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 ruminent 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.
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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Jackie L from Virginia
These units are awesome! Huge time saver plus if you hang them at the right level and use cold milk- the babies never get that "pot belly" that other bottle babies do. Last year, we raised several orphans on these buckets that grew up to do really well in the summer shows.
Order several of both the natural nipples to start lambs and harder nipples once they get the hang of it- the lambs will use them up and they will drip really bad- so you want to keep those on hand. I am planning on one set for about two lambs. I replaced the washer at the beginning of the season and that is usually the only time it needs to be replaced, but I keep them on hand just in case.
I also have the wrench so I can change the nipples myself and not have to get someone with "man hands" to help me- but if you have strong hands you may not need it.
The units work great with the Purina Honor Chow buckets- and if you have a lot of those- it is a great way to use them. The bucket holder is just a hair too small for the HSC buckets- but I just wedge them in and let them fall to the side slightly. Those buckets have a lid that is hinged and makes refill simple.
Overall- great product! Thank you for making it available!
Matthew W from Wisconsin
We have a bucket that was given to us used. We purchased just extra washers because ours were old and brittle. It was easy to order and the package came in a timely fashion. Our bucket still seems to be a little leaky and made a little mess when we poured the liquid in. It definitely saves time when feeding the goats though and we think it was a great invention!
Charles S from Florida
If you have more than one orphan lamb/goat, this is the way to go, period. Actually, I'll use it with even one orphan. It was easy to start them on the bucket and it saves so much time. I mix up the milk and carry a thermos of hot water to wash out the bucket. Takes all of five minutes, twice a day. About the only improvement would be in the bucket lids or the container, something that was easier to open & close.
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.