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Deck Chair

Premier's deck chair holds sheep reliably in a relaxed position. Allows the use of both hands to trim feet, tag ears, examine and medicate.

   

ITEM # DESCRIPTION AVAIL. WEIGHT PRICE QTY
807500 Deck Chair In Stock 13.00 $94.00
807600 Deck Chair Replacement Webbing In Stock 0.40 $9.00

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Specs

  • Galvanized steel pipe with nylon webbing
  • Can support up to 500 lbs
  • Adjustable width for all sizes
  • Length is 40"
  • Maximum width is 16.5"
  • Bottom "legs" are 14"
  • Replacement webbing is available
  • Can be folded flat for easy storage and transporting with some disassembly.
Benefits

By using the deck chair, it allows you to use both hands for working on the animal. It also saves you from many backaches of trying to hold the animal and work on them at the same time. It will restrain heavily pregnant ewes without injury to them. It also allows you to walk away from the animal for more medicine or tools, etc.

How to Use

See PDF above for additional instructions.

To load:

  1. Best location is in the corner of a small pen--as this allows catching the animal with the least effort. Drop the top of the chair over a gate or fence at 45 degree angle.
  2. Catch the sheep by the head. Back the sheep into the chair. As the back legs hit the bottom crossbar, the rump (and most of the animal's weight) will fall into the webbing. (Take care not to catch the rear legs in the 2 vertical chair legs.)
  3. Complete the process by lifting the head upwards into the sitting position.

To unload:
With one hand, tip the chair forward with the sheep inside it. Allow the animal to fall out onto its feet. Hang onto the chair or you may be chasing the animal/chair combination around the pen.

Precautions

Note: The tighter the adjustable tubular sidebars clamp the animal, the more secure the hold. If a typically-sized animal in your flock is too loose in the chair, loosen the clamps and slide the side bars closer together.


Does not work well with horned animals. Their horns may become entangled with the netting.

Listed below are recommended optional components or related items. Your particular situation may require alternative recommendations. Please call and talk to our consultants if there are any questions at 800-282-6631.
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Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Number of Reviews: 26 customers reviewed this product.

