Wide Mouth Lamb 'N' Kid Feeding Bottle
Easy to clean, wide-mouth plastic bottle for feeding orphan lambs or goat kids.
Use a bottle rack to allow lambs and goat kids to self-feed.
- 16 oz or 500 ml.
- Feeding bottle can be microwaved with milk inside it. (Remove the teat first. Latex melts!)
- Wide mouth makes it easy to add and mix milk in the bottle.
- Offset cap location allows better milk flow in bottle racks.
- Can be cleaned by hand or in a dishwasher.
How to Use
- Wash before each use.
- Screw off lid.
- Fill as needed.
- Screw lid back on.
Cutting 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 is to not cut off the tip, but instead carefully slit the end into two halves with a razor. 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.
When feeding, position the teat as high as a normal mother’s teat, about 9"–12" above the ground.
Why so low? When a young ruminent stretches out its neck to nurse, their esophagus elongates and forms a groove that carries the milk into the 4th stomach (the abomasum).
If the neck is not stretched, the milk falls into the first stomach instead of the 4th. But the first stomach is intended for grass and hay. It doesn’t digest milk well. A first stomach with too much milk enlarges to form a “potbelly”—and the lamb/kid can’t thrive.
- 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 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 imitation teats that they are difficult to use with weak lambs, goat kids or tiny lambs from triplets or quads.
- 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.
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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Marlene A from Nebraska
I found that not all of the lids were interchangeable. Some lids would not tighten up on certain bottles. Also, not all of the Pritchard teats would tighten on some of them. I really like the concept of the bottles, but perhaps mark which lid fits which bottle when you are going to use them.
Cheryl I from Florida
Something in the manufacturing and quality control of these wide mouth bottles has definitely changed since my last purchase. And not for the better! At first I thought the raised numbers on the outside of the bottle would be an improvement over the blue stamped on designation of the past that washed off after repeated use. However it became quickly obvious that the numbers are nearly impossible to see even in optimal lighting. Then there is the issue of the bottles not being molded so they are flat on the bottom. Filling a bottle that rocks while doing so is irritating at best. Lastly, there is the problem of the yellow caps not being threaded properly to connect with the blue top. Twice two week old lambs managed to pull them off spilling the entire bottle of replacer. This was not operator error on my part because I check them each time I fill them. Even when I turn them to be sure they are securely screwed on, I have found that when I pull straight up they pop right off. Plumbers tape around the threads temporarily fixes the problem but has to be renewed often.
Widemouth bottles and Pritchard teats that I’ve ordered in the past did not present these problems. In fact I was thrilled to have found them but not so much now. I’m glad to see that Premier1 has suspended the sale of these bottles until the problems are remedied. I just wish they had made that decision a week earlier before I paid for something that is absolutely annoying to deal with when you have hungry lambs.
Lauren M from Virginia
We’ve used these bottles for a while and have loved them. BUT with this last purchase (5/19), the bottles were flimsy, the side measurements are impossible to read and the lids didn’t fit well.
Alisia P from Wisconsin
This bottle is much more convenient to use than ones I've bought previously. The double lid makes it easy to pour milk or formula powder into the bottle. The measurement marks were in raised plastic so they didn't rub off immediately. And the Pritchard teat is a durable rubber and easily cut to adjust the flow of milk.
Ruth A from Texas
Agree with other recent reviews. Bottom if bottle is rounded and tips easily when trying to fill. If you are trying to feed more than one baby, it is too time consuming messing with all the parts, two lids to screw on and off and a rubber seal that doesn't seem to fit correctly and is constantly falling out. Wide mouth bottle was enticing but if you wash your bottles right away it is not worth the trouble. Bottles that go with the yellow nipples and a funnel work better for us and can be used in the blue bottle racks that attach to fence or panels. Can't read numbers in the bottle they are not marked in black or blue. Just raised plastic. This also costs you time at every feeding.