- 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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Anna K from Michigan
We have three feisty Shetlands and we tried to trim their hooves by putting them in the "sitting" position and could not do it. I saw this deck chair in your catalog and so we ordered it. Let me tell you...it is worth the investment! I recommend that in the beginning you have two people and that you keep your wrench handy to adjust the chair for sheep. That way if you have to adjust the chair again the other person can keep the sheep there. By the third sheep we had it perfect! The more snug the sheep is the more relaxed they are and you can trim and give them their dewormer very quickly. I highly recommend this product!
Diane M from Pennsylvania / Beaver County
Wonderful help for 1 person trimming hoves by myself as my MS does not let me bend and I see how easy it will be to do when I trim next time. Just did the one that has hoof issues after getting. May do the whole herd in a week or so after I replace all the screws holding the cross pieces as they were mostly stripped out when I got the chair. Still see how wonderful it will be for me to use when working with the sheep.
Crystal Y from East TN
Saved our backs from breaking! Anyone with sheep needs this tool to drench, trim feet, vaccinate, etc. The only improvement I suggest is to make it more easily adjustable. To adjust it narrower or wider one must un-tighten about 4 screws on each side. Doable enough, just a thought.
Bruce K from Rocky Mtns.
This chair did not work well for our large sheep. It hit them way too low on the leg when trying to load them. When it bumped them they just picked up their leg & stepped into the net. Could not keep it on the panel either. Threw it in the corner 3 years ago. May try to modify it someday. It did hold them once loaded, barely wide enough. Canvas would be better than net
Donald K from Louisiana
Huge help and backsaver!! No more squatting, kneeling, or crouching behind sheep, less mud and manure on my pants. Some of our sheep have beautiful, big horns and the chair keeps them away from your face. No more fighting skittish ewes to stay still long enough to get a good trim without trimming your own fingers. Only issue I have is the screws used to secure the vertical posts to the clamping hardware are a little undersized, the posts have turned in a little bit and twisted the screws with them. I have the clamp assembly as tight as I could bear to torque the bolts, I don't think going any tighter would solve the issue anyway. BUT the chair is MORE THAN worth it's weight in GOLD. Get one!