Wide Mouth Lamb 'N' Kid Feeding Bottle
Easy to clean, wide-mouth plastic bottle for feeding orphan lambs or goat kids.
- O-Ring in blue cap fits more securely. The result is fewer O-Rings lost.
- Plastic material has been changed to increase transparency. Expect better visibility of liquid contents and fewer misshapen/wobbly bottles.
- Both Pritchard Teat styles—those with washers and those without—can be used without leaking.
- Printed ink measurements have been re-added, but may still wear off over time. Embossed measurements can be found on the opposite side.
Use a bottle rack to allow lambs and goat kids to self-feed.
- 16 oz or 500 ml.
- Mouth opening: 2" diameter
- 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.
Shepherd’s Choice™ Management TipDo NOT cut off the tip!Instead carefully slit the outer end of tip into two halves with a razor, scalpel or very sharp scissors. The halves should snap together and help self-seal the end of teat when not in use.
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 ruminant 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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Tom B from Utah
So why would anyone buy one of these rather than using an empty DC bottle? If you've used the pop bottles, you know that only an empty Fiji water bottle works well with the Pritchard Teats and they are hard to clean. I ordered a couple of these bottles and I am sold! You can milk right into the bottle for newborns, you can wash them easily, they handle the microwave oven and they hold enough milk to do a pair of twins early on. These are well worth the investment!
Jessica H from Iowa
Love these bottles—very easy to fill and clean with the wide mouths. We had fewer spills filling them, and it was so easy to really scrub them out. Just bought a few more!
Kelly W from Missouri
Bottles are easy to fill and clean. Definitely had a break in period/learning curve with the screw on lids. They cross thread VERY easily and take several tries to get the lid seated. Better after some use, but still double check the lids before using for feeding...otherwise there is a waterfall of milk from the bottle. Since I figured out the trick with them I will order more. Definitely nicer than soda bottles.
Kimberly T from Texas
Seals nicely with no leaks. Transition was easy from a human baby bottle nipple to these. Wider mouth makes it easy to clean the bottle. The nipples do not leak and instructions were easy to follow on how to make the nipple flow.
Karen S from Texas
The Pritchard nipples work fine, but I’m very disappointed in the bottles. I find the wide mouth lid difficult not to cross screw, which means milk comes pouring out when you turn the bottle upside down to feed. Also, I dropped one of the filled bottles on my kitchen floor, and the bottle split open. I haven’t had this problem with other brands.