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nutter's enclosure
Posted: 14/01/2010 by angel

please could you give any comments of advice on nutter's enclosure and set up what you all think if you all think everything is where it should be or if its not all opinions very welcomed and appreciated o and a lovely pic of the gorgeous tort him/her self

Re: nutter's enclosure
Posted: 14/01/2010 by VivTPG

Ahh your tort looks lovely!Click and drag me down to the editor  Your rabbit cage looks really good, they only suggestions I have is that the substrate is not suitable for torts.  We recommend a mix of play sand and top soil (you can get both from B&Q quite cheap), this is the most natural substrate that they encounter in the wild, you can make it quite deep so that nutter can bury down in it at night.

Also, you could add some large stones/pebbles around the water bowl, this stops the substrate going into the water and stops the tort getting covered in soil when he comes out of the water, the stones also add a different area to walk on giving him some exercise trying clamber over them!!  I also put slate in to put the food on, when he eats off it the slate will keep his beak trim.

Hope this helps, but well done you are doing a great job!Click and drag me down to the editor

Regards Vivienne

Re: nutter's enclosure
Posted: 14/01/2010 by Clairestortoise

Hi Angel, Im pleased you got yourself another :) Nutter looks lovely! Hope you have many many years with Nutter. How old is Nutter? did you say that Nutter is a Spur? Set up looks great, although im not sure what substrate you are using. I use Homebase Topsoil, comes in a big bag 3.99. Hope you enjoy getting to know your little one :) My little Teddy is really coming out of her "shell" hehe, she really is! She bit me today lol, I was seeing what she would do lol..And yes she thought I was food lol Made me jump.

Re: nutter's enclosure
Posted: 14/01/2010 by Clairestortoise

Hi Vivienne

lol...Ive just learnt something from your response to Angel, Cool! I didnt think about adding stones around the water to stop little one gettting dirty, and dirt in water too :)
You learn something new everyday!!! :)

Re: nutter's enclosure
Posted: 14/01/2010 by angel

lol to tort nipping you does it hurt your first person i know whos had a nip from a tort we tried to get the sand and top soilbut every where we go its frozen cuz its left out side itd take days dry out enough to put him/her on we couldnt even separate the bag we did initially try to get sand and top soil but because of our bad wintry weather at the mo its proving hard the substrate was the same as they were all kept on its like a grass and food type thing if they eat it they can digest it and poo it to so its not harmfull to him/her but my partner is still looking into trying to get the sand soil mix as soon as we can find some hwere that isnt storeing it out side and frozen. if anyone can recommend any where that stores top soil and sand indoors it would be helpfull

 

thanks

Re: nutter's enclosure
Posted: 14/01/2010 by angel

o and i forgot yes he/she is a gorgeous little spur thigh

Re: nutter's enclosure
Posted: 14/01/2010 by Clairestortoise

Yes when I bought my bag it was solid!!! I sat it next to rad to defrost lol...I then cut the top of bag to allow air in the dry...I put it in a few days later, dont worry with the lamp it will dry out...as long as its not sopping wet, or allow tort to sit in damp soil too long.. lol Na didnt hurt, just made me jump thats all...

Re: nutter's enclosure
Posted: 14/01/2010 by Clairestortoise

Also try garden centre and ask them if they have a bag in the warehouse, then it wont be frozen/wet :)

Re: nutter's enclosure
Posted: 14/01/2010 by angel

lol we might go get the sand soil tomorrow and leave it in the house for few days to dry out hopefully when it comes time to clean him/her out then it will be dry enough put in my partner didnt want this substrate but in the end it was the safest option because of the soil sand being frozen allthough i didnt think about letting it dry naturally in the house it could have nearly been dry now o well its a little lesson we have found it ca nonly be good

Re: nutter's enclosure
Posted: 14/01/2010 by Clairestortoise

This is it, we learn as we go along,Im still learning :)...Get it, then just leave somewhere warm to defrost, cut the top of bag to get air in there, will dry quicker. It will dry in the cage with the lights on...
If your on Facebook, be nice to have more Tort friends, Im claire simmons, I have a pic of my Teddy as my profile pic :)Am off to work now :(

Re: nutter's enclosure
Posted: 15/01/2010 by Clairestortoise

ps..When you get your bag of soil, make sure you place it in another big bag, or you will have a soggy floor :)...place it where it don't matter...

 

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