I went through 2 pages of feeding botle calves

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  1. FarmboyBill

    FarmboyBill Well-Known Member Supporter

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    And nobody used a bucket with nipple attached.
    I havnt had a calf since 72, but then I raised 10 and had both bottle and bucket feeders. Is there a preference amongst farmers as to which is best? I cant remember a difference.
     
  2. ShannonR

    ShannonR hillbilly farmgirl

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    Bill,

    I like to start mine out on a bottle, get them drinking well and then when they start eating more than a pint or two at a time and are taking the bottle every time I graduate them to a bucket with a nipple.
     
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  3. FarmboyBill

    FarmboyBill Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I still have a bucket for a nipple.
     
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  4. hiddensprings

    hiddensprings Well-Known Member

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    I preferred a bottle but my vet always wanted me to get them on a bucket; no nipple, just drinking from a bucket. He said they were less likely to get sick.....I still preferred the bottle..maybe its a girl thing. ;)
     
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    We bucket feed the smart ones and bottle feed the "window lickers" lol
     
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  6. haypoint

    haypoint Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Individual bottles insure each calf gets their allotted amount. A bucket is easier, if you want to feed several calves from one container, but it is still easier to hook several bottles and feed all at once.