Turkey Enclosure Construction
We recently completed construction of an outdoor turkey enclosure. Construction was fairly straight-forward and inexpensive. Here are some of the details and pictures of work in progress.
The enclosure is bascially a metal tube frame covered with nylon netting. The net is a single piece 50' x 25' with 2" square spacing. The overall enclosure ended up with a 8' x 40' footprint and is 7' tall. Materials list (almost complete):
10 pcs 1/2" diameter, 20' long conduit
12 pcs 2 1/2' pipe, large enough for conduit to slip into
1 pc Netting, outdoor rated nylon knotted 50'x25'
10' 3/4" diameter schedule 80 plastic pipe
3 pcs 50' nylon rope, light weight 1/4" diameter
Slef drilling metal screws (several lengths depending on materials)
Electric wire insulators
Electric fence wire
Plastic pipe and conduit is sized by the outside diameter, so the inside diameter varies with the 'schedule' or wall thickness. After some trial and error I found that 3/4" schedule 80 plastic pipe when cut into c-clips wil snap onto 1/2" metal conduit. These clips are used to quickly and securely attach the netting to the metal frame.
I cut my pipe length wise on a table saw - althoug you should not attempt this technique unless you are pretty handy with a saw. You must build an appropriate fixture to slide the pipe through to make these length wise cuts, not sure about that? Ask someone for help to do this safely.
Once the pip is cut twice length wise making a C-shape it can be cut into about 1 1/2" lengths for individual clips.
20 foot sections of 1/2" conduit can be ordered from most home improvement stores for $3 to $4 each. I bent the conduit into wickets with legs 6' long leaving them 8' wide. A pipe bender is required for this to prevent the conduit from kinking. Note that this conduit is fairly light weight. It should be good to hold up a net without any serious wind load but don't think of building a hoop house this way.
I found some pieces of scrap pipe avilable locally that were large enough for the 1/2" conduit to fit inside. I cut the pipe into 2 1/2' sections. This allowed for 18" of pipe to be pounded into the ground, leaving 2' above ground. A hole was drilled one foot from the top and a bolt secured through the hole. The 1/2" conduit wickets will be inserted until they rest on this bolt.