6 reasons a pallet fence makes the best fence for small livestock! Pictures and instructions included on how the pallet fence was built. Enjoy all of the other resources on our Raising Goats resource page.
I have come to love the pallet fence we built for containing our goats. For the most part, it keeps in our chickens as well, although a few do have to test the boundaries and fly over.
Here are a few reasons that I think pallet fencing makes the best fence for small livestock!
- FREE Pallets can usually be obtained for free. At least in our neck of the woods.
- FIXABLE If a goat were to bash into a board and break it or if a fragile board were to break when you crawled over, there are always more pallet boards to replace the broken ones.
- SIMPLE It is incredibly easy to screw the pallets together and also to take them apart. Which works great when you need to clean the pen with a tractor.
- STURDY Pallets are strong and were originally made to hold loads of weight, a goat standing on a board to look over doesn’t faze it a bit.
- NON-PERMANENT The steel posts are very easy to remove. So if you don’t quite like it, move it around until you do!
- EFFECTIVE There is nothing better for a selling point than it actually working. The goats are unable to get out unless the gate is left
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This is how I built my pallet fence:
- Locate pallets We were given three or more huge piles of pallets from some friends who buy and sell feed in bulk. So all of my pallets were the same size. Having them all the same size really makes a difference in ease of putting them together and how it will look in the end. I also pick up the discarded pallets from the feed stores.
- Buy or gather steal posts. You will want to pound in steel posts every 2 or three pallets apart.
- Screw the pallets together Screw the pallets together three times
- Place Gates Hang your gates and double-check the latch will stay hooked despite prying lips, horns, and shenanigans.
You can see in this next picture that we used cattle panels to hold our goats while we were putting up the pallet fence.
These next two pictures show the fence in progress:
It’s strong enough for the boys as well 🙂
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