- 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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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!
Granterra Farm S from Missouri
I have not used this yet and hope it works like it is said to work. I will tell anyone that this is one sturdy piece of equipment made of heavy metal with durable welds and should last for years.
Robie & Rhoni S from Wyomin
We have about 100 head of sheep and this deck chair has made trimming feet a MUCH MUCH easier task. It is not only easier on us, it is also MUCH easier on the sheep. We have had this chair for about 3 years and it is holding up wonderfully! The chair simply and easily cradles the sheep so they do not strain or resist. The deck chair is especially great for trimming our rams feet. It is much easier to "set" them in the chair than it is to try to lay them down as before and it is much easier on them! ONE OF THE BEST INVESTMENTS WE HAVE MADE for reducing labor on our part and for reducing stress on the sheep!!! Would definetly recommned!!!!
I have a small flock and this is essentially my only handling equipment. Works great, holds hair sheep sufficiently. Easier to unload a large ewe or ram with two people. Gentle on the animals and a nice place for the shepherd to take a lunch break too. We put a t-shirt over the top of it to keep ear tags from getting entangled in the netting. We use it for hoof trimming, FAMACHA, vaccinations, inspection of an injury... They are usually quite calm once in the chair.