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#68765 Help With Feeding

Posted by mildredsmam on 07 March 2019 - 05:11 PM

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#68764 Help With Feeding

Posted by mildredsmam on 07 March 2019 - 05:10 PM

Thanks Sabina.


So if those foods are not good what do you feed at this time of year? Please could you send me some ideas? Do you not feed any shop bought vegetables? The dried food contains nettles, dandelions, marigolds and camomile flowers amongst others. Is this suitable?



Hi Claire,

It does seem a mind field at first and there is a lot of conflicting advice around, you will find the advice on here all the same from different members all experienced keepers, Sue ( wizzasmum) has been keeping tortoises for over 35 years and gives great advice.  :)

The best diet for tortoises is weeds, plants and flowers the only shop bought food to use is Florett crispy salad and this is only for short term use over winter until weeds start to grow, Dandelion is a good feed, but  I would bin any dried food you have as this is not a suitable feed, this book was written by someone who has researched tortoises in the wild and a brilliant book to know what to feed and help you i.d weeds  https://www.facebook...oisePlantsBook/

I look forward to seeing pictures of your new tortoises.  :)

#68760 Cold Frames.

Posted by mildredsmam on 07 March 2019 - 03:35 AM

At the minute both Aldi and Lidl have cold frames in these are great to use in enclosures.  :)


 https://l.facebook.c...bUrnPkU6OvVa_Lv. x

#68758 Time To Check Over Enclosures.

Posted by mildredsmam on 22 February 2019 - 03:43 AM

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 At this time of year as the milder weather is with us it's a good time to check over enclosures to make sure no rogue seeds have got in there and things aren't starting to grow that shouldn't be there before the torts start going out. x 🐢😃

 this is a good place to order seeds from to make sure everything growing in your tortoise enclosure is tortoise friendly. x 

#68728 Constipated?

Posted by mildredsmam on 16 January 2019 - 05:17 PM

Hi welcome to the forum.  :)

Hopefully Sue will be along soon as I think she would be better at giving you an answer especially with medication, just for a little more info what are you feeding them at the minute, also how are they kept i.e substrate/ enclosure. x

#68726 A Brilliant Book.

Posted by mildredsmam on 12 January 2019 - 11:06 AM

This is a brilliant book, a little expensive to buy but worth it. x  :)   https://l.facebook.c...2LWZRteq-sVXUnw

#68714 All New To This, So I Have A Few Qs

Posted by mildredsmam on 30 December 2018 - 03:06 AM

The only other advice i would add to this for anyone who has just got a tortoise or are thinking of getting a tortoise is you can't cut corners with tortoise keeping it's a must that you buy the correct equipment for them to keep them healthy, there is always cheaper products on the market but cost shouldn't come into it, it should be about what's best for the tortoise, at the end of the day you don't want a deformed unhealthy tortoise.  :)

#68711 All New To This, So I Have A Few Qs

Posted by mildredsmam on 26 December 2018 - 05:22 AM

If you are needing a bulb sooner than the 3rd of Jan then the only other bulbs i recommend are the Arcadia D3 basking bulbs you can find these on Swell Reptiles  :)

#68703 Happy Christmas

Posted by mildredsmam on 24 December 2018 - 02:49 AM

We would just like to wish you all a Happy Christmas, and hope you all have a lovely time. x  :santa-dance:


#68702 All New To This, So I Have A Few Qs

Posted by mildredsmam on 24 December 2018 - 02:25 AM

Aww the poor little thing, if it has been treated bad and returned then at least now looks as though it has the perfect home with someone trying to do the best they can for him/her  :)

Regarding heat/uv if you let us know what your using in your set up at the minute we can advise better, if the pet shop has sold you the coil uv bulbs as they do this would need changing as there no good for tortoises. x  :)

#68677 New Here Have A Few Questions

Posted by mildredsmam on 30 November 2018 - 11:44 AM

I did speak to Sonya but she never got back to me when I requested about having one, and plus really its a bit fair it would take two hours to drive there and I dont drive! So Surrey would be best, if like also like a hermann xxx

 Maybe better waiting for someone who you know is a good breeder and is recommended  :) even though you might have to wait some time. x

#68662 New Here Have A Few Questions

Posted by mildredsmam on 26 November 2018 - 03:21 AM

I will do! Im going to a breeder this week to have a look at some Hermann anything I need to look out for? Thank you

Hi Emma,

The hatchlings should be bright eyed and active and have no discharge from the nose or mouth, ask the breeder as many questions as you feel you need to a good breeder will answer them all and take time to make sure your happy and know the hatchling is going to a perfect home.  :)

#68652 New Here Have A Few Questions

Posted by mildredsmam on 24 November 2018 - 02:39 PM

Hi there

Hope everyone is ok and well!

Im getting my first Hermann Tortiose soon but just wanted to make sure I will have the complete right set up, could you please let me know the vitimins I would need and everything for his table? Ive heard so many different things and read so many different things Im worried Ill get it wrong! And whats the best substrate? Thank you so much

Hi Emma,

Welcome to the forum, glad your able to post now.  :)

Sue has given you some brilliant advice just keep asking questions you'll always get good friendly advice here. x  :) 

#68649 Tortoise Tea-Towels.

Posted by mildredsmam on 24 November 2018 - 04:50 AM

These are lovely tea-towels i have one already in green, they would be great to buy one of your tortoise friends for Christmas. x   :santa-dance:   :snowman-2:

#68646 Tortoise Tea-Towels.

Posted by mildredsmam on 21 November 2018 - 03:31 AM

If anyone missed out on teatowels earlier in the year or needs another, BCG has just had another batch. Can be purchased for £6 plus postage from Ann way and money is used to support their 2018 conservation appeal for the sulcata release programme in Africa.

 annway@btinternet.com to order. x 🐢

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