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#1 Guest_Hettie_*

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 09:32 PM

Well it's far from finished but the little guys have moved outside!

We put breeze blocks down so that no-one would bury under the paving stones.

We still have electrical work to do and a sink to plumb in.

Still a window to go in here.

This will be the late autumn place to hang out, we still have to cut an opening and make an outside garden. This will be very small and basic this year.

Hettie doesn't do change!

Meet the babies Hettie!!

Still keeping her eye on them as she is followed, they have all slept together since going in, everyone still unsure. Hopefully they will settle soon!!

Paula x

#2 Guest_jackiedots_*

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 10:09 PM

Wow Paula !!!!!! Just as I expected..............absolutely brilliant work. Your lucky, lucky tortoises will have the life of Riley there. I think it is amazing !!!


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Posted 30 June 2010 - 10:33 PM

Hi Paula,I must say your tort .enclosure is really coming on. It looks like a 5 Star Hotel for torts. he he!!!It's going to look fantastic when it's finished!!!Congrats. again!!! :D Freddy :D

#4 Guest_Robink_*

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 01:38 PM

Paula!! WOW< That is amasing enclosure, and how the little one's have grown. :wub: It wont take them to long to settle in. :)

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 04:14 PM

A really fantastic job !! They are lucky little creatures.You've probably already talked about this before I joined but do you mind me asking what happened to Hettie ? Did she get injured somehow ? But whatever it was, she certainly seems well now !!!Lovely tortoises with a lovely home ... :) M

#6 Guest_brucefairweather_*

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 04:26 PM

good for you and your little shelled ones.they will soon lern to love it as we all do!!

#7 Guest_Hettie_*

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 05:36 PM

Awww thanks for your kind comments guys, still a lot to do, bushes and grasses to plant, but at least they are in!Hi M, The grey bits you can see on Hettie are epoxy resin, (a filler) When my hubby bought her from a pet shop as a surprise for my 40th we were both novices and didnt recognise the slighty different markings as shell rot, she was also riddled with worms, had an eye infection. :( I started reading tinternet and took her to the local vet, unfortunately he was not a specialist but looked up shell rot and started to treat her for it. I found a new vet and he referred Hettie to a brilliant vet (John Chitty) in Andover. He cut out the shell rot and filled it with the resin. Her kidneys were not working properly and he gave her intense water therapy to 'kick start' them again.Apparently the resin will crack and eventually come away as the shell grows underneath, but that was 2 years ago now and there is no sign of cracking. I could get a straight forward test done to see how her kidneys are functioning... but I don't think I could handle it if I was told bad news, so she remains a very quiet tort but fingers crossed she will be around for a long time! :unsure: Hopefully her new home will make things better! :D Paula x

#8 Guest_gail69_*

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 07:19 PM

So Paula

are you planning to do the washing up in the tort house, just so you can still see them. LOL. What a great set up.

I Have to say my two have been outside for about a month now, and they still prefer to stay in the wendy house than venture outside into their garden. But i leave the door open just in case, and turf them out if I am going to be at home for a while.

You really do have lucky torts. And to say you didn't know much about tortoises when you had Hettie, her shell is lovely and smooth. Well done you and Hubby.


#9 Guest_italytors_*

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 07:39 PM

Hi Paula,Thanks for filling me in. What an awful experience ..... for the tortoise and for you ! :( Thank heavens you eventually found the right vet to help her out. She is a lucky tortoise now !! As for the kidney functions, I would be like you and would trying to avoid going through it all if possible ..... for both of your sakes !! But she does look well in the photos you posted so if the stress of the vet's is avoidable why put her throught it. You have done wonderful work..... on Hettie and her mansion-enclosure :wub: A big hug to both of you. :) M xx

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 08:12 PM

Aww thanks guys :blush: Hettie does have a lovely smooth shell. Baby Bailey has a slightly bumpy one, but he is fed an all weed/plant diet and has slow growth, has been bathed almost daily since we got him, and yet Baby Boo kept in the same way is smooth???? They do differ when eating though, Bailey just scoffs what ever is in front of him whereas Boo will sniff and choose. :) I don't know when I shall stop calling them the babies.... they are 3 this month, Boo is 60g and Bailey 78g.Paula xx

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 08:40 PM

Wow! Paula, I think you definatley have the best tortie house in the country!!!!! They are so lucky!!!! All look beautiful as ever :wub:

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