Bucket Teat Unit
Bucket teat units were first introduced to the USA by Premier over 30 years ago. They have been the “gold standard” design ever since.
Feed orphan lambs, goat kids and calves by attaching this unit to a square bucket. Teats sold separately. (See Accessories tab below.)
Use a bucket teat wrench to easily tighten or loosen the plastic gray “nut”.
Additional washers (sold above) may also be needed when using thin-walled buckets.
Teats sold separately.
Why so low? When a young ruminant stretches out its neck to nurse, their esophagus elongates and forms a groove that carries the milk into the 4th stomach (the abomasum).
If the neck is not stretched, the milk falls into the first stomach instead of the 4th. But the first stomach is intended for grass and hay. It doesn’t digest milk well. A first stomach with too much milk enlarges to form a “potbelly”—and the lamb/kid can’t thrive.
Mountable Teat Feeders (for welded wire panels or wall mounting) are an alternative DIY option.
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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Crystal E from CA
I love these things! We've used this unit to raise lambs and goat kids with the lamb nipples and also to raise calved with a standard calf nipple. They turn an hours long job into about 10 minutes twice a day, regardless how many your raising at a time. When used with cold, free choice milk replacer, I've found that the lambs grow nearly as fast as their ewe-raised counterparts. I do recommend using the right milk replacer. Some don't mix as easily or stay in suspension as well in cold water as others.
Mona E from Southern Idaho
Wonderful product! Great price! Because of the price, I buy a dozen washers and keep them on hand every spring. To prevent leakage, we add another washer to the teat unit after the lambs get older and become more aggressive feeders.
Outstanding product deserving of a "lamb-saver award." Our original ones came with a farm-store lamb bucket and are still going strong after four years. The rubber washers get squished after many uses, so keep extras on hand. I got extras of the teat units too and have never needed them. My hands aren't very strong but I have no trouble getting these apart for cleaning. We start our bottle lambs on Pritchard nipples, switch to the brown ones, and then the red stiffer ones.
Caryl E. B
These are great. The installation instructions are clear and easy to follow. Took me maybe five minutes total to set up a bucket with the 4 teat units. Pay attention to the form of the lip of the nipples that will work with the teat units if you don't plan to buy nipples when you buy the teat units. They can be used with Pritchard nipples, but you need extra washers. I was skeptical about extra replacer being wasted in the bottom of the buckets, but my lambs get all of it. My lambs also took to the nipples instantly and I didn't have to help them. I sort of milked the empty nipple so it was full which I gave them the first bucket, so when they explored, they'd immediately get a taste of food. Worked great. They went from Pritchard to the latex nipple with a different color, with only a few seconds of being fussy about the different feel.