These are the original Pritchard nipples from New Zealand.
this is a very good item for lambs and kids...don't make the opening too big or they will choke and get pneumonia and die....2 liter bottles are far too unwieldy to use, i use an empty thoroughly cleaned plastic rubbing alcohol bottle that is about 2/3 of a quart and it works very well
"easy to use"
I tried another nipple that was supposed to screw on a soda bottle, impossible to get onto the bottle without someone else to hold it. The pritchard nipples are easy to use and my lambs take them great.
In response to the folks who can't get the nipples to flow, just cut a tiny bit off the tip of the nipple and it works fine. We use these only for our Nubian kids as the other types are too thick to enable suckling easily.
I simply can't figure these nipples out. I've purchased so many now and when you first get them there is NO FLOW! I have made tiny holes in the end and still no flow. Then I've made slightly larger holes in the tip and the milk just flows freely so the goat doesn't have to suckle, just sit there and let the milk flow in! I tried poking a paper clip through the air hole and a metal ball few out and milk flowed then from the nipple end and the air hold and milk went all over the place. I'm really stuck with how to get these things to deliver milk only when the goat suckles on it and not just from tipping the bottle upside down. Any suggestions!
We've used these nipples for years for bottle feeding our nigerian dwarf kids. From newborn to weaning, we've never found a better nipple. Love the fact that it works so well for newborns and doesn't choke them.
We have found this to be the best nipple out there for feeding newborn kids. They accept the nipple faster than others. Milk flow is more even, and don't choke as easily as with other nipples we have tried.
"Great for weak/newborn kids!"
These are excellent for newborn or weak kids, as they cannot latch onto the thicker or stiff ones very well in the beginning. Have used these for many years and will continue to! Snip the smallest amount off the tip that you possibly can for the milk to flow out, do not take too much off! If you take too much off the milk will flow too fast and it can asperate into the lungs.
i have used these nipples for the last 6 years and like them but have a terrible time cutting the tips off to make the milk flow evenly - any tips?
These nipples are the best for your orphans. Other brands were inferior. Will buy again. Thank you.
"Lifesaver for us!"
Our Nubian kids could not latch onto the heavier nipples, these saved our 6 kids! Thanks so much for having them available!
I have tried these nipples for 3 years and have only gotten frustrated trying to put them in the babies mouths. They are not firm enough to work with while teaching a kidd to take a bottle. I am throwing them away this year.
"Always on hand"
I keep Soay sheep which are a pretty small breed. Though they tend to be VERY good mothers, a couple of times I've been surprised suddenly with a tiny, squirming bottle baby. For such tiny little mouths, this is the only teat I've been able to get them to nurse on. I've never had problems with the little ball falling out when I wash them... perhaps I've just been lucky?
"Great for premies!"
These are great for slow or early goat kids. Be careful on how much you snip off the end to start - start small, and then take little bits until you get to the right size hole. The downside to these are that you have to keep an eye on the little ball in the valve hole when you are cleaning them.
"Wonderful for goats"
We use this all the time for bottle kids. I love the fact that it's soft but yet durable to withstand the abuse the kids give it. Just make sure you have the soda bottle that works and won't leak. Different brands have different tops.
I have tried all types of nipples on our nigerian dwarf kids, and the pritchard nipple is the only one that the kids will nurse from. The air hole allows constant flow for the kid while they are feeding. Great product.