Red Rubber Teats
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Caryl B from Northern Virginia
I switch to these rubber nipples when the lambs start biting holes in the latex nipples, unless the lambs are particularly small, then I just sigh and keep replacing the latex nipples until they get a mouth big enough to use the rubber. The lamb seems to need to be a certain size mouth before they can use the rubber nipples. I also watch the lambs, to make sure all have managed to figure out the rubber nipples, before just hanging the bucket and walking away. I've also found that if the lambs are getting enough milk, that is when they tend to destroy the rubber nipples on me. I found it was important, if it is free choice milk, that the milk is always there. However, there was this one lamb who would go through a nipple in one use--I just elected to wean that lamb earlier and all was well.
Kirk/kellie M from Texas
We have used these nipples for two weeks now and they are holding up fine. Our issue is that one was sent with a larger slit in the tip which has caused some consistant leakage. We would still recommend, they are working well for our six bottle babies. The system has lightened our work load.
William S from Upstate NY
I have also had problems with my goat kids chewing holes in these nipples. The natural latex has outlasted them at least 10 fold. Very few have lasted more than 24 hours. After speaking to a local sheep farmer, she said they had the same problem with their lambs. I believe the inflexibility of the rubber causes frustration in the lambs and kids, hence the chewing. I would not recommend. The natural latex nipples have been working great, so I'm ordering more to replace the rubber ones (they seal better, too... no tool needed). I also think the latex nipples may be more environmentally friendly (no dyes and lower carbon footprint in the manufacturing process).
Crystal E from Northeastern California
These nipple will last a season at our place. We start with the latex for the first week or two and then switch to the rubber. And since we're raising show lambs, we leave them on the bucket for at least 45 days, sometimes all the way to 60. We haven't had problems with lambs chewing on them like others apparently have.
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.