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Proper Construction of a Pen Suitable for Raising Chickens

Proper Construction of a Pen Suitable for Raising Chickens

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Proper Construction of a Pen Suitable for Raising Chickens

Constructing a pen is easier than it seems. You need to pinpoint some important matters
like the materials to buy and the tools to use. Plus, you also have to consider the area
where to build the suitable pen for raising your chickens.

Alright, the easy yet crucial part begins with planning. First, the area, then the size of the
pen. The pen size usually depends on how many chickens will be raised. Look at the
option on what kind ofbirds you are dealing with.

Novice or not, it is still better to start off with the most basic pen \u2013 using the wire and
post design. Here, the materials that you\u2019ll need are the posts, wire, and staples that can
be used for fences. The tools are also basic namely a sledgehammer, the ordinary
hammer, wire cutters, and crowbar.

Now that you have gathered all materials and tools, surveyed the area, and is assured that
there is none to worry about, it\u2019s time for the construction.

To start with, look at the ground you\u2019re working on. Notice the stiffness and dryness. If
it\u2019s anything like that, you have to bring in with you a bucket full of water. This will help
soften the ground. Pound the ground using the pointed tip of the crowbar. By doing this, a
hole is being formed.

While pounding, occasionally pour few amounts of water in the hole to soften the ground.
By leaving your crowbar inside the hole, pull your body against it. By doing so, you\u2019ll
widen the proximity of the hole. If the hole is prominent enough and is 20 cm deep, that
will be sufficient. Make sure that the hole has a wideness that can hold a pole in place.

You can now put the post inside the hole that you have made, pointed tip first. Using the
sledgehammer, pound the pole to the ground. Do the pounding until you are sure that it
has remained firm. Sometimes, it is better to have someone hold the post for you to
ensure better stability. Always practice caution and focus on what you\u2019re doing because
you might pound your assistant instead of your post.

If your first post is standing firmly, you can now start on your second, and third, and
fourth, and so on. Give about a meter from where the first post stands. That will
determine elaborate spacing. To serve as a gate, let 2 posts stand about 1\u00bd - 2 meters
apart.

The moment you have firmly put all the posts in place, it\u2019s time to put the wire around it.
For this to be made possible, carry the wire on one corner then using your regular
hammer, pound the fence staples at the end of the wire to the post. Once the end is tightly
secured, unroll the wire going to the next post then staple the wire that touches the post.
Do the unrolling and stapling process till you have completed wrapping around the entire
posts. If you ran out of wire, get more then start where you ended.

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