Wide Mouth Lamb 'N' Kid Feeding Bottle
Improved for 2020! 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.
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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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.
Cheryl I from Florida
The top shelf in our pantry is designated for "bottle baby" supplies. After finding this "top shelf" feeding bottle via an internet search, you can be sure there will always be a few extra of these great bottles tucked up there! Love them and the Pritchard teats for all the same reasons mentioned in other reviews--sturdy, graduated markings, easy to clean, reasonable price and Premier 1 Supplies' great service. Just wish I had found both before I dropped a full glass bottle of sticky lamb replacer on the cement floor of the barn!