- 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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Emily M from Michigan
I like the concept and perhaps the chair could work better with some modifications.
Could you use a tough, stretchy, solid fabric instead of webbing? Sheep get their feet caught in the web. The webbing breaks easily. Is there a better way to adjust the width perhaps something like how pallet forks adjust by dropping into a notch? I find that the chair legs slip along the rails after a while. The thumb screw is hard to tighten enough and also hard to loosen. The directions on how to use are a little misleading. In my experience, though a 90 lb lamb can be tipped into the chair by one person, a 170 lb struggling ewe takes 2 people and a lot of effort. A docile sheep might lie there peacefully but lots of sheep try to torque themselves out by arching their backs and pushing with their head and neck. Usually, we need one person to hold the sheep in the chair while the other trims the hooves.
So while I recommend the chair as an improvement over tipping sheep against your legs and bending over them, I dream of an even better way that is just as affordable and even more comfortable for sheep and human!
Kelly D from Wisconsin
Worked great. Would give 5 stars but the netting ripped 6 ewes in.
Angela C from North Carolina
The chair works perfectly for trimming our goats’ hooves. It makes that task so much easier!
Deb E from Minnesota
Makes hoof trimming so much easier. I wish the bottom legs were a little shorter, only because we raise Babydoll sheep and have to lift them up a bit to get into seat.
Eileen B from Michigan
I have used this chair for many years for our somewhat hefty flock of Merino and Romney sheep. I’ve been happy with the chair overall as it does save your back. However you do need some strength to maneuver them back to it and roll them in. Preferably with one person holding the chair as it can slid (we have a concrete floor in our barn) and two moving the sheep. I’ve had to replace the netting every 18 months or so due to it breaking. I did re enforce it with a rubber bungee cords as a last resort and it worked pretty well.