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Pallet Fence: Great for small livestock

Inside: 6 reasons that I think 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!

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  1. FREE Pallets can usually be obtained for free. At least in our neck of the woods. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. STURDY Pallets are strong and were originally made to hold loads of weight, a goat standing on a board to look over doesn’t faze it a bit. 
  5. NON-PERMANENT The steel posts are very easy to remove. So if you don’t quite like it, move it around until you do!
  6. 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 open. 

 

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.6 reasons that I think a pallet fence makes the best fence for small livestock! Pictures and instructions included on how the pallet fence was built.

 

  • Buy or gather steal posts. You will want to pound in steel posts every 2 or three pallets apart. 

6 reasons that I think a pallet fence makes the best fence for small livestock! Pictures and instructions included on how the pallet fence was built.

Another option is using 4×4 square posts and putting them in between each pallet and screwing the pallets to the post. This would be more permanent but would look really nice. 6 reasons that I think a pallet fence makes the best fence for small livestock! Pictures and instructions included on how the pallet fence was built.

  • Screw the pallets together Screw the pallets together three times6 reasons that I think a pallet fence makes the best fence for small livestock! Pictures and instructions included on how the pallet fence was built.             
  • Place Gates Hang your gates and double-check the latch will stay hooked despite prying lips, horns and shenanigans.

6 reasons that I think a pallet fence makes the best fence for small livestock! Pictures and instructions included on how the pallet fence was built.

6 reasons that I think a pallet fence makes the best fence for small livestock! Pictures and instructions included on how the pallet fence was built.

You can see in this next picture that we used cattle panels to hold our goats while we were putting up the pallet fence.

6 reasons that I think a pallet fence makes the best fence for small livestock! Pictures and instructions included on how the pallet fence was built.

These next two pictures show the fence in progress:

6 reasons that I think a pallet fence makes the best fence for small livestock! Pictures and instructions included on how the pallet fence was built.

6 reasons that I think a pallet fence makes the best fence for small livestock! Pictures and instructions included on how the pallet fence was built.

It’s strong enough for the boys as well 🙂

6 reasons that I think a pallet fence makes the best fence for small livestock! Pictures and instructions included on how the pallet fence was built.

If you are interested in looking at other options for fencing, please read: Fencing For Goats

And also follow this Pinterest Board for more great ideas!

And you can read more about this brilliant fencing option and how others have made use of pallets as well. And here are several different pictures to give you more ideas! Check this article out too!


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  1. Nice to see I’m not the only one using pallets! Mine are a different size though, so they have to be 1 and 1 half pallets tall to keep my Nigerian Dwarfs in. I would LOVE to find these larger ones though!

    • Oh great! I’d love to see pictures–of the fence and goats 🙂 This size has been just perfect for us!

  2. It looks great and the ease of putting it together can’t be beat! How big is the area that you fenced and how many pallets do you think you used?Thanks!

    • That is a really good question! We have a rather large area but I’ve never counted for a specific number. We were able to pick up a HUGE pile from a rancher near us who sells feed in large quantities. I bet it is close to 100. We have two pens now, separating the buck from the does, and I need to make another cross fence for a place to wean the kids. 🙂

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