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    Round Pen Designs

    Was just curious as to what kind of round pens were being used....where I am at tie cords are not an option...too many varmints. I have seen the dome type pens that look like they have tarps on top of them, with only the top covered. Any pics or advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Bobby

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobbyRN1971 View Post
    Was just curious as to what kind of round pens were being used....where I am at tie cords are not an option...too many varmints. I have seen the dome type pens that look like they have tarps on top of them, with only the top covered. Any pics or advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Bobby
    building round pens are dicatated by the fact that you can only get the wire in 3', 4', 5', or 6' in height. the diameter you want them is determined by you. they are nice because a roosters doesn't have a corner to stand in and he keeps moving good in them. putting a top/roof on them is a pain.
    rectangular or square shaped wire pens are good too. they allow good developement of lateral movement in your stags. they are easier to put a top/roof on as you can build them to fit the dimentional products that you can buy such as tin. good luck

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    Round pen in my opnion are a pain. They blow over, they are hard to cover and get birds out of. Dome pens are simple and there is a lot more groung space for the birds you can make them in several difrent sizes and they will not blow over or fly like a kite. heres a pic. of a few of my 3' wide 8' long angd 28'' tall dome pens they also woork great for a run pen.

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    Just built 4 dome type pen. My base is a pressure treated lumber 2"X4"X4' and 2"X4" mesh wire 4'X10' long. Staple both end of wire on the wood base. I also put 1/2" X 10' PVC inside on both ends of the dome plus 1 on the center to suport the wire so it can stand the weight of the snow just in case of heavy snow falls. The PVC will look like an arc inside the dome pen. Thanks, hope it helps.
    Note : See Reds & Greys picture of dome pen. Mind got 3 PVC inside the dome pen 1 on both ends and 1 at the center. My roost is 26" above the ground.
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    round pens are good, as long as they are not to little you really dont have to worry about them tipping over, they are easy to make and saves alot of space i have about 10 of them, makem a good size and just put tin on the top and its done, the chickens will dig it into the ground, also i put stakes in mine to help from it blowing away but thats an option

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    what ever you put on the top over the wire make sure its not attached the wind will blow the whole thing away

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    Re: Round Pen Designs

    Any pics guys :.....................

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    Quote Originally Posted by mchbett View Post
    what ever you put on the top over the wire make sure its not attached the wind will blow the whole thing away
    Yep, ground stakes and all....

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    Little info on roundpens (see attached).
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    I saw a good way to build around pen at a friends farm where he took a 3ft hog panel and bent it into a circle then wrapped it in chicken wire. They are a pain to put a top on but they do not need staked down and are very sturdy.

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    Use 2x4 12 Gauge wire cut it to 12 feet long. Form it round and connect the ends overlapping 2-3 squares. Then get a ply wood 4x8 and put it on top of every two pens and tie the plywood down and add a rock or block in the middle of the ply wood. This is how we have them and they have never have even budged in the wind.

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    I use the 4' tall 2"x4" wire cut 12'. A 50' roll make 3 pens. I stake the bottom in 6 different places and put strip of rubber mat on top. I don't tie the rubber mat on top so if the wind blows it won't turn the pens over. Heres a pic.



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    I made hoops using 1" poly-pipe and attached them to the bottom of the round pens I made so the pens maintain a nice cylindrical shape at the bottom. They are easy to drag from one place to another to keep the roosters on fresh ground.
    A guy can also use rebar to make the hoops.

    I bought a roller to roll the hoops I used on some large round wire pens. I made some 6' diameter X 6' high wire pens using 72" wire with a rebar hoop at the top and bottom and with 3 vertical stays with rebar. They are real nice. I also know how to weld.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rooster77 View Post
    I use the 4' tall 2"x4" wire cut 12'. A 50' roll make 3 pens. I stake the bottom in 6 different places and put strip of rubber mat on top. I don't tie the rubber mat on top so if the wind blows it won't turn the pens over. Heres a pic.



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    Blackdeath .. do u have a picture that you can post

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    Blackdeath .. do u have a picture that you can post
    I don't have any pictures. My pen looks identical to Rooster77's pen except mine has a poly-pipe hoop on the bottom. His is a 48" tall pen and so are mine. I built 60 of them 4' tall and 4' in diameter. Now look at the picture and imagine a pen just like that except 6' diameter and 6' tall. I have doors on my 4' pens and walk through doors on my 6' pens. good luck

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    Re: Round Pen Designs

    i have many a roundpens i likem alot, cheap easy to make,roomy, i use the regular fence similiar to everyone elses. some are bigger then others,

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    Last edited by Camarines; July 30th, 2011 at 11:12 PM.

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    i make 5 pens from a 50 ft roll space them about a foot apart.i had some hardware left from a chain link fence i run the poles thru the cages for a roost and connected them to a pole on each end so it cant blow over.

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    Re: Round Pen Designs

    12 ga rubber coated wire 3/4 " re bar frame, neoprene top .


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    Very nice dome! Looks like it will last you a long time.

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    Very interesting & important subject, keep it going!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I make mine out of mason wire 5 foot high 6x6 1/8 in steel. I then wrap it in chicken wire. I usually make mine 8 foot wide. They will not blow over. A 150 foot roll of this wire weighs 150lbs. I cant post pictures

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    Quote Originally Posted by BostonMurphy View Post
    I make mine out of mason wire 5 foot high 6x6 1/8 in steel. I then wrap it in chicken wire. I usually make mine 8 foot wide. They will not blow over. A 150 foot roll of 👍this wire weighs 150lbs. I cant post pictures
    Yes please post pics of your round pen set up!

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    12 ga rubber coated wire 3/4 " re bar frame, neoprene top .

    Very nice Calvin 2,

    How much wire/pen? How many pens/roll? How much/roll? Where can you find it?

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    I used Warparty's design myself. 12ft of wire connected w/ hog-ring clamps give approx a 4'-4.5" round pen. Using 2x4 wire either 48" or 60" tall wire then wrapped w/ poultry meeting and on the very bottom a 10" sheet metal to round the pen out. Then 2 t-post's to keep the pens in place.. Rooster feel like a million bucks .....
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    I like these roundpens, like warparty, and Al has.



    but finding 14gauge welded wire with proper length and height has been an issue..


    today I finally found a 6ftx100ft 14gauge galvanaized or pvc coated (same price) $269 eBay -Trident brand-



    also a Tenax c flex heavy duty poly fencing..


    have a good day.

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    round pen.jpg


    These are sure easy to handle fowl in .. five feet across , cut a notch out of the front to step over and you can catch em' easier than from a drop pen

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    Now that is what I call a Cadillac pen!

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