- 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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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.
Tina C from Oregon
The best purchase I have made for the goats! It cuts hoof trimming time in half with less stress! I have recommended the product to our 4H club.
Douglas from Nebraska
We bought one a year ago. It went together easily and worked as expected. BUT...
1) Our ewes are pretty large and during late gestation they just don't fit between the pipes very well. We tried to adjust it wider but the kick plate wouldn't allow us to. Ended up throwing out the kick plate and making our own so we could adjust to the ends of the horizontal pipes.
2) Bungee netting didn't last much past 50 head of sheep. The metal crimps seemed to cut into the exterior covering on the netting causing it to fray and eventually snap. We wonder if there is a different way to make these joints...possibly with pvc cable ties. Once it snapped we stopped using it. But, we miss it. So, we might order another net and try again.
3) Netting sagged ALOT. Even with the support rope installed (we don't think it helped much). Perhaps this contributed to our netting troubles. If we try a replacement net we might try some rubber tarp straps or something else to shore it up.
Overall a great product. Just didn't hold up to our heavy sheep.
Jason K from Minnesota
Works great! The ewe is comfortable, making it easy to trim their hooves. Every one that raises sheep should have one. I wish I bought one years ago. The price was good and product is built to last.
The holes in the plastic kick plate didn't line up perfectly, so it took a couple extra minutes to assemble.
Virginia S from Washington
Great product. Huge back saver. No problems getting ewes in or out.
Four stars for instructions and kick plate. The instructions were not clear on how to mount the webbing - you have to weave it on alternating between front/back so it will spread out evenly. C-shaped crimp closures should face the rear so the edges won't catch on the fleece.
Kick plate openings do not sufficiently align. We will have to drill the kick plate bolt hole openings to make them larger so that the bolts can be threaded through. Worked fine with our ewes without the kick plate, so not a huge issue.