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.$4.00
Teats and NipplesItem #562700 -
Easy to clean, wide-mouth plastic bottle for feeding orphan lambs or goat kids.$5.80
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Corrine R from Washington
Absolutely the best nipple for raising dairy goat kids. We've used for our dairy goats for up to 6 months with no tears, rips or leaks. This year tried the cut technique, but was difficult to get a consistent opening cut. Since we were raising 6 kids wanted the flow the same for all, so went back to snipping very tip off of many of them. That way kids finish drinking about the same time.
Diana M from Montana
Great! Lambs took right to them!
Jeremy F from Pennsylvania
We were using vented baby bottles that worked ok but these nipples work much, much better. The goats take to it much easier and drink easier.
Melisa H from Georgia
Rescued a little starving pygmy, people said a baby bottle would work just as good....NO WAY!!! My little girl is thriving because of this nipple making feeding so much easier!
Victor F from Illinois
We have always used these nipples for the past 10 years.