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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I like how they screw on to a pop bottle. The valve works well and allows the lambs to get a good flow of milk. It is very easy to get small lambs to take to the teat shape and softness. I do wish they offered a slightly more sturdy version for older, more aggressive lambs.
These teats are FAR BETTER than the Pritchard versions sold at the local feed stores. MUCH better quality rubber, ball bearing valves and they hold up to cleaning / disinfecting than the others. YOU MUST make sure these do not stay wet for prolonged periods of time, having a drying rack is best. This is the only place I will buy the teats sight unseen, they are superior to the made in china ones at the TSC or similar ones at SS.
Susan W from Oregon
Have been raising lambs now for about 10 yrs, rarely have to bottle-feed. This year had 2 and was having problems with standard nipples. Purchased the Pritchard teats and lamb bottles and no more problems. They took to them immediately - best bottles and teats EVER! I highly recommend these and will never use anything else. Thank you, Premier!
Teresa F from Colorado
We've been using these type of nipples for years, always good luck with them. This year the batch we ordered are different in thickness and the little tip on top are different on some as well. I would still recommend them but slightly disappointed in this batch!
Rick B from Indiana
We had our first bottle lamb, easy to use and our lamb seems to have taken right to it.