several years ago and it made quick work of the 40 posts. The hardest thing was taking a hammer and knocking off the plates on the tposts to fit in the holes and that wasn't too bad either. Each hole took about 30-40 seconds to drill. Put the post in the hole...tap it down 2-3 taps with a driver to set and push the rock dust back in....sets up real nice....and when it rains it sets up even nicer
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Old 08-01-2020, 06:58 PM   #10
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I bought 26 panels that link together they are 10’ long 4’ high and it took my wife and I about an hour to build two pens around our feeders. Paid 1220.00$ And he drove down to Kerrville and meet me. Great guy to deal with.
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Old 08-02-2020, 07:55 AM   #12
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I bought 26 panels that link together they are 10 long 4 high and it took my wife and I about an hour to build two pens around our feeders. Paid 1220.00$ And he drove down to Kerrville and meet me. Great guy to deal with.
Info on where to buy? Tkx
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Old 08-02-2020, 10:22 AM   #13
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Here is his info and number This is Tim with Big Country Livestock. +1 (325) 642-5701 Get guy to deal with.
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Old 08-02-2020, 02:48 PM   #14
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Yup. Where did you purchase these? Not going the air drill route
I bought mine at Jacoby Feed and Seed in Melvin. I've got 3 pens like this now and will get more. I noticed that Compton Warehouse Co in Menard has some similar too now, the other day when I picked up a Lamco feeder there.
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Old 08-02-2020, 03:02 PM   #15
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Just buy the heavy gauge hog panel 16ft and overlapping them by a foot and wire them together
They are surprisingly strong and wont tip.
A few fence stays help keep em in place.
No need to use tpost
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Old 08-04-2020, 12:52 PM   #16
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Just buy the heavy gauge hog panel 16ft and overlapping them by a foot and wire them together
They are surprisingly strong and wont tip.
A few fence stays help keep em in place.
No need to use tpost
Exactly what I think Im gonna roll with. Tks
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Old 08-04-2020, 01:04 PM   #17
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Generator, drill, and rock bit.
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Old 08-04-2020, 01:14 PM   #18
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Spend the extra money and buy the panels that link together without having to use tpost. Easy to move and less headache.



How many do you use per pen? Im buying some next week.
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Old 08-04-2020, 01:23 PM   #19
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Generator, drill, and rock bit.
No, nope and no way...
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Old 08-04-2020, 01:32 PM   #20
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Generator, drill, and rock bit.
what I did to.
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Old 08-04-2020, 02:08 PM   #21
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Old 08-04-2020, 02:30 PM   #22
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How many do you use per pen? Im buying some next week.

I wish I had better pics on my phone to show you the difference, but here is one of my pens that has 7 panels and the other that has 9 panels. These are all 20 in length custom panels. I prefer the pens I have with 9 just because Im a firm believer in building pens as big as possible (budget and practicality). I only had room for 7 where that smaller pen is but you can see that its plenty big enough.


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Old 08-04-2020, 08:06 PM   #23
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I wish I had better pics on my phone to show you the difference, but here is one of my pens that has 7 panels and the other that has 9 panels. These are all 20 in length custom panels. I prefer the pens I have with 9 just because Im a firm believer in building pens as big as possible (budget and practicality). I only had room for 7 where that smaller pen is but you can see that its plenty big enough.


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How much were the 20ers in Melvin?

I was planning On running by Rivera custom gate and picking up 12 10 pre made panels, and adding a 16 cattle panel as the gate. They are $48 a panel.
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How much were the 20ers in Melvin?

I was planning On running by Rivera custom gate and picking up 12 10 pre made panels, and adding a 16 cattle panel as the gate. They are $48 a panel.
I remember it being a little cheaper per foot to get the 20 panels. I think they were like $82 a panel. With that being said, if I could do it all over again, I would pay that little extra to get the 10 panels and just double up..... because the 20 panels are harder to trailer and are really a 2 person job on setup (just because of the difficulty of handling them by yourself linking them together).
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We have used a battery operated hammer drill and rebar. Really easy with a couple people switching off from drill the hole and driving the rebar with a mini sledge.
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