Do you require a small enclosure for your potbelly pig? If you follow these instructions, you will be able to create a shelter for your piggies that is not only straightforward but also efficient and cost-effective…
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
Find out how far apart the timbers need to be in order to form an arch with the wire panels by determining how long your wire panels are. Make holes at the very tips of each piece of timber (and one in the center, if you are using three rebar pieces). Hammer the rebar pieces into the holes with the sledgehammer until the rebar is flush with the surface of the timber. After the work is done, the timbers need to be fastened to the ground in a safe and secure manner.
In order to secure one end of a wire panel to the interior surface of the board, you will need the staples as well as a hammer. The panel should be arched, and the other end should be secured to the interior of the opposite board. Continue in this manner with the remaining wire panels. When all of the panels are fastened to the timbers, use some of the twines to bind the panels together in two or three different places. Your structure is finished at this point!
Put the tarp over the framework, and then using the eyelets in the tarp and some twine, tie each side of the tarp to the outside surfaces of the timbers. Make sure the tarp is centered over the framework the entire time. Use a hammer to drive some staples into the sides of the lumber so that you may use them as fasteners. In order to prevent the tarp from becoming ripped or torn in any way, it should be stretched tautly and then fixed over the frame.
Connect the second tarp to the first one that has already been attached by aligning the edge eyelets of both tarps and securing them with the twine by passing it through each eyelet multiple times. This will ensure that the back is completely enclosed. Allow the tarp to hang over the rear of the enclosure, and then using the eyelets, twine, and staples, fasten it to the ends of the timbers as best you can. Maintain as much tension as you can on the tarp. If there is any leftover tarp, fold it over and secure it with the duct tape. It is recommended that you insert a 2×4 or 2×6 stud along the outside base of the rear enclosure and secure it to the ends of the timbers in order to reinforce the foundation of the enclosure. This will help prevent the timbers from rotting.
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