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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Patsy T from Kentucky
I just received the new bottles in the last few weeks. I was impressed when I started using them but after about 2 weeks I'm not totally pleased. The bottles aren't as clear as they once were, the blue writing is already fading, the blue top is very particular about how it is screwed on, and the yellow teat cap sometimes will keep turning around after it is screwed on. So far I've managed to spill 4 bottles of milk all over myself and my kitchen sink from the blue top not being screwed on just right and the teat cap sometimes becomes loose and leaks and will start turning around on the blue cap. I believe the original bottle was better even though the wide mouth does eliminate not having to use a funnel to fill. Sometimes an "improved product" isn't so wonderful. However, I will continue to use the bottles since that is what is available.
Ann R from Wyoming
Love the wider top for filling and cleaning and the screw on top. However, one of the bottles I got had a bulged out bottom and won't stand up on it's own. I have to stand it in a cup. Also my lambs don't like the teats. I am able to stretch my pop bottle teats over the screw on top tops.
Donna & Paige B from Alabama
I have the old and new version of these bottles. I purchased a few more a couple of weeks ago. We really like these bottles. I like that the measurements are both printed and raised. We also like the wide mouth and the easy clean up. The printing does fade after repeated washing which is expected, however it seems to happen more quickly on the newer version.
Kathleen W from Nebraska
Love these bottles, easy to clean, only flaw is lettering on side with ounces is coming off already, only had 2 weeks.
Aaron E from Iowa
Nice bottles. Easier to clean and work with than old pop bottles. The printed measurements are already wearing off after only a couple weeks use.