Red Rubber Teats
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Bradley R from Western N.Y.
Rubber nipples do not hold up with chewing lambs.Lambs chew through them.After many hours of observation the damage occurs from lambs who chew on the nipple from the side of their mouth.Also observed lambs nipping,and pulling at the nipple with their incisors.I was replacing rubber nipples daily.Went to using the red latex nipples which would last 8x as long,than the rubber with biting lambs..The latex nipple is a bit longer at the end,and much more pliable,thus the latex is much more suited for the physiology of the lambs mouth.The rubber nipple just has too much resistance,anatomically less correct than the latex to fit the palate of the mouth.One method to keep lambs from chewing the nipples,is to make a baffle around the nipple,thus discouraging chewing.No nipple will hold up against a determined chewer.Final note on my observational study...Lambs that are orphaned,pulled,and are on the bucket from 1st to 2nd day have less problems,and seldom damage nipples,than those that are left with the ewes,and supplemented.Also the use of more nipples and buckets with the lambs lessened the likely-hood of damaged nipples.Too bad there isn't a manufacturer making neoprene nipples for durability.
Had trouble with the lambs chewing the rubber nipples off. The latex nipples worked better for us.