- 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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Marlene M from Nova Scotia, Canada
Finding a safe and effective way to do hoof trimming for your flock of sheep is challenging, at best. The Premier 1 deck chair is a game changer! We first saw one at a local Sheep Growers Exhibition and were seriously impressed with the design and functionality. Watching a local vet ease an ewe safely into it and perform a hoof trimming had us sold that this was the ethical way to go, to provide comfort to our sheep while performing much needed foot care. My only concern was the cost of shipping. It cost over double the price of my purchase, to have this shipped to me in Canada.
Petra M from Nova Scotia, Canada
I had this chair years ago and loved it, but had trouble keeping large sheep in. The netting was modified and when I bought a second chair after a relocation, I have had only trouble with the excess sag and the cord to prevent that, from slipping. So many tangled feet and twisting sheep and I have tried everything. I called to get the original netting, and had to pay more for it than I did for the chair (taxes, customs, shipping.) I caution new purchasers to insist on the old netting. 3 stars because the modified system is unsuitable. I have called several times and watched the video and have good common sense; none of which prevented tangles.
Lynnae B from Georgia
Okay, I’m rating this high because I think it has potential. I used it to trim sheep hooves and will keep using it. The experience was hilarious—not nearly as tidy as the photos or video, but ultimately effective. I need to make the chair narrower so sheep can’t roll over. The big challenge was convincing them to back up to the chair. But no one was hurt, sheep were securable and mostly still, and I could trim in relative peace.
Reed Meadow Farm from Maine
Worked on trimming hooves after work tonight. Love this chair from Premier1 Supplies! Wish I would have made the investment years ago.
Stephan W from Georgia
I just used this deck chair for the first time after spending 4 hours in the sun working. I was tired and I didn’t know if this product was going to work well. But…it was EXACTLY as good as I hoped. It took a very labor intensive activity—trimming hooves—and cut the time in half. The ewes weren’t nearly as stressed as when we have to stand over them and trim. The construction is solid and the hammock is strong. I would absolutely buy this again.