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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2010 1:50pm (Sep 21st 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Animal pics, and lots of them :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2010 4:51pm (Sep 21st 2010)
     
    Beautiful pics of beautiful animals, Red! :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2010 9:40pm (Sep 21st 2010)
     
    What a lovely shiny doggy! Did you polish him before you photographed him?!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2010 4:21pm (Sep 22nd 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He's just naturally shiny and handsome :P

    How cute is this?!!?!?!??!?! :crazy:
    Say hello to Phoebe!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2010 10:12pm (Sep 22nd 2010)
     
    She's adorable! Another favourite Red?!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2010 11:22pm (Sep 22nd 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Possibly, I haven't seen her in the flesh! She arrived yesterday and she sounds lovely! She's one of the rare dogs that can be homed with kids, and we're hoping Joe will come to stay for a night in hotel this weekend (late birthday gift), then on Saturday we can go to Animal Care and walk Phoebe with him :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2010 11:23pm (Sep 22nd 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh god just realised Saturday will be the last time we go to Animal Care before we move back to Stoke!!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2010 5:09pm (Sep 23rd 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: RedThanks Kate!

    I think it's because my dad started feeding him with feeding tongs so he'd 'strike' the mouse (he jiggled the mouse about) , whereas when the mouse was just in the bowl James would rarely strike but would smell it out. Now when James smells mouse he goes for anything that moves - bad idea dad. I just hope he doesn't go for things that move when it's not feeding time...if he's turned my snake into a killer I'll be furious!


    Lol don't be ridiculous... He'd been fed twice with tongs, so I doubt it would make such a pronounced change so quickly.

    More likely he could smell mouse, and moving jiggly warm thing = food to any snake, whether fed live/dead/via tongs...

    Even before the tongs, for some time he's 'hunted' anything that moved when the mouse was defrosting, he's a big boy now and that's what they do... catch their food and eat it. You won't get him to sit still like a dog before you give a command to eat, snakes are wild and you can't train them.

    He's still as soft as anything when food not's involved.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2010 6:35pm (Sep 23rd 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No way did he ever immediately strike when the mouse didn't move! He always took his time before when it was still, now you can't get the door open! It was pretty awesome watching / feeling him strike though, never seen him properly strike before - apart from at me! :P

    Have you had him out, is he okay? We didn't get chance. Is his mouth okay?
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2010 8:55pm (Sep 23rd 2010) edited
     
    Here are my girls :bigsmile:
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2010 9:07pm (Sep 23rd 2010)
     
    Love your pictures Red.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2010 9:08pm (Sep 23rd 2010) edited
     
    Ohh Lee you girls have come on so well they look real lovely. Well done all that love and care certainly is paying off. Lovely pictures as well I love the one with the shafts of sun light.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2010 9:12pm (Sep 23rd 2010)
     
    Thank you NN I think they are great :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2010 9:16pm (Sep 23rd 2010)
     
    And this is my new friend the Frog!!!!!!!!:frog3:
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2010 9:18pm (Sep 23rd 2010)
     
    Cor that is a super frog Lee. I saw o little one in my garden the other day and just hope the hens don't see it as well.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2010 11:26pm (Sep 23rd 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw god your girls have improved so much Lee they look so much happier and healthier! That is the cutest frog ever too! When me and Lyle were walking to the shops the other night we found a baby frog hopping by the road and we caught him (named Simon) and carried him to the pond in the park.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2010 9:26am (Sep 24th 2010)
     
    Great pics Lee, well done with the hennies!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2010 5:16pm (Sep 24th 2010)
     
    Thank you Girls i do love my Battery Hens they have such great characters i would not hesitate to get some more ever.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2010 6:25pm (Sep 24th 2010)
     
    They look so contented, Lee; it's briiliant.
    Well rescued, Red! :thumbup:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2010 7:59pm (Sep 24th 2010)
     
    That was a lucky little froggie Red as it would have got run over if you hadn't happened along.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2010 10:54am (Sep 29th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: RedNo way did he ever immediately strike when the mouse didn't move! He always took his time before when it was still, now you can't get the door open! It was pretty awesome watching / feeling him strike though, never seen him properly strike before - apart from at me! :P

    Have you had him out, is he okay? We didn't get chance. Is his mouth okay?


