- 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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George P from Oklahoma
Usable, but (1) one of the bolts that came with it was a smaller size than the other bolts, (2) another bolt was stripped before I even put it on. (1) The manufacturer needs better quality control or (2) I received a unit that had been returned.
Norman R from Washington/ Thurston county
At first I had the chair on a four foot high rail. The sheep fell out. Later I set it at about three feet and it works very nicely. I found when I am done, just tilt the chair forward, and the sheep walks away.
Katrina B from Mi
I try any thing to make it easier to work with sheep.. I just got it put it together and the next day I had it in the barn, backed a crazy ewe in it and milked her to tube her babies.. She couldn't kick me and the milk out of my hands. She was still. Yea!! I won !!! Worth it ! Twins are doing fine!
Karen C from Montana
Wonderful at restraining the sheep for trimming hooves. I can now do this on my own. Will agree with the adjustment problem for different size sheep, going to try the "slip cover" recommendation by one of the other reviewers for the smaller sheep/lambs. I would not be without this now that I have it.
Charles S from Florida
It's way better than wrestling them on the ground and you can't beat the price.
As others point out, it would be an improvement to be able to quickly adjust the width, the width is critical to keep them from squirming out or getting tangled in the net.
The plugs don't stay in the tubes, better feet are needed.
The netting should be replaced with a canvas or similar material sling to keep their feet from getting tangled.
You have to make sure your fence board height is correct otherwise when you back the animal up to the chair, it can push it up off the fence.