- 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).
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Diane B from Minnesota
We are also a small flock family and have been looking at purchasing the deck chair for some time, and we are really glad we did. We had it only two days and used it for trimming hoofs. We have used it about 6 time in less than a month. What an easy task trimming when you think about how hard it was before trying to handle the ewes. You would definitely have needed more than one person without it. The small imperfections are manageable with some modifications if needed. For the price, we are very pleased with the product.
Nikol L from Kansas
I'm a 5'2" woman with 7 sheep of various sizes (Shetland, Merino & Romney). This is the first time I've been able to confidently trim hooves, so I love this chair. Like the instructions say, it works best when the animal fits snugly, but since it's kind of a pain to adjust my sizes vary so much, I just slipped a cloth cover (think large pillowcase with holes in the closed end) over it with the smallest animals to keep them from tangling up in the net (had a near-disaster when I tried it with just the net).
I think quick-clamp adjusters on the crossbars would make this a perfect product.
Blogged here (with notes & pictures of my cover): http://thriftyknitter.com/?p=583
valery r from Ontario Canada
I am very disapointed with this product.Placing the sheep or goats in it is easy enough (we raise medium sized breeds) but keeping them in it isn't! They obviously try to squirm out , however they cannot, BUT they do get caught up in the netting which ressults in a terrible mess!! We tried it on a dozen different breeds of animals (Icelandics, Karakuls, Dorsets, Shetlands, Saanens and Nubians) and it did not work out with any of them. So we aren't using it anymore. For our needs, canvas might be better. I also agree that 2 or more people are required to maintain the animal in place and I do agree that adjustments for a multi breed flock are hard to make.
For my hair sheep, it works pretty good. With 2 people it's very easy to use. With one not so strong woman (me) it's a bit more difficult to get them in the chair but I still couldn't do without it now that I've got it. I do like putting a rope halter on them if I'm working alone and securing their head back to the fence. Not needing to hold them up or down on the ground (I don't have a platform to put sheep on yet) is so much better on my body. I know I won't be without one of these again and have recommended it to a couple herding friends for their small numbers and the fact that they work alone sometimes.
I have 2 sheep, both are Montadales, a large breed. Went to use the chair with the aid of the vet. Wanted to do it properly, the chair did not hold up. The farame bent due to the weight and size of the animal. Sadie is fine. However, the chair is in question. If I had small sheep it may have worked, I was really hoping it would because I need to do their hooves often and help is not always there.