Baby Horsfield not eating

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DigiriblePlum
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Baby Horsfield not eating

Post by DigiriblePlum » 24 Aug 2020, 17:39

Hi everyone - I'm a new tortoise owner so I might be getting too worried too early here but I'd like to see what people think
I've had my baby Orly for a little over a month now which'll make her about 4-5 months old. I have her set up in a table with the UV/heat lamp one end and a hide the other and up until the last three or so days she's been in a good little routine - waking up around 10am, tootling around her table and eating plenty, having a bask and a climb for a couple hours and then burrowing herself down (sand/soil substrate) for the night. She sleeps a lot which I figured was normal for a baby?
Temperatures at 32c under the lamp and between 18-20c in her hide at the other end.

The last three days though, she's pretty much not eaten at all and is just sleeping. Yesterday she tracked a bit of food between the dish and her hide but didn't really seem to eat and today she's not left her hide at all, food's untouched. I can't even tempt her with her nasturtiums, which are her favourite.
I put her in a bath yesterday and she woke up, had a little wander and a climb before going back to sleep but today when I put her in a bath she's just sitting there in her shell.

Like I said, I might be worrying too quick here! But with her being so young I wanted to check if there's anything I might be missing?

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lin
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Re: Baby Horsfield not eating

Post by lin » 24 Aug 2020, 20:35

Everything your doing seems to be fine with temps and what you are doing. If you would like to send us in a photo of the setup we maybe able to see a tweak or two that might make a differense but it does seem quite normal with the weather we have been having in the UK recently.
Have a read of this and if necessary make a few adjustments with the brightness of lights and do your best into fooling him into thinking its summer again will work.

Lin
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DigiriblePlum
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Re: Baby Horsfield not eating

Post by DigiriblePlum » 25 Aug 2020, 19:04

Thanks! I'll try brightening the table up a bit and shee how he goes :)

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lin
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Re: Baby Horsfield not eating

Post by lin » 25 Aug 2020, 19:44

Keep us posted if you can as its always nice to see the outcome.
Its not worth testing for worms yet unless they are visible or as a last resort especially at this late stage in the year.

Lin

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Re: Baby Horsfield not eating

Post by DigiriblePlum » 28 Aug 2020, 20:14

Positive outlook so far! She's definitely eating again, less than she did at first but she's waking up a couple times through the day again as well :D

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Re: Baby Horsfield not eating

Post by Nina » 28 Aug 2020, 20:43

Excellent news, and thanks for the update!

Nina

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Re: Baby Horsfield not eating

Post by lin » 28 Aug 2020, 21:14

:o Thats great news. Baby steps and I am sure she will eat more as time goes on.
Thanks for the update.

Lin


DigiriblePlum wrote:
> Positive outlook so far! She's definitely eating again, less than she did
> at first but she's waking up a couple times through the day again as well
> :D

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