Why Should You Build Your Animal Enclosures With Plastic Lumber?

Livestock enclosures that are built with plastic lumber have numerous advantages over those constructed from wood. 

Types of Animal Enclosures You Can Use HDPE Lumber In

Here are just a few examples of the livestock that has benefited from using Plastic Lumber Yard’s boards in their enclosures. 


Equestrian facilities love to use HDPE in horse stalls and pastures! When used in stalls, horse owners often find a reduction in cribbing behaviors. The exact reason isn’t known – perhaps its the taste or texture – but the results speak for themselves. 


Pigs of all breeds and sizes love to rest in an enclosure that is made from plastic lumber!


Chickens are a great addition to any farm, helping to control bugs, reduce food waste, and providing fresh eggs. But chickens can be quite messy, which is why plastic boards are a great choice for a chicken coop! 


Goats are brilliant and mischievous creatures that need enclosures constructed from durable materials. Plastic wood boards can withstand the beating and stress that goats can place on a structure. 


Cattle need enclosures that are made from strong materials, simply due to their size. Fiberglass reinforced lumber is a great choice for cattle!

Why Should Animal Caretakers Design Enclosures With Plastic Lumber? 

Here’s why HDPE wood boards are a superior building product: 

  1. Durable: Plastic lumber can withstand being kicked by a hoof or headbutted. It doesn’t absorb moisture, so it won’t weaken because of rot, mold, and mildew. 
  2. Easy to Sanitize: Animals, although wonderful, are messy. Plastic wood is very easy to clean and won’t absorb any animal excretions. This not only helps save time and money, it also reduces unwanted scents and bacteria. Enclosures made from HDPE are a great choice when an animal needs to be isolated due to illness or injury and the environment needs to be as clean as possible. 
  3. Low Maintenance: No special treatments are needed to keep plastic lumber enclosures in peak condition. 
  4. Aesthetics: Plastic lumber comes in many colors, making it easy to mix and match to create attractive designs inside of a barn and out! 

Over time, an investment in plastic wood boards saves property owners time and money.