Wide Mouth Lamb 'N' Kid Feeding Bottle
Easy to clean, wide-mouth plastic bottle for feeding orphan lambs or goat kids.
Use a bottle rack to allow lambs and goat kids to self-feed.
- 16 oz or 500 ml.
- 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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Marilyn B from Washington
Love these for feeding the kids. Wish we had discovered them 4 years ago!
Niki S from Pennsylvania
I really wanted to like these bottles but I hate them. I thought the fact that they would be easier to clean would be great. Frankly that is the only thing they have going for them. First that raised ounce measurement on the side is useless. You can't tell how much you have poured in very easily. The others are marked in blue so you can easily see. Second these are made of very cheap plastic material, I do not think they will last. My other premier bottles I have had for years and years. Third, I have small hands and these bottles just feel awkward to me. So no I wouldn't recommend this bottle unless you have no other option and I would prefer it if Premier brought back the old style bottle they used to sell.
Mountain L from Washington
I loved your old bottles and would love you to bring them back! Here is why I don't like the wide mouthed bottles: the o ring falls out and gets lost and is awkward to put together; the size is much harder for storage; the wide bottles don't fit in my "speed feeders" (bottle holders) my brother made me; prefer to hold the narrower bottle in my hand, takes up way more room in dishwasher and too many parts to manage and put together. The old style bottle was perfect for us. I just used a funnel to fill, rinsed quickly post-use and cleaned in dishwasher, easy. Please bring back your 16 oz skinnier bottle for those of us that loved them (we currently are bottle raising over 80 kids and more on the way).
Denstar F from Kentucky
Guess I am the unlucky one judging from the other reviews. I bought 4. In all cases, the "O"-Ring falls to the barn floor when the Blue-Cap is turns to its right-side-up position. You may draw you own conclusions about what problems this causes. We lost one of the O-Rings. I found a local newspapers rubber band worked fairly, well and never falls out.
Item #2, I simply can't read the embossed numbers which go up the side ... under most lighting conditions in the lambing jugs anyway ... and in the kitchen, it takes a little finagling to get the overhead lights to reflect correctly which then makes the numbers legible.
John I from Missouri
Works great. Wish they had a screw on cap to shake without using the nipple. Will definitely purchase again if needed.