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Mike et al

Member Since 01 Sep 2013
Offline Last Active Mar 08 2015 07:45 AM
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In Topic: Worried About 1St Hibernation

02 March 2015 - 05:59 PM

Great advice Sue, I'll certainly follow your method, it makes a lot of sense to bring them around gently.

I was looking at the various posts but there wasn't much advice about waking them up, thought it best to check and be sure to do it the best way.

Thanks again,

Mike

In Topic: Worried About 1St Hibernation

01 March 2015 - 05:22 PM

Thanks Sue, you say you are starting to get yours up, what process do you go through to wake them up and get them up and running? Is it just a matter of warm baths, basking lamp and offering food and water? Do I increase the amount of basking light gradually or just go back to the original duration before wind down?

Despite some initial reservations I must say using the fridge method seemed to work fine, I'll be a lot more confident next time.

Mike

In Topic: Worried About 1St Hibernation

28 February 2015 - 04:40 PM

I thought a quick update may be of interest to those who gave some invaluable advice. The wind down went well right to the end, I was checking their weights daily and all seemed fine so they went into the fridge as planned. The fridge I had was a drinks cooler and although the temperature was pretty consistent it just wasn't low enough as it was around 9C.
I managed to pick up a table top fridge for £10 and it was perfect a steady 5C +\- 0.5C.

I've been weighing them weekly as its my first hibernation, and theirs but it's me I'm more worried about! They've lost no weight and their little legs and heads move ever so slightly when I weigh them so all seems fine, no sign of any poop or wee (I'm not sure I'd spot wee as they are on damp soil but as they've lost no weight I think it's safe to say they haven't).

They still have another 2 weeks of the target 8 weeks, I may make it 3 weeks if all is well as I'm away when they are due to come out although my wife will be here I want to be there for the exciting wake up. Their table is all cleaned up ready for them, I've replaced the soil and have some more B&Q soil and play sand to mix for the fresh soil.

It will be a relief when they wake up and we get them back again, we've missed them a lot.

Mike

In Topic: Worried About 1St Hibernation

13 January 2015 - 08:22 PM

Thanks for that Sue, it actually ended up nearer 15c even overnight, thought it was cooler than that but in any case I've brought them back into a warmer room, 20c it is now as suggested.

Appreciate your advice.

Mike

In Topic: Worried About 1St Hibernation

12 January 2015 - 06:07 PM

Thanks Chris, SueBoyle,for your excellent advice which I'll certainly follow, i know the questions are probably the same ones everyone asks when going through the preparation for your tortoises first hibernation but its good get reassurance i'd be gutted if anything happened to them.
Dougal and Toto's weight loss has slowed right down which I'm assuming is because everything in their guts is now out, I've reduced the background temperature to between 10 and 15c and they are spending most of their time asleep. They are still getting a tepid bath each day.
My fridge has stabilised at 7.5c hopefully that's ok for them.

Mike