In need of a mini potbelly pig pen? Following these directions will enable you to produce a simple but effective (and economical!) shelter for your porcine friends…
What you will need to have on hand:
- 2 railroad or similar size timbers (approx. 6″ x 6″ x 8′)
- 4- rigid wire panels (approx. 2′ x 8′ or 10′) or 2- rigid wire panels (approx. 4′ x 8′ or 10′)
- 4 or 6 pieces of 1/2″ rebar, approx. 18″ long
- 2 heavy-duty tarps, approx. 8′ x 10′ with eyelets along the edges
- roll of heavy-duty twine or other heavy rope
- box of large fencing staples
- roll of duct tape
DIY pig pen tools needed:
- a sledgehammer
- a heavy-duty drill with a 6″ or longer drill bit slightly smaller than the rebar diameter
- scissors or a knife
Depending on the length of your wire panels, determine how far apart the timbers need to be in order to make an arch with the panels. Drill holes at the ends of each timber (and one in the center, if you are using three rebar pieces). Using the sledgehammer, hammer the rebar pieces into the holes until the rebar is flush with the timber surface. Upon completion, the timbers should be securely pinned to the ground.
Using the staples and a hammer, fasten one end of a wire panel to the inside surface of the timber. Arch the panel and fasten the other end to the inside of the opposite timber. Repeat with remaining wire panels. When all panels are secured to the timbers, tie the panels together in 2-3 places using some of the twines. Now, your frame is complete!
Place the tarp over the frame and, keeping it centered on the frame, tie each side of the tarp to the outside surfaces of the timbers, using the tarp eyelets and the twine. Hammer some staples onto the sides of the timber to use as fasteners. The tarp should be tightly stretched and secured over the frame to prevent rips and tears from occurring.
To enclose the back, fasten the second tarp to the secured tarp by matching the edge eyelets up and securing them with the twine, threading it through each eyelet several times for strength. Allow the tarp to drape over the back of the enclosure and, as best you can, secure it to the ends of the timbers using the eyelets, twine, and staples. Keep the tarp as tight as possible. Fold any excess tarp over and use the duct tape to secure it. To strengthen the base of the rear enclosure, you might wish to place a 2×4 or 2×6 stud along the outside base of the enclosure and fasten it to the ends of the timbers.
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