- 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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Michelle T from New York
Cannot say enough about this -
Once you get your netting width set correct, and the set to the right height on your gate, its hard to imagine the old way of catching, flipping, holding down, and still trimming ...
Small things we noticed - be sure to have extra cableties on hand as an active sheep can snap them quickly. Smaller sheep can get their hooves tangled if not backed in just right. So we still keep this a 2 person job, one to maneuver the sheep, one to keep the frame in place. Larger sheep could use an extra boot out when finished, if they take off with the contraption on their backs it could be YouTube worthy material to retrieve it...
Our backs, and major joints can handle all our sheep in one day now.
We have a very uncooperative ewe. We couldn't trim her hooves until we got the deck chair. The deck chair made it SO easy! Super easy to set up. Super easy to use. Got the sheep into the chair perfectly on the first attempt.
Worked well. I am a. 55 year old woman, and I could handle the sheep and trim hooves by myself with this chair.
I bought this because I am a new shepherd, with only a few sheep, and I needed to give an injured ewe penicillin injections. It arrived quickly and was a godsend. I followed the instructions of how to guide the sheep into the chair and was surprised at how easy it was. I will say that I will have to make my poles narrower because I have hair sheep and if I hadn't had someone else to steady her and keep her still while I gave the injection, she would have been able to wriggle out, but that is not a fault of the chair and just needs some adjustment on my part. I am relieved to know I will be able to go through drenching and trimming with relative ease using this chair. I Would definitely recommend this product to anyone who has to work with sheep.
Oh,my gosh . . . this chair is the greatest! We have only five sheep, so it is a cost-effective way for us to work on their feet. It is well-made and fairly priced.
My son and his friend rushed to put it together without reading the directions. Pinkerton, our lead sheep dutifully backed up to it and was easily flipped back into the chair. However, he promptly started to slide through the bottom of the net! Mom, "Ah, guys, aren't you supposed to thread the top and bottom of the netting onto the top and bottom cross braces?"
Once that was corrected, all went well. If you have everything within reach that you might possibly need, one person can work on a sheep alone; but you cannot leave to get something and expect the sheep to lie there and wait for you.
As another person says, Do Not cut the white cords.