- Galvanized steel pipe with elastic webbing.
- Can support large, adult sheep and goats (without horns).
- Adjustable width for all sizes.
- Included support rope for large/heavy sheep. (Prevents elastic webbing from over-stretching.)
- Length is 40 inches.
- Maximum width is 16 inches.
- Minimum width is 10 inches.
- Bottom "legs" are 14 inches.
- Replacement webbing is available.
- Can be folded flat for easy storage and transporting with some disassembly.
We've introduced several improvements over the previous version:
1.) Elastic webbing
- A thick weave of elastic shock cord has replaced the string net we used previously. The elastic web springs back into place when the ewe leaves the chair reducing the risk of entanglement. The webbing quickly hooks over built-in rivets for easy replacement. Included support rope can be used for heavy animals to prevent over-stretching.
- This simple device prevents the animal’s hind legs from getting caught in the mesh. On occasion we’ve had to chase down a ewe that’s made off with our deck chair because of this very reason—not often, but it has happened.
3.) Quickly make size adjustments
- When using our original chair, a wrench was needed to make side-to-side adjustments. These nuts have been replaced with finger-friendly wing bolts. Kick-plate adjusts via the same method.
How to Use
- 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 the gate or fence at a 45 degree angle.
- 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.
- Complete the process by lifting the head upwards into the sitting position.
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.
Does not work well with horned animals. Their horns may become entangled with the webbing.
Note: Deck Chair Replacement Webbing (#807515) DOES NOT fit our Old Deck Chair (#807500).
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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Maekayla M from Utah
I bought this chair to help with my Southdown Babydoll bottle-fed ewes. I’ve always sheared them standing for their comfort, but that’s impossible with hoof trims. Lately, I had to get a friend to help me lay the girls down to get at their feet. But this chair makes the job a one person show for me. My smartest ewe did manage to turn herself over in the chair, but I’m strong enough to tussle with her despite it. I would recommend an addition to the design though — the bottom bar could use a foam/rubber covering to keep the girls bums off metal. With their short legs and fat bodies, my girls were uncomfortable sitting on their tails or with their delicates against the bar.
Marion P from Oregon
I was so excited to receive this seemingly miraculous tool. thinking it would make my shepherdess life easier...but it was a complete disaster! The video makes it seem so smooth and easy but it is not. I am a small, competent, woman who shears her own sheep, with pretty docile Texels. It was not possible to back a ewe into it. Got good help — it got worse with the webbing shredding and the kick-plate shattering immediately. What a bitter disappointment.
Perhaps if you are a very large person with small trained sheep it might work for you.
Charles S from Pennsylvania
Works really well. We back the sheep up to the bottom and flip them in which is the hardest part. Once they’re in, they generally calm down. It may need to be narrowed up a bit but it works well. Seems well built. The rubber feet kept slipping off when we dumped the sheep out but they don’t really seem necessary anyway.
Karen H from Washington
The deck chair was a great help working on my Katahdins until they grew out of it. Now their long legs hit the chair bar at or below the hock so they don’t sit back but instead struggle, get feet behind the bar or the panel or in the webbing. Without the sitting momentum they are too heavy to flip back into the chair. So now it hangs on the side of the barn, useless. It’s great for smaller sheep though and I suppose I will give it to someone with smaller animals. Big disappointment for me though.
Debbie H from Oklahoma
I have Nigerian Dwarfs. They turned in the net and got their hoofs caught and their feet caught. I was not happy with this product.