How to Use
How to cut the Pritchard Teat
Teats are supplied with no hole in the end and must be cut before use. Two different techniques can be used to cut the teat:
- The most common technique is to use sharp scissors and snip the tip off cross-ways. The more you snip, the bigger the hole, so don’t overdo it.
- An alternate method was recently discovered by one of our researchers at Premier. Using the new technique, do not cut off the tip, but instead carefully slit the end into two halves with a razor knife. The two halves snap back together when not in use and self seal the end of the teat. Most importantly, this self-sealing method of cutting the teat allows you to place the teat in a partially inverted position, from which the lambs can suck at will. Gordon’s (Premier’s product consultant) flock includes orphan lambs with “Finn” bloodlines who initially prefer Pritchard teats to the larger bucket teat units. The same applies to goat kids.
- Do not put bottles with attached teats in the microwave. Remove the teat first, otherwise it will melt.
- Be sure not to lose the tiny metal ball that rattles when you shake the teat. The teat will leak without this ball. This rarely happens and primarily only from washing the teats too aggressively.
- Do not leave teats sitting in the sunlight. Especially do not leave them sitting on a window ledge inside a building. This “greenhouse” situation has been known to heat the red latex until it melts into a gooey blob. As all areas of high heat are bad for this type of latex, it‘s best not to leave them close to an “active” wood stove or furnace.
- Do not clean the teats in boiling water. Use only warm water with a small amount of dishwashing detergent.
- Do not use Clorox® to disinfect teats. The strong chemical reacts with the latex and can cause rapid disintegration of the teat.
- Be aware of imitation Pritchard teats currently on the market. They can be identified by their stiffer, molded rubber material. Pritchard teats are made with soft pliable latex. We have found in experimenting with the molded teats that they are difficult to use with weak lambs, goat kids or tiny lambs from triplets or quads.
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.
Teats and NipplesItem #562701 -
Easy to clean, wide mouth plastic bottle for feeding orphan lambs or goat kids.$3.75
Teats and NipplesItem #562700 -
Easy to clean, wide mouth plastic bottle for feeding orphan lambs or goat kids.$5.60
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William H from Florida
Tractor Supply and other farm stores sell a knockoff version of the Pritchard nipple. These knockoff products are too thin to withstand a hungry baby goat or lamb. These nipples from Premier 1 are durable and long-lasting.
Reyes R from Tennessee
We have been using these for years. Excellent product!!
Travis L from Oklahoma
We raise hair sheep and dairy goats and each year there are a few bottle babies. Last year was the first time I tried the Pritchard nipples. Lambs and kids took to them immediately. At the end of the day I would run them they my dishwasher's sterilizing cycle just for extra cleaning. They held up extremely well! I will always have an extra supply of these on hand!
Bryan G from Iowa
These nipples work better than the ones we purchased at Mills Fleet Farm, that look almost identical to these. Without comparing them up close, one would never see the differences, but we sure have noticed a difference in which the lambs prefer. These nipples seem to be just a little longer, fatter, and a little more pliable. Not sure what difference it makes, but they seem to be easier for the lambs to drink off of. We take several bottles out at one time, and when a lamb is having trouble drinking it always seems to be the other brand. We switch the nipple from another bottle with this brand, and that seems to solve the problem.
David C from Missouri
Always have some on hand when lambing starts. Hope not to use any of them but, if I have to , they are the best.