    I think he's just a 'big boy' now... They're just a massive bunch of instincts really, it was discussed on snake forums how they don't really have feelings that a human can relate to - they go somewhere warm when cold, go somewhere cold when warm, and eat when they are hungry, reproduce when the time is right and that's about it!

    I noticed his body is a lot thicker now, definitely getting into adulthood.

    I'll get him out and check him over in a couple of days (he ate last night - need to add pic as there was a slight mishap... He ended up hanging out of the viv over the futon and propped up with the shredder so he didn't flop out onto the floor!! Had to watch him eat his mouse then coax him back in - fun!)

    Didn't seem to have any problem eating though, and mouth looked normal.

    Just hope he doesn't go for me - he might have a taste for human flesh now!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2010 7:44pm (Sep 29th 2010)
     
    Sorry to be a pest Neil, but when you get a moment can you do an update photo of James for us. It is ages since we have seen the little chap.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2010 3:13pm (Sep 30th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No problem! He's not so little though :wink:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2010 7:22pm (Sep 30th 2010)
     
    Thank you Neil, it will be good to see him as it is hard to imagine him being a big lad now !!!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2010 5:46pm (Oct 2nd 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Feeding mishap pics - don't look if you don't like to see (a bit of) a dead mouse!

    He didn't give me chance to get the mouse in the viv so lunged for it and ended up falling out and nearly onto the form - I had to prop him up with the shredder!



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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2010 5:51pm (Oct 2nd 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Pictures of James, now he's all grown up!





    As you can see, he's thickening up nicely!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2010 6:40pm (Oct 2nd 2010)
     
    Woooooooooooo he is massive now Neil he is very interesting though.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2010 7:18pm (Oct 2nd 2010)
     
    He is lovely Neil thanks for the photos, I can not believe how much he has grown and as you say he looks a lot thicker. He is a lovely colour and is sure enjoying a decent sized mouse. How often do you have to feed him now ? I bet he is quite strong as well.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2010 9:39pm (Oct 2nd 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He only eats once every 2 or so weeks now... quite a diet!

    He has learnt to eat like a 'proper' snake too - he hunts, strikes and constricts his meals now (even though they're already dead!)

    Our first ever HD video... (you need to click to visit the youtube page and then select the HD version)

    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2010 10:03pm (Oct 2nd 2010) edited
     
    Aw,.. Our little coloured worm is now all grown up!

    Wonderful.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd, 2010 2:16am (Oct 3rd 2010)
     
    What a handsome chap!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd, 2010 5:30am (Oct 3rd 2010)
     
    My god he is humungous Neil, from a cute widdle chap to a giant, will he grow much more?
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd, 2010 7:27am (Oct 3rd 2010) edited
     
    Here is a very rare sight of one of my Hissers eating make the most of it as it won,t happen for a while again!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!
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    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd, 2010 7:33am (Oct 3rd 2010)
     
    And one of the sun coming up this morning at 7.15am.
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    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd, 2010 7:40am (Oct 3rd 2010) edited
     
    We went to a Farm with some friends yesterday with lots of chicken, cows,rabbits,and lots more it was great fun for the kids and us.
    They also have a vast array of ciders all fresh out the Kegs you choose the one you want with free tasting!!! and then fill up you container and off you go lovely.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd, 2010 4:22pm (Oct 3rd 2010)
     
    Nice pics! No pics of you, though,Lee? Or were you too blurry after the cider...:)
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd, 2010 9:28pm (Oct 3rd 2010) edited
     
    I tell you what CC it is very strong stuff the real cider and very nice!!!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 4th, 2010 5:28pm (Oct 4th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Scarlet noticed while we were away on holiday that

    a) the new heatmat specifically for glass vivariums had 'blown'

    and

    b) the cockroaches seemed to have given birth, despite the fact they were both female and not having any male company for several months!

    I didn't realise that the babies were so small, until this weekend when I went to put them in their 'cockroach creche' and discovered a tiny one the size of a woodlouse on the outside of the tank - yhup, they fit between the two panes of glass that make the door - better not let Helen see this as she will have a fit!

