- 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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Larry C from Michigan
It's going to take some training with my 3 five year old goats. It's something new to them. So far I've only laid them back in it and petted them until they relaxed then released them. I'll do that a few times in 2 weeks time then start trimming hooves. Have a 2nd person help you do this till they get used to the chair. Our goats started twisting until we itch their ears, heads and other areas they like to calm them down. This chair frame is super sturdy.
Alan R from Color me SHOCKED!
My Dorpers are like dogs when at leisure, but lay a hand on them to restrain them, and they transform into grizzly bears. I have a small flock, and to trim their hooves is like a rodeo/circus without the right equipment. You cannot tie down my Dorpers with any known material. They get loose. I formerly had a tilt table, and they literally could escape from it every time.
So I was doubtful about this but the price was reasonable, and. my only alternative was to forget the hoof trimming or sell out. I’m 70 years old, and wrestling with just one for 20 minutes to restrain it wore me out.
So I set up the chair on arrival, easy set up and sturdy chair, good concept, but I still delayed trying it for three days so I could rest up to wrestle again. It does take some effort to tilt the sheep over backward into the chair, but I managed. Then I waited for the inevitable battle to escape the device. Instead the 120 ewe devil I had just plopped into my sheep chair, didn’t even wiggle. It was like her settling into a recliner to chill out. This is amazing. It works. I trimmed her hooves and savored taking my time to do it right, then flipped her over carefully onto all fours. She was like nothing had happened. I. highly recommend this chair. I didn’t believe all the claims until I tried it. I may still need a little help to catch and flip the sheep into it, but I CAN do it now. PTL.
Robert F from Ohio
Great product! Works very well!
Stephanie F from Virginia
Awesome chair. Saves stress on your back. Easy to assemble and use. So happy with this purchase.
Caryl B from Virginia
The reinforcement rope is not optional for this new style chair. If you don't use one (chair didn't come with one when originally purchased), the sheep rumps drop too far down into the seat, overstretching the elastic webbing. The webbing then starts tearing and fraying easily. I don't like how the number of spaces along the side of the webbing don't seem to match the number of tabs to hook them over. I had to undo and redo a couple of times to get the netting mounted evenly. The little metal rings holding the webbing into its diamond pattern are always sliding out of position with the weight of the sheep, but are difficult to slide back into position. I don't like the kick plate that has been added to prevent the sheep from catching its leg under a chair leg. It adds weight to the chair and it makes adjusting the chair width even more time consuming, plus, it restricts how wide the chair can be spread. And the sharp edges have gouged me in the legs a couple of times when a sheep hangs up a bit when dumping them out and the chair bangs against you. I took it off. Used a chair for years without the kick panel, with no problems--you just check to make sure the sheep's legs aren't sticking around them before you tip. The big wing nuts are a nice change from the old plain nuts requiring a wrench. The deeper seat of the chair helps keep a sheep immobile a bit better, but a sheep that decides to struggle is still going to struggle, and the sheep catch their hocks under the bottom cross bar a lot more frequently and manage to get a leg through the stretchy webbing more often, than with the old cotton netting, which had a shallower seat. But still, the chair works and is a boon when you need to tip a sheep for work.