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Makes the job of trimming hooves less of a chore. When we trimmed the hooves of our ram flock (Ile de France cross rams and hair rams) we used the deck chair to make the job a little easier, the hardest part was catching the rams. The chair held them and we had no escapes. Adjusting between each sheep can be a hassle (we typically skip this step) but overall it is a back saver compared to sitting the sheep/goat on their hind end and trimming.
Date: June 26, 2014
Joseph R from Central Florida
Would you recommend this product? Yes
This chair is constructed with very heavy gauge pipe. When I ordered it, I figured that the pipes would be similiar to fence pipe, but was pleasently surprised by the heavy construction. I have St. Croix hair sheep. Once I caught my 165lb Ram, I struggled a bit to get him in to the chair. I had it adjusted too big. The adjustment took a few minutes, so having a helper is reccommended. Once I got him into the chair again, trimming his hooves was a breeze. I would recommend that that once you find the correct adjustment, that you mark the horizontal pipes with a good permanent marker or thin lines of paint. Great value, I give it 5 stars.
Date: May 7, 2014
Tim K from Mo
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Not as easy-to-use as the picture, but very helpful. Saved my back!!!
Date: October 2, 2013
Anna K from Michigan
Would you recommend this product? Yes
We have three feisty Shetlands and we tried to trim their hooves by putting them in the "sitting" position and could not do it. I saw this deck chair in your catalog and so we ordered it. Let me tell you...it is worth the investment! I recommend that in the beginning you have two people and that you keep your wrench handy to adjust the chair for sheep. That way if you have to adjust the chair again the other person can keep the sheep there. By the third sheep we had it perfect! The more snug the sheep is the more relaxed they are and you can trim and give them their dewormer very quickly. I highly recommend this product!
Date: August 29, 2013
Diane M from Pennsylvania / Beaver County
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Wonderful help for 1 person trimming hoves by myself as my MS does not let me bend and I see how easy it will be to do when I trim next time. Just did the one that has hoof issues after getting. May do the whole herd in a week or so after I replace all the screws holding the cross pieces as they were mostly stripped out when I got the chair. Still see how wonderful it will be for me to use when working with the sheep.
Date: June 5, 2013
Roger W from Tennessee
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Sturdily built, but I won't know about the durability of the netting until I use it for awhile.
It was VERY difficult to adjust the netting for smaller animals -- took a lot of fiddling and redoing.
Date: April 27, 2013
Crystal Y from East TN
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Saved our backs from breaking! Anyone with sheep needs this tool to drench, trim feet, vaccinate, etc. The only improvement I suggest is to make it more easily adjustable. To adjust it narrower or wider one must un-tighten about 4 screws on each side. Doable enough, just a thought.
Date: March 11, 2013
Bruce K from Rocky Mtns.
Would you recommend this product? No
This chair did not work well for our large sheep. It hit them way too low on the leg when trying to load them. When it bumped them they just picked up their leg & stepped into the net. Could not keep it on the panel either. Threw it in the corner 3 years ago. May try to modify it someday. It did hold them once loaded, barely wide enough. Canvas would be better than net
Date: February 25, 2013
Donald K from Louisiana
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Huge help and backsaver!! No more squatting, kneeling, or crouching behind sheep, less mud and manure on my pants. Some of our sheep have beautiful, big horns and the chair keeps them away from your face. No more fighting skittish ewes to stay still long enough to get a good trim without trimming your own fingers. Only issue I have is the screws used to secure the vertical posts to the clamping hardware are a little undersized, the posts have turned in a little bit and twisted the screws with them. I have the clamp assembly as tight as I could bear to torque the bolts, I don't think going any tighter would solve the issue anyway. BUT the chair is MORE THAN worth it's weight in GOLD. Get one!
Date: February 20, 2013
Granterra Farm S from Missouri
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I have not used this yet and hope it works like it is said to work. I will tell anyone that this is one sturdy piece of equipment made of heavy metal with durable welds and should last for years.
Date: February 13, 2013
Robie & Rhoni S from Wyomin
Would you recommend this product? Yes
We have about 100 head of sheep and this deck chair has made trimming feet a MUCH MUCH easier task. It is not only easier on us, it is also MUCH easier on the sheep. We have had this chair for about 3 years and it is holding up wonderfully! The chair simply and easily cradles the sheep so they do not strain or resist. The deck chair is especially great for trimming our rams feet. It is much easier to "set" them in the chair than it is to try to lay them down as before and it is much easier on them! ONE OF THE BEST INVESTMENTS WE HAVE MADE for reducing labor on our part and for reducing stress on the sheep!!! Would definetly recommned!!!!
Date: January 10, 2013
Christina F
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I have a small flock and this is essentially my only handling equipment. Works great, holds hair sheep sufficiently. Easier to unload a large ewe or ram with two people. Gentle on the animals and a nice place for the shepherd to take a lunch break too. We put a t-shirt over the top of it to keep ear tags from getting entangled in the netting. We use it for hoof trimming, FAMACHA, vaccinations, inspection of an injury... They are usually quite calm once in the chair.
Date: January 10, 2013
Matt P from Tennessee
Would you recommend this product? Yes
This is a quality stout product. A must have for any size flock
Date: October 21, 2012
Megan C from WV
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Great product makes it easier on the operator and much easier on the animal allowing it to be less stressful.
Date: September 28, 2012
George P from Oklahoma
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Usable, but (1) one of the bolts that came with it was a smaller size than the other bolts, (2) another bolt was stripped before I even put it on. (1) The manufacturer needs better quality control or (2) I received a unit that had been returned.
Date: September 22, 2012
Norman R from Washington/ Thurston county
Would you recommend this product? Yes
At first I had the chair on a four foot high rail. The sheep fell out. Later I set it at about three feet and it works very nicely. I found when I am done, just tilt the chair forward, and the sheep walks away.
Date: April 12, 2012
Katrina B from Mi
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I try any thing to make it easier to work with sheep.. I just got it put it together and the next day I had it in the barn, backed a crazy ewe in it and milked her to tube her babies.. She couldn't kick me and the milk out of my hands. She was still. Yea!! I won !!! Worth it ! Twins are doing fine!
Date: March 15, 2012
Karen C from Montana
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Wonderful at restraining the sheep for trimming hooves. I can now do this on my own. Will agree with the adjustment problem for different size sheep, going to try the "slip cover" recommendation by one of the other reviewers for the smaller sheep/lambs. I would not be without this now that I have it.
Date: March 8, 2012
Charles S from Florida
Would you recommend this product? Yes
It's way better than wrestling them on the ground and you can't beat the price.

As others point out, it would be an improvement to be able to quickly adjust the width, the width is critical to keep them from squirming out or getting tangled in the net.

The plugs don't stay in the tubes, better feet are needed.

The netting should be replaced with a canvas or similar material sling to keep their feet from getting tangled.

You have to make sure your fence board height is correct otherwise when you back the animal up to the chair, it can push it up off the fence.
Date: December 15, 2011
James M from Arizona
Would you recommend this product? Yes
We have Tunis sheep and used the deck chair very successfully for hoof trimming. Pick up the front end of the sheep, up and over, back into the chair. When finished, pick up the top of the deck chair, bring it forward, and the sheep walks away. I would prefer canvas instead of netting to support the sheep. I was trimming dingleberries and tended to cut the netting. And a quicker way to adjust the width would be really helpful.
Date: May 17, 2011
Andrea K from Michigan
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I'm a short female and I can't knock the ewes on their rear end like my dad or brother can, and since they are busy planting corn/soybeans I decided to purchase this. I read some bad reviews and some good ones, but overall I would have to say this is a wonderful product. If you have a little bit of patience and are sure to read the directions you will really succeed in using this. It does take a little bit of muscle and some time to get used to it, but it really is great.
Date: April 4, 2011
Diane B from Minnesota
Would you recommend this product? Yes
We are also a small flock family and have been looking at purchasing the deck chair for some time, and we are really glad we did. We had it only two days and used it for trimming hoofs. We have used it about 6 time in less than a month. What an easy task trimming when you think about how hard it was before trying to handle the ewes. You would definitely have needed more than one person without it. The small imperfections are manageable with some modifications if needed. For the price, we are very pleased with the product.
Date: January 30, 2011
Nikol L from Kansas
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I'm a 5'2" woman with 7 sheep of various sizes (Shetland, Merino & Romney). This is the first time I've been able to confidently trim hooves, so I love this chair. Like the instructions say, it works best when the animal fits snugly, but since it's kind of a pain to adjust my sizes vary so much, I just slipped a cloth cover (think large pillowcase with holes in the closed end) over it with the smallest animals to keep them from tangling up in the net (had a near-disaster when I tried it with just the net).