    According to Scarlet there were 2 tiny babies and various other sized juveniles, but I could only find 1 of the tiny ones so there is one loose in the house probably - nice!

    Anyway, here's a couple of the 'medium' ones - probably 2 or 3 cm in length:



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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 4th, 2010 6:59pm (Oct 4th 2010)
     
    Not wanting to cast aspertions on your housekeeping Neil, but bearing in mind all the work you're having done - is it possible they've come from outside the viv to inside? Would a 'wild' one be attracted to the 'captive' ones by scent? But I suppose the babies are hissers too, not your common or garden roach. It must just be a miracle birth!

    I'm sure the escapee will be found at some point - listen for the screaming from Helen and there it'll be!!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2010 7:26am (Oct 5th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I didn't think we had cockroaches in this country?

    Certainly not Madagascan hissing ones, that's a fair way for them to travel by scent anyway!! :wink:


    Posted By: KatebNot wanting to cast aspertions on your housekeeping Neil, but bearing in mind all the work you're having done - is it possible they've come from outside the viv to inside? Would a 'wild' one be attracted to the 'captive' ones by scent?


    Don't worry about casting aspertions! But if you think about it logically, for the juniors to be found in the tank, it would require tiny new-hatched babies travelling to the tank, squeezing between the two glass doors, then growing in size with the original occupants... not too likely!

    I did a quick google search on this, and found some info on a US university website, then realised it was an answer to Scarlet's question!

    Q79: Scarlet asks:
    We bought two female cockroaches about seven months ago, and ... one ... has recently given birth...? They are both ... female, and she gave birth about six months after we got her, which is too long for her to have gotten pregnant in the (pet) shop isn't it?! Even stranger is that she has given birth twice now (we think) but only to about three cockroaches each time.

    Ans: Scarlet,
    Cockroaches need to mate only once to produce up to 3 or more sequential batches (oothecae) of fertilized eggs. They store the sperm in an internal storage location and use it as needed. Sometimes the last batches of hatching embryos are small in number because the sperm was running out. Also the paired ovaries are made up of ovarioles which are strings of maturing oocytes. Only the terminal oocyte of an ovariole gets ovulated and fertilized to participates in a current ootheca. Sometimes the ovarioles develop tumors which then inactivates that ovariole from participating in a current or future ootheca. Sometimes if the female is not well fed and well supplied with water an embryo will die before hatching. Several phenomena contribute to how many offspring you will have. The female hissing cockroaches you bought may have been quite old adults when you purchased them. They do not show their age externally.
    With fresh larvae hatched to rear, you can control their health and growth by how well you treat them. The males usually metamorphose to the adult stage first, sometimes an instar earlier than the females. Feed the larval males and females well with a low nitrogen diet. Mix ground dog biskit with corn starch to dilute the amount of protein nitrogen, moisten it with a bit of water and bake it into your own custom roach biskits. Too much nitrogen will give the cockroaches a form of gout, excess uric acid in their waste and their fat bodies. This gout can lead to an early death of your pet cockroaches. They are healthier if you feed them something like 10-15% dog biskit with 85-90% cornstarch. Give them a banana or carrot slice occasionally. Keep their container relatively clean and look at their fecal pellets to see if they have too much uric acid in them. They will be white if they have too much uric acid.
    A healthy first parturition female Gromphadorhina portentosa can have 40-60 live offspring at each birth as you have read. Good luck.
    PS: Virgin births (parthenogenesis) is known among cockroaches!


    Looks like I need to be making 'roach biscuits for them?!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2010 4:08pm (Oct 5th 2010)
     
    We DO get cockroached in this country; ask any health inspector. Or anyone who has been in student accomodation...
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2010 5:01pm (Oct 5th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ugh... never knew that.

    I'd be impressed if they were Madagascan hissing roaches though!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2010 9:48pm (Oct 5th 2010)
     
    Yes, I guess Madagascar is a long way for a baby to travel!!! CC is right, there are roaches in this country and that's what I was thinking of, but the logic makes it completely unlikely!

