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by Summerills
30 Jun 2021, 20:24
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Outside enclosure
Replies: 7
Views: 1311

Re: Outside enclosure

Thanks Nina. Sorry about the photos- I wasn’t able to upload them in any higher resolution. I bought a sedum acre which now looks lovely in a pot with some other odd looking plants we inherited from the previous owner of our house. The wooden shed is at the moment an old dilapidated log shed which i...
by Summerills
28 Jun 2021, 15:04
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Outside enclosure
Replies: 7
Views: 1311

Outside enclosure

Having umm’d and ahh’d about all the possibilities for a temporary outside enclosure, I decided to just go for it and dig up a border for Fergus. I have enclosed a couple of photos. It had been full of bluebells, forget me nots, and herbs and so I spent yesterday digging up bulbs to replant elsewher...
by Summerills
03 Apr 2021, 17:55
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?
Replies: 9
Views: 2016

Re: Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?

Sorry for the delay in responding- we had a bit of a family crisis and I didn’t get a chance to respond

Thank you for the suggestions - I like the idea of the cold frame as it feels like that could be movable and adaptable.

Hopefully get him something sorted for the summer.
by Summerills
30 Mar 2021, 19:14
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?
Replies: 9
Views: 2016

Re: Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?

Also we have rats! We are dealing with them but by all accounts have been a constant problem in the area.
Would they go for a tortoise? In which case presumably I will need something completely secure!

Might just keep him indoors at this rate
by Summerills
30 Mar 2021, 19:11
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?
Replies: 9
Views: 2016

Re: Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?

Thank you both for the suggestions. Have a Pinterest problem/addiction and have so many ideas for his permanent residence from there. In fact what we had at the old house was based on a combination of ideas from there. I was thinking of something more temporary really, something like a rabbit run bu...
by Summerills
28 Mar 2021, 20:05
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?
Replies: 9
Views: 2016

Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?

Hi all Hope everyone (uk based anyway) is starting to enjoy some sunshine and looking forward to getting out and about a bit. We have moved house recently and have a slightly bigger garden but that is north facing with lots of trees around and about. I’d like to give it a year to really get a feel f...
by Summerills
27 Nov 2020, 16:57
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Eating poo
Replies: 1
Views: 1290

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: 2942

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: 4262

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: 4262

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: 4262

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: 4262

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: 4262

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: 4262

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: 4262

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: 4262

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: 3800

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: 3876

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: 4996

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: 4996

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: 3876

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!