We've had a lot of comments about our photo on the header of our webpage. This is a picture of 10 Alpine kids having breakfast on a Lambar Bucket. Lambar Buckets allow you to feed up to 10 kids in 15 minutes, including cleanup! All of our bottle-raised kids are started on a bottle at birth and moved to the lambar bucket between 3 and 7 days depending on their size and well....smarts :).
Kids are started on colostrum fed in a Pepsi bottle with a Pritchard Nipple (red and yellow screw on nipple). Why Pepsi? It is not a ploy in the Pepsi/Coke wars, we have just found that Pepsi still makes their plastic bottles with deeper threads so it doesn't leak milk from where the nipple screws on. Coke, in an effort to save the planet one thread at a time has shortened their threads to save on plastic. They leak.
By day 3 kids are moved to a grey lambar nipple on top of said Pepsi bottle. Once they recognize that the lambar nipple is a food source, they can be converted over to the lambar bucket.
Sometimes to make the conversion to the lambar bucket, you have to open the kids mouth, shove them onto the nipple on the bucket and hold them on it until they start to suck. Once the milk hits their mouth, smart kids will have the idea. Some kids are a little thick and require you put them on to the lambar for a day or so.
You can even free feed kids by putting milk in the bucket in the morning, drop in a frozen ice pack and let them free feed on the cold milk all day. The cold milk encourages little snacks throughout the day instead of them gorging on warm milk.
4-5 gallon white plastic bucket with removable lid.
5/8" spade drill bit
10 lambar nipples
10 - 1 foot sections of 1/4" clear tubing
About 3-4 inches down from the top of the bucket (or just below the plastic molded ring that is on many buckets), measure around and mark ten spots evenly spaced apart. Drill out ten holes with the 5/8" spade bit. Pull the lambar nipples through each hole so just the nipple extends out. Attach sections of clear tubing to the back of each nipple so that they reach the bottom of the bucket to act as "straws".
All supplies except the nipples can be found at any hardware store. The nipples can be ordered online at Jeffers Supply, enasco.com or purchased locally at Enterprise Health Foods in the livestock/pet health section.