- Hot-dip galvanized
- 36" tall
- 1.5" deep
- 46" wide unfolded
- 6" wide folded
- Space for ewe's neck adjusts (3 widths) with movable pin
- Fits into existing lambing pens with 2 connecting pins (not included)
- Approximate wall thickness is 2-3mm depending on size of square tubing
- Galvanized should not rust (unless left in wet manure.)
- Folds down to 6" wide for easy storage.
- Place in corner of pen.
- If using wire panels in the pen, have the orphan headgate so that the connectors are sticking through the wire panels. Slide a connecting pin (not included) into each connector.
- If using wood pens, just wire the headgate to the sides of the pen.
- Adjust width of headgate to fit ewe's neck.
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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Keith M from Indiana
We bought this after seeing it recommended on Shetland groups. We have used it twice this year and it worked perfect with our Shetland ewes. Both lambs were accepted after no more than 4 feedings.
Quentin B from Kansas
Saved me from having to bottle feed kids that mother didn’t want. From fit perfectly in my home made kidding pens. Only bad part is some does with big horn sets won’t fit in it.
Babette F from Colorado
Love our orphan headgate. We had been cross tying nannies and/or ewes having a baby grafted. It also doubles as a creep feeder gate for the goat kids, when not in use as a headgate. Kids slip right through to eat creep feed. No nannies catching horns like in our home made crop feeding panels.
Fhe H from North Carolina
I'm 5'8 and 145 pounds at best, and this product seems to be a great help! It seems to weigh just a bit under a 55 pound sack of dog feed.
Currently I have a ram in with my registered colored Lincoln longhairs, so after I unwrapped the paper and plastic wrap, and lugged it to the barn, I was eager to get one ewe off to the side and give this a try! 045, one of my two year olds, breeding for the first time medium sized ewes, came into a jug with the promise of grain. She was ornery and wild and as I placed the grain in a bucket on the interior of this product, she was adamant she was not placing her head in! Slowly after the grain was wiggled and shaken and once I had to move the rod and the pin about, her head was in! I swooped the rod over and dropped the pin. She promptly pulled back and the entire contraption came with her, which upset her quite a bit. Me too! I reached around the contraption attempting not to get injured myself, as she obviously weighs more than I do, and three pointy bit of metal added makes for a bit of a menace! I shook the grain bucket in the corner to try and calm her, and she went back to munching! I righted the contraption, breathed out, grabbed another bucket and sat on it, and snuggled up to her side as she munched away. I felt under her for teets to milk and finally found the unproved teets. She did not throw herself at me, nor draw the contraption up in the air again.
I am eager for April and for lambs to arrive at two am, in the freezing cold, and her not wishing to share her teet, and getting to use this product at her lowest point or when the ewes will have a giant lamb stuck and then refuse to push anymore so I have to go inside to pull the slimy lamb out, and not have a few hundred pounds still throwing herself against me and the sidewalls of the wee jugs!
At this point I am impressed and eager to try it in a real life 'need' situation! Currently my thought is 'WHY did I not buy this years ago!!?? And all for under two hundred dollars!
Molly W from Wisconsin
We used this twice and didn't have success grafting, but it was tricky situation. The spacing for the headlock width was not ideal for our sheep. We added foam pipe insulation to get a better width and will probably end up drilling another set of holes. We also had to put a visual barrier (panel) in the headgate/middle section because our ewes can see what's going on behind them through that gap. Not good. It kept us from requiring to hold a ewe steady several times a day but the details are not great on this design.