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by Summerills
27 Nov 2020, 16:57
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Eating poo
Replies: 1
Views: 349

Eating poo

So having gone from posting because Fergus wouldn’t eat anything, he is now eating anything I put down including the calcium powder. I have started restricting how much I have to give him, going with a generous covering of his shell but unfortunately he has also now started eating his own poo! Talk ...
by Summerills
10 Nov 2020, 16:16
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Fergus update
Replies: 2
Views: 1308

Fergus update

Hi It’s been a month or so since I last came on concerned that fergus was loosing rather than gaining weight since being with us. It turns out all he wanted was for me to spend some money in him. The day after I paid for a worm testing kit to be sent through, he set about eating everything put in fr...
by Summerills
26 Sep 2020, 11:28
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Weight loss
Replies: 13
Views: 1728

Re: Weight loss

He has picked right up today, is up and about and eating again! I am not sure how he does it but without changing his face at all he can sometimes look so grumpy, which has been him the last few days, and then today, looks quite pleased with himself!
by Summerills
22 Sep 2020, 13:59
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Weight loss
Replies: 13
Views: 1728

Re: Weight loss

Starting to feel like a proper paranoid Mother now!!
Thanks again for support
by Summerills
22 Sep 2020, 13:55
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Weight loss
Replies: 13
Views: 1728

Re: Weight loss

Thanks Nina I will get on to that. I noticed today that his “lips” have gone a bit black- you can see it in the picture posted above. I appreciate they are not really lips but he does look like he’s wearing lipstick now! He was always a little darker round his mouth but this does seem a little more ...
by Summerills
22 Sep 2020, 07:24
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Weight loss
Replies: 13
Views: 1728

Re: Weight loss

Thanks Nina I will up his baths to daily. I was only doing it twice a week as he really hates it and I was concerned it was stressing him out, but at least that’ll keep him awake. I had also noticed that whilst he used to sleep in the corner near his lamp, he has moved to cooler areas but is up and ...
by Summerills
21 Sep 2020, 21:11
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Weight loss
Replies: 13
Views: 1728

Re: Weight loss

Hi Nina He did eat a little more today and then buried himself really deep in his soil. He’s done that a couple of time this week. Could he be trying to hibernate? If so how do I stop him? Is it as obvious as keep waking him up?! Temperature under his lamp is bang on 30. I check it once a week and a...
by Summerills
20 Sep 2020, 13:38
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Weight loss
Replies: 13
Views: 1728

Re: Weight loss

And one on my hand for scale
by Summerills
20 Sep 2020, 13:37
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Weight loss
Replies: 13
Views: 1728

Re: Weight loss

Sorry- photos didn’t load first time
by Summerills
20 Sep 2020, 13:36
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Weight loss
Replies: 13
Views: 1728

Weight loss

Hi More diet related questions about Fergus I’m afraid. I have weighed him again today having not done it for a couple of months and he has lost weight since coming to us- down to 29g (30g after a bath) from 34g when he arrived- his highest weight was 35g a month after he arrived. He’s such a tiny t...
by Summerills
05 Jul 2020, 19:22
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Some plants - I am so not a horticulturist!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1878

Some plants - I am so not a horticulturist!!

Hi please could I ask for some help IDing the following plants. I will put each plant in a different post to help with separation

No 1
by Summerills
01 Jul 2020, 07:36
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Diet concerns
Replies: 5
Views: 2244

Re: Diet concerns

Thanks Isabelle. That is pretty much the only view I get of him at the moment- it’s the “bum in air” pose!!
by Summerills
01 Jul 2020, 07:35
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Sleeping advice
Replies: 12
Views: 3486

Re: Sleeping advice

Thanks I decided to leave him be yesterday just to see what he would do if I didn’t get him up etc and he slept at the colder end of his table for a full 24 hours! I put him under his lamp at that point and he woke up a bit, but kept trying to go back and bury himself. So I gave him his daily bath a...
by Summerills
30 Jun 2020, 14:45
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Sleeping advice
Replies: 12
Views: 3486

Re: Sleeping advice

Hi
Can I ask how Melvin is doing now?
I have a very sleepy newbie too and just wondering whether he is just getting used to us

Thanks

Nic
by Summerills
28 Jun 2020, 19:25
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Diet concerns
Replies: 5
Views: 2244

Re: Diet concerns

Thanks Nina
I was reading the article as you replied!
I wonder if I am just watching him too much :lol:

I will try and relax a little and give him some space...

Thanks again for bearing with me! Can’t say how grateful I am for all your help and advice!
by Summerills
28 Jun 2020, 18:53
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Diet concerns
Replies: 5
Views: 2244

Diet concerns

Hi So I have a couple of questions as I get my head round suitable diet for Fergus. I have managed to find a good variety of safe food around and about and have offered Fergus a selection each day, but he will only eat lettuce or dandelion and the occasional campanula flower but generally isn’t eati...
by Summerills
26 Jun 2020, 15:04
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Introducing...
Replies: 6
Views: 2151

Re: Introducing...

Nina- I think you will just be able to make Fergus out on his slate in front of my daughter. He’s a definite hit/schoolwork distraction with all the family except perhaps Sid the whippet who’s looking decidedly dejected! Fergus is only outside when one of us is at the moment until we get a mesh lid ...
by Summerills
25 Jun 2020, 12:00
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Introducing...
Replies: 6
Views: 2151

Introducing...

Hi All I am very pleased to finally be able to introduce Fergus the Horsfield. He seems a very happy little chap and is very busy exploring, eating and basking. I am working for home today and he is also very distracting!! Thank you again for all the support and advice that you have all provided tha...
by Summerills
21 Jun 2020, 20:35
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Bedding?
Replies: 9
Views: 2504

Re: Bedding?

Thanks Nina- the lamp can currently be moved up and down but it seems to be warm enough at the highest setting which is frustrating.
My husband in very handy and will easily be able to make a higher one
by Summerills
21 Jun 2020, 16:27
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Bedding?
Replies: 9
Views: 2504

Re: Bedding?

Hi Nina Thanks- it is all down the help and inspiration that I have found on here. So much more to think about than I anticipated but have really enjoyed scouring this site. I have a thermometer with a probe all set and ready to go. It hits about 31 under the lamp, there is a radiator at that end of...
by Summerills
20 Jun 2020, 18:12
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Bedding?
Replies: 9
Views: 2504

Re: Bedding?

So now all set up inside too! No soft comfy bedding but hopefully enough to keep him entertained and healthy. Will hopefully be picking up our little tortoise on Thursday and we are very excited. Just got to think of a name...!!!! Lin- we are getting a horsfields but I have one of your caresheets al...