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#1 Hellymack

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 10:31 AM

Hi All

 

Im starting to get into a bit of a panic - this is the 3rd hibernation for George with me but the first year I have used the fridge method.

 

He went into the fridge in a box of topsoil 2 weeks ago - temps have been kept between 6-9 degrees and I have 2 sets of thermometers checking them so I know they have been kept low.

 

I have just checked on him today and he's moving around and still awake!!

 

What do I do?? I wanted to get him out and weight him today to check he was settled but now im worried - why has he not gone to sleep - this never happened using the box method and I thought the fridge would be easier and more consistent!!

 

Please help as I am baffled and worried

 

Thanks

 

Helen



#2 mildredsmam

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 11:27 AM

Hi Helen,

When you say he's awake, is he fully awake or just moving around a little, has he been to sleep then woke or been awake all the time.

I think your temperatures are too high the fridge needs to be cooler more around 5 degrees. :)



#3 Hellymack

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 12:14 PM

Yes he is full on awake!! looking at me - I feel awful  :(

 

I will turn the temp down further 

 

I will keep you posted



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Posted 14 November 2015 - 01:40 PM

Your temps are far too high hellymack. 9 degrees is above the trigger for them waking from hibernation. You need to get your temps from 3 degrees to just over 5. Once he is fully asleep it won't hurt if they rise to 6 or7 temporarily, but keep an eye on them going higher.

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 03:29 PM

Thanks Sue - ive got them down to 5.5 and the temp's still falling and he's settled back down so will keep them lower - hopefully that will sort it!!






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