Wide Mouth Lamb 'N' Kid Feeding Bottle
Easy to clean, wide-mouth plastic bottle for feeding orphan lambs or goat kids.
A creative bottle system that works!
- Secure O-Ring inside the blue cap. The black O-Ring now fits more securely than earlier versions. The result is fewer O-Rings lost.
- Better Visibility. Plastic material has been changed to increase transparency. Expect better visibility of liquid contents and fewer misshapen/wobbly bottles.
- Fits most Pritchard Teats. Both Pritchard Teat styles—those with washers and those without—can be used without leaking.
- Readable Measurements. Printed ink measurements on one side. Molded graduations on the opposite side.
Use a bottle rack to allow lambs and goat kids to self-feed.
- 16 oz (500 mL)
- Mouth opening: 2" diameter
- Bottle: 8-1/4"H x 2-3/4" diameter
- Bottle with teat: 9-3/4"H
- Microwavable. (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 with a brush 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 to use this system?
- To supplement mother’s milk for newborns. A ewe’s full milk flow does not kick in until after lambing. If a ewe is short of milk immediately post-lambing we supplement the lambs (still with the ewe) with milk or colostrum via bottle.
- As an alternative orphan feeding system. How? Provide milk in bottles instead of buckets for 3 weeks.
- Feed 3 times per day.
- Drop bottles into bottle rack. Leave in place while you finish chores.
- Return and remove bottles. Many lambs become bored and chew on empty nipples.
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.
Helpful hints for Pritchard Teats:
- 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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Loretta F from Arkansas
For one reason or another, I end up bottle feeding a few kids each kidding season. I like the Pritchard nipples, and those provided with these bottles are the genuine Pritchard nipples - SO superior to the knock-offs available elsewhere, which have plastic rather than latex nipples. The wide-mouth bottles are also a boon to the busy goat keeper, as they are much, much easier to clean than pop bottles. I would definitely recommend these to others!
Victor F from Illinois
We have both bottles old and new wide mouth. Love wide mouth better easy to clean!!
Peg & Paul D from Wisconsin
We are testing the new bottles along with our old ones. I am the bottle cleaner and like the new ones. However the chief bottle feeder says they are not calibrated the same as the old ones and doesn't like them as much. Also the black gasket in the lid for one of them is always coming out. From what I can see, it seems to be different than the one in the other bottle which is staying in.
Debra C from New York
SOOOOO Happy to finally have the wide mouth bottles available. SO easy now to make sure the bottle is clean and safe for our babies!
Michael & Tracy R from West Virginia
Just in case anyone was wanting to know how much they hold, it's 16oz. Much more sturdy than water or pop bottles nowadays. Easier to clean too. Love ours.