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DIY Easy Critter Corral

DIY Easy Critter Corral

My DIY Easy Critter Corral or animal pen has been such a lifesaver for me as it works great for any kind of small animal such as bunnies, chicks, ducklings, turtles, and the list goes on!  It’s lightweight and easy to move around the yard onto a fresh patch of grass every day.  As a bonus, it’s just as easy to disassemble and store away, as it is to put up!

I’ve used this corral to keep my baby chicks and ducklings in during the daytime, until they were big enough to join the rest of the flock. I also have a friend that brings her bunnies over from time to time to let them graze on the grass for the day.  Kids can also sit inside the corral to interact with their furry friend, while keeping their pet safe from wandering off.

(As a side not I’d like to mention that this corral will not keep any excessive pet aggressive dogs out, as they could (when no one is looking) eventually chew through the netting, dig under the enclosure, or even jump over.   In this case do NOT leave the enclosure unattended.  On the other hand, I have a small dachshund that likes to kill baby chicks, but she has no desire to chew through or dig under the enclosure, so I basically can leave the babies out all day unattended).



  • Although I used 1/2in diameter PVC, any size will work for this project.  I might add that if you have kids that like to lean and hang on things (when no one is looking), I recommend a larger sized diameter PVC pipe.  I don’t glue the PVC together, as I like to disassemble and store it all away when not in use.
  1. Eight 5ft pieces of PVC Pipe
  2. Plastic Garden fence netting (40 inches tall). I bought a 15ft roll at Home Depot
  3. Eight PVC elbow tees
  4. Zip ties (large enough to wrap once around the PVC pipe
  5. Four 3ft 3in pieces of PVC pipe






Connect all eight elbow tees and 5ft pieces of PVC together, making two squares.

Attach the four 3ft 3in pieces to one of the squares.

Connect the second square to the top.

Zip tie one end of the netting to a corner of the frame.

Wrap around the whole frame, making sure the netting is pulled tight.  Then zip tie to the corner to secure.

Trim off all the ends of the zip ties.

Cut the excess netting off with scissors.

Make sure to put extra zip ties along the bottom as you don’t want any loose areas where your pet can squeeze through.

It’s ready to use!

Now, isn’t this cool?

DIY Easy Critter Corral

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  1. A very handy item! I am moving to a place where I may at last be able to make my dream of having a couple of hens come true. While I may end up building a small coop with a permanent yard, this would also be a possibility for while I was working in the yard or such.

    • Tee

      You could definitely use this enclosure to keep your hens in! You can secure a sheet across the top with safety pins for both shade and to keep the hens from flying out.

  2. What a great critter corral! I love seeing the photos of all your sweet animals! Thank you for sharing this awesome post at “You’re the Star” blog hop! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  3. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing with us at the To Grandma’s house we go link party, I’ll be featuring you on Wednesday of next week when the new party starts!

  4. Love all the pictures of your adorable animals! This is a great idea for corraling small critters. Thanks for sharing!

    I found you on the Simple Homestead blog hop this week.

  5. This is a great solution! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  6. What a great item to have on hand! This would be perfect for when I want to take chicks out in the spring. Congrats on your feature over on The Homestead Hop!

  7. This great post is a GARDEN feature on the June You’re the STAR blog hop: God’s Growing Garden

  8. April Rogers

    Just a thought… I did make one of these, but we put a top on it as we have hawks. They usually get a few of our babies, whatever we have. The top stopped them.

    • Tee

      Yes, that is something to think about if you have hawks or large birds of prey around. Thanks for your comments!

  9. Ann

    Very cool! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

  10. That looks really easy! Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 12, open May 1 to 26. All entries shared if social media buttons are installed.

  11. This is great! Thanks for sharing at Encouraging Hearts and Home! This post will be one of my featured posts. Stop by and say hello!

  12. Ivan Salamon

    Thanks for the idea. Very easy to assemble with almost no tools. I will still make a similar one but with a wooden construction. Next door I have a wood waste dump from a parquet factory, for free. Appropriate material can always be found. I plan to make a similar protection for peas in the garden, which sparrows like to attack when they are still very young.

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