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Posted: 17/07/2013 by jue

hiya ....my female horsefield has taken to burrying all day and night under a bush she is not eating and occasionaly passes poo when bathed......anyone any ideas she hasbeen doing this for over a week now she hasnt lost any weight....she is over 20years my other torts are not doing this ....so wondered if anyone can help?

Re: help
Posted: 17/07/2013 by Tom

It's to escape the heatwave - a process known as "aestivation." Quite normal.
Horsfields burrow anyway, don't they?

All torts must have access to shade, as they have no cooling system.
Regards
Tom

Re: help
Posted: 19/07/2013 by jue

hiya tom, thanks for reply ....do you have any ideas why the other torts i have do not do this they are horsefields as well.... i have had this one for 20 years and this is a first.....cheers jue

Re: help
Posted: 19/07/2013 by jue

hiya tom, thanks for reply ....do you have any ideas why the other torts i have do not do this they are horsefields as well.... i have had this one for 20 years and this is a first.....cheers jue

Re: help
Posted: 19/07/2013 by jue

sorry meant to say they do have shaded areas and warm spots they also have free range to a very secure garden with weeds aplenty and hutches ........thanks jue

Re: help
Posted: 24/07/2013 by Tom

Hello Jue,
I regret the delay, away for a few days. Assuming you have had the high temps where you live - I'm sure your other Horsfields have spent much of the day in shade, though not buried. They are lucky to have a nice garden with shade & houses.
It's sad that so many torts are kept in wickedly small pens, thanks to stupid advice from the pet trade.
Regards
Tom

Re: help
Posted: 26/07/2013 by jue

hi tom yes i try my best for them but was very confused why one decided to bury herself for such a long time she is still uninteresed in staying up ....im bathing her daily and the weather isnt too hot the others are active and eating well so very unusual i must say.....thanks for your interest jue

 

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