I had a nice corner in the barn to place this group of three 4×6 pens.  I will use these for brood pens when the chicks are feathered out.  Later in the season I will use them as conditioning pens for my larger breeds.


These are the tools that I have accumulated over the years.  Any good drill driver is worth it’s weight in gold.  A standard drill often times runs out of power to really drive the screws in.  The pneumatic stapler is also a HUGE time saver.  I use the narrow crown staples that are 1″ long.  You can also use the longer ones to hold down plywood.  I prefer using screws though for that job. I have a Craftsmen miter saw with a laser to line up the cuts.  Any brand will work fine.  When I use a circular saw I never cut it perfectly straight and don’t feel comfortable holding a triangle while I cut.  I didn’t post a picture of it, but there is a link below for 18 gauge metal shears.  It will cut 14 gauge with no problem.  The bottom blade is stationary and allows you to use it as a guide to run parallel with the wire so you get a clean, accurate cut.  I have found these to cut closer than the side cut pliers.  The only tool I don’t have that I think would make this job easier is a table saw.  You can use a table saw to rip your plywood for nice, straight cuts.

Tools and/or Supplies:

DEWALT DCF885C1 20V Max 1/4″ Impact Driver Kit: https://amzn.to/2JbpqYm

Sheet Metal Shear 18 Gauge: https://amzn.to/2wsjlEuBOSTITCH SB-2IN1 2-In-1 Narrow Crown Stapler/18-gauge Brad Nailer: https://amzn.to/2BOORMa
Staples: https://amzn.to/3drg7Bv