    Great explaination from the US, and quite worrying! If there are male babies, how long before they start mating with the females?!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2010 11:13pm (Oct 5th 2010)
     
    How absolutely fascinating Neil, see hencam is a place to learn all sorts of things. Some people don't 'get it' when I mention being on here but we talk about so many things and help each other too!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2010 9:50pm (Oct 6th 2010)
     
    LIkewise TM - people say to me "but you don't have any chickens". I tell them its not a prerequisite!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2010 2:46pm (Oct 8th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Wow, it's brill to come on and see all the pics - I've been ill, and we only get internet by visiting the library, so I haven't been on for like a week. And now there are James and baby hisser pics ^___^

    Glad you can still get him out, I was worried he'd gone evil :)

    I'm seeing the baby hissers tonight :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2010 6:10pm (Oct 8th 2010)
     
    I hope you're feeling better, Red...and that you've knitted the babies some dinky little matinee jackets...:tooth:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2010 11:53am (Oct 9th 2010)
     
    matinee jackets for baby hissers??, what next a muffler for James!!!
    :thumbup::biggrin:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2010 4:11pm (Oct 9th 2010)
     
    Good idea, Julie!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2010 8:31pm (Oct 12th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Tiny has grown 1/2cm since being here, he is now 1 1/2cm big :face-smile: (NEW SMILIES!!!)

    Anyhoo, pics of shizzle...

    We have bug-eyed Red pics, our bug collection in our new house (with the honking rubber chicken CC gave me!), and pics of our new house (I'll post them separately) :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2010 8:35pm (Oct 12th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Locusts on the left, hisser nursery in the middle, and adult hissers in the big tank!

    House pics now:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2010 11:11pm (Oct 12th 2010)
     
    Your house looks lovely Red! Its good to see you settled in and all growd up!!!

    Have you recovered from the Jedward trauma yet?!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2010 4:58pm (Oct 13th 2010)
     
    Splendid pics...I see Lyle was starting as he means to go on; Good man!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2010 5:15pm (Oct 13th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'll say one thing: Jedward may have no talent, but they put a lot of enthusiasm into their acts!

    He's drinking alcohol right as we speak! :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2010 1:00am (Oct 15th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The most beautiful corn snake I have ever seen (excluding James!)
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2010 11:57am (Oct 15th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Very cute! (and cute tongue too!)

    Looks like it's faded in the sun or something... James looks a bit like that doesn't he when he's mid-shed!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2010 12:04pm (Oct 15th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I love it, it's a Charcoal corn cross with something else...I've always wanted a Ghost corn because I love pale corns, but that is even more beautiful!

    Posted James pics on thecornsnake ;)
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2010 12:06pm (Oct 15th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Cool! Well he's a beaut (James is), we should be quite rightly proud of him and show him off I think - you only ever seem to see little shoelaces so it's nice to see a big strapping lad once in a while!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2010 12:09pm (Oct 15th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah, i looked through a couple of pages of pics on there and there wasn't one adult...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2010 12:13pm (Oct 15th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Comparison pics of James, because my dad saw it on the snake forum and was gobsmacked!



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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2010 6:34pm (Oct 15th 2010)
     
    Sooooo handsome!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2010 8:02pm (Oct 15th 2010)
     
    How nice it is to see all your photos Red, I hope you get your boiler sorted out soon. Your new house looks real good, but you didn't show as the kitchen !!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 16th, 2010 8:14pm (Oct 16th 2010)
     
    She's like me; only got a kitchen because it comes with the house....:tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 18th, 2010 8:03pm (Oct 18th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    pics of little Ronston Koopa Williams-Carr!!

    He's a very tired little man at the moment, basking under his lamp and doing that thing that kids do where their eyes close and they fight them open when they're trying not to sleep!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 18th, 2010 9:58pm (Oct 18th 2010)
     
    He is VERY special!!!! Welcome to the family Ronston!

    PS Where did the name come from?!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 18th, 2010 10:33pm (Oct 18th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Lyle created it :face-smile:

    I can't believe we actually have him, he's like a little baby! He fell asleep under his hide, so i lifted him up and settled him under his heat lamp, and just like a baby he sprawled out asleep there and didn't even shuffle off! I tried to get a good pic of him spread out, arms and legs akimbo, but sadly the webcam is terrible quality...Here's the best I could do though!

