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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Larry J from Arkansas
The bottle has raised lettering on the level. The wide mouth makes it easy to clean and fill.
The only down side is the nipples. even cutting the very tip, they sill leak pretty easy. A few do not but most do. I wish they had nipples like they do for the buckets, with slits already made when you get them. I would pay a little extra for good nipples. These still are one of the best bottles on the market in my opinion.
Malati S from North Carolina
So far I have been super happy with this. It has a vent so the lamb doesn’t suck all the air out of the bottle and crush it. It’s been very durable and even held up with an older ewe that got her teeth on it and swung it around. My only complaint is that the nipple does not come precut and even my sharp box knife had trouble making a clean cut. Easy to clean and read the measurements on the side. Would recommend!
Allen M from Wisconsin
Simply a GREAT small investment!
Thank you for the improvements made to the raised numbers on the side. Our bottles from 3 years ago are starting to wear off the printed numbers. This improvement makes for a more accurate measurement when the goat kids are little. I also find it helpful that the printed numbers are still on the outside as well.
The plastic is heavy enough to handle being dropped in the -12°F weather and do not shatter or crack. It probably helped that there was warm milk in it.
I did buy some generic nipples in a pinch and they just do not hold up to Pritchard teats. Always buy as a whole set and get a few extra o-rings to have on hand. The rings can get lost if you rinse the bottles out in the barn very easily.
I will be getting more soon to have multiple sets because our Spring / early summer kidding season will be our largest number bred to date. It's worth having more than one set of the Pritchard teats as well. We have smaller openings for our newborns up to two weeks and then a bigger opening for the little bit older group. Works great for us.
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!