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#1 Guest_james14_*

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Posted 18 September 2005 - 10:14 AM

Hello All,

After owning tortoises for many years I have decided I would like to breed horesfields. I would like to do allot of research before I commit myself to anything.

I have a few questions, please can you help?

What kind of setup would I need?
Do I need a license, and if so where do I apply for one?
Which is the easist specie to breed?
When breeding, what do you actually have to do?

Thanks in advance

Craig and the shelled mob!
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Posted 18 September 2005 - 01:03 PM

Hello Craig
Go to this site then come back with any questions OK
http://www.thetortoisehouse.com
http://www.tortoiset...russiantort.htm
Arnie

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Posted 18 September 2005 - 04:53 PM

Thanks for the links, very helpfull.

I cant find an answers to;

How old does a tortoise have to be to start breeding...?

Thanks, Craig

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Posted 18 September 2005 - 09:07 PM

Hello Craig
About 12 years+. A fast grown tortoise can start laying before this, but it's not reccomended, they maybe large on the outside but inside they are still imature, it can cause medical problems.
Russians don't lay many eggs sometimes only 2 in a batch, but they can lay upto 3 times in a season, but the eggs are larger and whilst a Hermann or a Ibera can lay 6 eggs the hatchlings weigh about 10/12 grams on hatching, a Russian can weigh in excess of 15grams
Arnie

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Posted 18 September 2005 - 10:26 PM

Hello

I take it you breed?
If you do, please could you let me know what kind of setup you have?
Thanks, Craig

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Posted 19 September 2005 - 07:20 AM

Hello Craig
I have a nest site in my green house, about 2' square and 1' deep filled with soft soil that is kept moist at all times during most of the Summer, this spot is mounded up, above this is a pig lamp 250 watts about 18" from the ground, whether it's luck I don't know, but the females always lay the eggs in this area.
The incubator is the same as on the web site of The Tortoise House, I have had no problems hatching healthy babies in it with a good success rate
Arnie

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Posted 19 September 2005 - 03:48 PM

Arnie,

Do you know where I could get a breeding pair of hermanns or horsefield from?
If you wish to email me that fine:
craig@ajones18.wanadoo.co.uk

Thanks for your help, much appricated
Craig

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 03:58 PM

You are asking for gold, but look on the Slowcoach site, they sometimes come up
http://www.slowcoach.org.uk/
Arnie

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 10:40 PM

another gold digger wanting to make a fast buck ?
It is also important to note that in most cases some or all of the eggs from the first clutch of eggs might be infertile.. and the same goes for nearly all reptiles

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Posted 21 September 2005 - 09:37 AM

Hi

Im 15, and just want to breed as a hobby, not for money!!
Do you breed?

Thanks, Craig

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Posted 21 September 2005 - 05:10 PM

just don't forget about the needs and requirements of the new lives you bring into this world and if you could spare a thought for their future the world would be a better place.. un-housed and un-loved reptiles is all far to common place these days, iguana's are the worst people just don't understand how the loveable little green thing turns into a 6ft bad tempered food and time consuming monster. I have 2 eggs hatching anytime now i can see their little shadows running around the inside of the eggs meaning it will be today or 2morrow, but i have a tank to transfer then to and when they are big and strong enough new owners await who will provide everything they need. Breeding is rewarding just as long as it is for the right reasons and you do your homework and have everything ready BEFORE you start trying..

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Posted 21 September 2005 - 06:42 PM

This is why I am asking questions, before I go into breeding.
I breed rabbits, and I care deeply that they get the things they need, and I will go out of my way to ensure they are happy and healthy, and I will be exactly the same when breeding tortoises.

When you say you have a tank to transffer them to, is this a viviaruim??

I am not going to breed for profit, as I know that breeding any animal, is non-profit making. Unless you are charging stupid prices.

If you dont mind me asking, what do you charge?

Kind regards, Craig :)

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Posted 21 September 2005 - 10:18 AM

Hello David,
Gold diggers, Yes there are one or two about.
But on saying this I refer to the people that breed for the love of the animal, Unless it's done on a big scale, add up the vets bills the food costs and most of all the elctric bills there isn't a lot of gold left, just the satisfaction that some one is caring and loving the animal that you bred and one less will be taken from the wild
Arnie




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