- 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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Jeffrey J from Michigan
Assembled it quickly and put it to use. Worked well. I have St. Croix sheep and they fit on it nicely. Made trimming hooves much easier.
Susan B from Georgia
Still getting used to using this with goats but it works well. The "problem" I had was that the kids would flip over in the middle of the mani-pedi but it wasn't a problem getting them back on their backs. They did well and looked quite relaxed and happy getting their hooves trimmed while they were fed graham crackers. I've not been able to do this independently yet but I'm looking forward to being able to do so. It's so much easier to use the deck chair than to try trimming using a stand or collar/lead.
Nathaniel B from Iowa
Came quick. Super easy to put together.
My only issue was my ram! When I put him in, he kept stepping backwards up into it. Therefore his got his feet tangled up in it several times. As a result I did have some damage to the webbing, which is sad since he was literally the first one to use it.
Once I did get him in, he sat still for a bit, but then managed to get his hind feet tangled yet again! Frustrating to say the least. But that may have been because I did not have the chair at a low enough angle?? Not sure.
Either way, I did eventually get his feet all trimmed up. Even with the frustration of entanglement several times, it was still possible to trim his feet as a one man crew, where as otherwise it would have been impossible.
All that to say, great product! Would definitely recommend. Just watch those back feet!
Cassie P from Iowa
Works great! This chair works wonderfully and the sheep don't seem to mind it. We have a small flock but I'm so happy we got this because no more getting kicked and scratched. It's definitely easier on the sheep too.
Louronne H from Vermont
The deck chair worked out very well for the castration of my sheep. My vet liked it. I will be using it again soon when they get sheared and wormed and toenails done.