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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Rita S from Arkansas
So far I’m loving these! Being able to put them in the dishwasher is a huge labor saver. And I know a lot of people use soda bottles but that’s not really sanitary b/c the type of plastic used in soda bottles can’t be effectively disinfected. (Plus we don’t really drink that much soda, lol!) I also like that I can use my Pritchard nipples that I already had. Agree with the other reviewers that the threading of the screw on caps could be improved but still works, just need to fidget it around a little.
Joan S from Iowa
I like the size. The nipples aren't cut and ready to go. I read the two suggestions of how to cut them, but struggled to be able to cut through the rubber. I ended up having to cut the tip off, which I didn't want to do. Then when I tried it with my lambs they wouldn't drink from it. And the milk just ran right out. I have been using baby bottles and the nipples that fit them. I will stick with that. I think if the nipples weren't so flimsy and pre-cut, it would be a more successful product.
Heather S from Kentucky
These bottles have saved a lot of time; also are proving to be very durable.
Diane W from Missouri
I like these bottles. I got a few to try out with the hangers and I like them. So far the numbers haven’t rubbed off and if they do, the measurements are imprinted on the other side which is nice.
Bobbi H from Washington
These bottles work great when you have multiple kids that need to eat at once you can add it to a bottle holder and let them self feed. These bottles have a wider opening and it makes them much easier to clean.
Not sure why this batch feels like the blue part that screws onto the bottle is miss threaded making it more difficult to connect.