- 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.) New 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: New 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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Elyse C from California
The Deck Chair worked perfectly to secure our sheep. My husband and I were able to get the sheep into the chair with little effort and managed to trim feet without fatigue on our part! Great invention!
Jerek/Amanda H from Oregon
Amazing product, completely stopped using my $2000 tilt table from D-S Livestock as this is much easier. The only issue are the set screws come loose and allow the netting to pull the chair narrower as my ewes are short and wide. I just took a drill and made a hole in the cross braces so the set screw could be more permanent at the widest setting. It is a two person job since I need someone to hold the chair but much easier on my wrists than the tilt table and my ewes actually fit in it.
Dave T from Missouri
This chair makes trimming feet so much easier on me and the stock. I’ll never be without one as long as I have sheep to care for.
Daniel H from Iowa
Well built and easy to assemble. Might add a crossover strap to hold stubborn ewes in place
Karen H from Pacific Northwest
So glad we bought the deck chair. We have only five Katahdin wethers but they are big boys and we are older people with arthritis. Hoof trimming goes quickly, is over before they know it and our backs are saved.
The chair assembled easily except for the kick plate being a little off. We twisted the frame a bit to get the bolt through and finished up fine.