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.

Completed enclosure (at least one end).  the turkeys now have a space 8' x 40' connected to thier house.

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.

An even better (and safer) way to section the pipe is with a plastic plumbing cutter as pictured here.

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.

 

 

 

Here are all of the pipe sections lined upa ready to go!  I made a total of 6 wicket that would be spaced 8 feet apart and require 12 pipe sections total.

The pipe section is piunded into the ground 18" deep and then the 1/2" conduit wickets are installed as shown here.  Using scrap pipe I sometimes found that the fit was pretty loose.  In those cases I just found a section of plastic pipe to fit between so that the wicket did not wobble too much.

Once all 12 pipes are pounded into the ground (each with 2' above ground), and the 1/2" conduit wickets are installed three light weight ropes are run across the top.  These rope will help hold up the net so it does not sag between supports.  the ropes also stabilie the structure.

Ropes were attached to each support with the clips made earlier.  the net is draped over the tube frame and secured with the same plastic clips.

We decided to run conduit along the ground. Wrapping the net around this conduit and securing the conduit to the ground shoul dmake it difficult for anything to get in (or out).

Adding a metal screw just below ground level allowed us to wire the horizontal conduit right down to the ground.

Seeing a stray dog wandering the area we decided to add an electric wire.  A standard short insulator with long metal screws secured the wire well.

A simple wood frame door on one end and we're all set!  Happy Turkeys.