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#1 Maria

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 05:06 PM

Oh I'm pickiing up my two babies tomorrow. Also getting all the lights, enclosure, and stuff.
The are about 8 months old.
So my question is
If the a fact sheet with list of good n bad food?
I will raid the gardens of the houses that are getting demolished next week. Never thought I'd be picking dandelions x

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 05:16 PM

hi have a look around the forum theres alot of pics and info to help have a look on here http://www.thetortoi...oise_home_1.asp hope that helps :)

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 09:52 PM

Thanks. I'm excited but also a little scared that I will do it wrong. Going weed hunting in the morning to get some supplies.
One question...for now.....
How much should I feed my babies?

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 04:00 AM

hi maria at this age they wont need alot as a guide most people say enough food to cover the size of the tortoises shell.
you want to weigh your torts and keep a dairy with how much they weighed then check again in a couple of weeks,they want to be gaining about 2/3g a month any more and your over feeding a bit.
you want them to grow slow and smooth :)
looking forward to seeing pics of your new babies :thumbup:

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 07:24 AM

Thanks for advice. Today's the day......roll on 4 pm x

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 10:06 PM

Hi Maria,

It is a worry to get a mixed diet for the little guys. I found the best way was to learn a couple of new weeds at a time, you will soon learn plenty. The lists are good but contain so many and if you don't know which are in season just now... well it makes it all the harder.
Plantain is all over the place where I am just now and it is one of the easiest to identify. There is broadleaf plantain and slenderleaf plantain, both are really good torty food. You could use google images for lots of pictures of them or perhaps try the link above that Karen posted?
Also to be found just now include: clover, common mallow, catsear.


Paula x

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 06:53 PM

Looking forward to seeing photo's of your new baby horsefields :) i have three horsefields and they are great,they are excellent climbers and diggers, brilliant escape artists :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
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