I think quick-clamp adjusters on the crossbars would make this a perfect product.

Blogged here (with notes & pictures of my cover): http://thriftyknitter.com/?p=583
Date: January 16, 2011
valery r from Ontario Canada
Would you recommend this product? No
I am very disapointed with this product.Placing the sheep or goats in it is easy enough (we raise medium sized breeds) but keeping them in it isn't! They obviously try to squirm out , however they cannot, BUT they do get caught up in the netting which ressults in a terrible mess!! We tried it on a dozen different breeds of animals (Icelandics, Karakuls, Dorsets, Shetlands, Saanens and Nubians) and it did not work out with any of them. So we aren't using it anymore. For our needs, canvas might be better. I also agree that 2 or more people are required to maintain the animal in place and I do agree that adjustments for a multi breed flock are hard to make.
Date: July 15, 2010
Mary Christine H
Would you recommend this product? Yes
We just use the chair for the first time. I was concerned it may not work on our rather large Suffolk ewes but we widen it out as far as we could and had no problems. It required 2 people due to the ewes size but what a breeze trimming hoofs!!!
Date: May 25, 2010
Gail S
Would you recommend this product? Yes
For my hair sheep, it works pretty good. With 2 people it's very easy to use. With one not so strong woman (me) it's a bit more difficult to get them in the chair but I still couldn't do without it now that I've got it. I do like putting a rope halter on them if I'm working alone and securing their head back to the fence. Not needing to hold them up or down on the ground (I don't have a platform to put sheep on yet) is so much better on my body. I know I won't be without one of these again and have recommended it to a couple herding friends for their small numbers and the fact that they work alone sometimes.
Date: May 22, 2010
Charlotte A
Would you recommend this product? No
I have 2 sheep, both are Montadales, a large breed. Went to use the chair with the aid of the vet. Wanted to do it properly, the chair did not hold up. The farame bent due to the weight and size of the animal. Sadie is fine. However, the chair is in question. If I had small sheep it may have worked, I was really hoping it would because I need to do their hooves often and help is not always there.
I am very surprised by this report. Montadales are large but we've never had one bend for us or, to our current knowledge, a customer. We will refund your $$ if you send us a photo. -- Premier
Date: March 24, 2010
Caryl E. B
Would you recommend this product? Yes
The chair works just fine--a real handy item and a time saver. The problem is with the flock that I help take care of. The sheep are various hair sheep crossbreds, all different sizes, which means I can't just set the chair to one "right" size. The chair size can be adjusted simply, but not quickly enough for assembly line foot trimming of this flock (takes more time to adjust than to restrain and trim a few squirming sheep in a row in the chair), so I compromised with a one size fits all adjustment, which meant the smaller sheep could squirm around too much and the larger sheep were a little stuffed in--and you have to be sure the hip bone isn't caught on the rim when you dump those out--easy enough to do, just remember to do it, or the chair goes trotting off with the sheep. I pretty much solved the squirm problem by a slip halter with a clip on the lead end to restrain the head. Head doesn't move, body stays still. Also a size problem with the netting bag for a multi-size flock. For really small sheep, I attached a couple of snap clips to the bag so I can quickly take up the excess netting as needed. Most shepherds have a more homogenous sized flock or can easily separate the sizes, which I can't. Wish there was an instant size adjust chair out their for flocks like this. Definitely recommend to others. It is still a life saver for trimming this flock (about 125 head). Others with small flocks have seen me use the chair and now they want one, too.
Date: February 6, 2010
Kristen B
Would you recommend this product? Yes
An excellent product and very handy to have, especially for foot trimming. I have a small flock and I'm a "one person operation" so this is a very affordable alternative to having the chutes with a turntable, etc. Put it in a small working pen. Works really well, even on pretty large sheep. The only trouble I ever had was getting a really big sheep lined up to "sit" in it! A sheep is very easy to restrain once in it. Really easy to just "dump" the sheep out of it, by tipping it forward. If a sheep won't cooperate for foot trimming while standing in the fitting/grooming stand, he goes in the deck chair.
Date: February 5, 2010
KAY G
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I just recieved my chair last week and I love this chair. I own a small flock of Old English Babydolls and it worked perfectly. I trimmed feet,trimmed some tags, checked teeth on all my ewes all alone with no problems. I made one adjustment for my small sheep and that was to take up some of the slack in the webbing. Now I am going to try Hagrid,my ram.