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#1 pompeypoole

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 03:11 PM

One of this year's Hatchlings is up and running again after 7 weeks Fridge hibernation. She weighed 19g when she went in and 19g when she came out this morning. 6 months old. Gave her a bath, once she was fully awake, and had a drink and a wee (her not me). She is now all clean and started eating already - 2nd photo.

She has a lovely smooth shell and I am convinced that she has benefited from being Fridge hibernated.

To those of you thinking of using a Fridge for hibernation - Go for it👍

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 03:18 PM

Well done on doing one so small, hopefully it will give others the confidence to do the same ;)

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 03:50 PM

Well done, as Sue said hopefully this will make others think about hibernating hatchlings, my hatchlings will go down in a couple more days. :)



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Posted 18 December 2015 - 07:48 PM

Mine will go down after Xmas for eight weeks. It will be different without them that's for sure!

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 10:13 AM

Hi can I please ask how long a wind down period you did? Please see my posts in Help are my tortoises trying to hibernate' and you'll see my concerns. I am inspired by your post but don't want to mess this up. Thanks so much, Brenda

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 04:34 PM

Hey
for youngsters id do a 3week wind down but thats just my opinion
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Posted 22 December 2015 - 04:47 PM

Hi can I please ask how long a wind down period you did? Please see my posts in Help are my tortoises trying to hibernate' and you'll see my concerns. I am inspired by your post but don't want to mess this up. Thanks so much, Brenda

I can't help,I'm new myself. I can only point you at people like matt, sue and karen, these are the people who have advised me well.

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 06:39 PM

Hi can I please ask how long a wind down period you did? Please see my posts in Help are my tortoises trying to hibernate' and you'll see my concerns. I am inspired by your post but don't want to mess this up. Thanks so much, Brenda


It depends on size. Tiny hatchlings around 16 - 18 days wind down would be fine, juveniles would need three weeks and adults four weeks. The key is with the tortoises health and history though, so if in doubt, don't.

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 11:41 PM

Ok thanks so much all of you. I will aim to do a 3 week wind down and keep a close eye on them. I'll also contact my breeder again and take his advice. If I've any concerns then I'll not put them down. I'll let you know how I get on. x

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Posted 08 January 2016 - 03:14 PM

The hatchling in the picture had 16 days. I recommend bathing everyday and once they stop passing poo you know they are ready.

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Posted 08 January 2016 - 03:28 PM

I also had some 18 month old's that have just finished an 8 week Fridge hibernation.
Wind down for these was 21 days. So a little bit longer.

Pre and post hibernation results,
Tort 1 - started 30g, finished 30g
Tort 2 - started 35g, finished 35g
Tort 3 - started 27g, finished 27g
Tort 4 - started 35g, finished 34g

So just one lost a fraction of its starting weight.
All doing well and starting to put weight back on.

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Posted 08 January 2016 - 04:43 PM

And here are 3 of them all dirty after being weighed post hibernation and a pic of them after a bath.

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