Red Rubber Teats
How to Use
If the milk flow seems too slow, take a Pocket Scalpel (or other sharp knife) and enlarge the “X” slit in the end of the teat. Be careful! Do NOT cut the end too large or the milk will constantly leak out.
Cannot be used on soda pop bottles.
Do NOT leave empty bottles or bucket feeders in the orphan pen. Lambs and kids will chew on nipples (in an attempt to feed) and damage the teats. A habit that is not easily reversed.
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.
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Premier’s Orphan Feeding Buckets include everything you need to feed milk replacer to orphan lambs and goat kids. 2 gallon and 4 gallon options.$44.65
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William S from New York
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 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 New York
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.