    The lighting is red because tortoises can't make out red light, so to Ron it is pitch black, but nice and warm!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 18th, 2010 11:13pm (Oct 18th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    he is a little cutie, and was trying to eat his way out of his polystyrene box in the car!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeOct 19th, 2010 7:56am (Oct 19th 2010)
     
    He is fantastic Red so cute it will be great to see him grow :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeOct 19th, 2010 1:49pm (Oct 19th 2010)
     
    Red, Ronston is beautiful. I will offer to babysit him any time you want. :-)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 19th, 2010 3:01pm (Oct 19th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hehe, thanks Shobhna :bigsmile:

    It's bloody hard work knowing what stuff you can feed him! Everyone contradicts with everybody else...Lee, what do you feed your big lad? :P
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 19th, 2010 5:04pm (Oct 19th 2010)
     
    He's gorgeous! I know they ought to have protein; I knew someone who gave hers only veg and he was ill. But you ought to check with a specialist - is there a Tortoisecam? :)
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeOct 19th, 2010 8:03pm (Oct 19th 2010)
     
    The thing is Red they all seem to like different things my Mum has a female and she will eat all kinds of veg and plants but Monty will only eat corn,lettuce,cucumber tomato,Dandelion leaves and clover not clover the rabbit!!!!! and we have had him for 20 odd years!! but he is fully grown now.
    Can i just say that tortoise,s are very hard to raise from babies we have mated monty with Tilly my mum,s female and had two babies and reared them until they were 6 years old and they both caught something and and died!! very sad and my friend also had the same problem after paying £150 for a baby it also died after 3 years she now has another that is now 7 and is doing fine.
    The key is to feed them the right stuff and make sure they have everything they need at all times and do not hibernate them for a good 10 years as they are just not strong enough to survive.
    When they are past that venerable stage they are very hardy and strong and as you know live for a very long time.

    Red you are the perfect person to raise a tortoise go for it girl!!!!!!!! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 19th, 2010 9:21pm (Oct 19th 2010)
     
    Posted By: Red
    It's bloody hard work knowing what stuff you can feed him! Everyone contradicts with everybody else...


    That seems to be the norm with all animals Red. You will get to know who knows what they're talking about and who doesn't. Don't trust the big pet shops (like pets at home) they have a vested interest in selling their products. Finding an exotic vet is a very good idea - better to know a good one before its needed. (I tried 5 before I found one to trust with my rats!) Is there a forum for tortoise owners? They might suggest food and a good vet for you.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 19th, 2010 11:27pm (Oct 19th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Nobody agrees anywhere, Kate, even on the expert forums, and vets...

    So far I have learnt the universal 'no's,' the ones not to feed are lettuce, tomato (sparingly), fruit (once every few weeks), cucumber, dock leaves, blue bells....and to feed dandelions, nettles, nipplewort, rose petals, clover, thistles and grass...now the only flipping problem is I need a real easy way to tell which plant is which!! And where they are, can't find any clover or thistle!

    Getting the diet right is crucial, feeding the wrong things can cause organ failure and growth deformities. Gotta be very careful!Like most animals a tortoise will eat animal protein if it's there, but as for horsefield's they should never be fed any meat, it's bad for them.

    These links have proved useful:
    http://www.reptileforums.co.uk/forums/shelled-turtles-tortoise/63073-weeds-illustrated-guide-winter-feeding.html
    http://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/site/plants_19.asp?thissection=6
    And this is a good all-round care sheet with a useful feeding section too:
    http://www.thereptilian.co.uk/care_sheets/Horsefield_tortoise_care_sheet_Testudo_hosefieldii.html

    It's knowing who to believe and who not to believe, I guess. A varied diet is the key, and sticking to things that are definitely safe such as clover and dandelion leaves...

    I wish I had a toirtoisecam! Would love to set one up, he's hilarious to watch and so cute. Today he has eaten and drunk well and is conked out again for the night now. He looks so cute when he is eating, he grabs massive gob fulls of his food and scoffs it down :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorRonald
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2010 7:01am (Oct 20th 2010)
     
    I came a crossed this website for tortoises and though you maybe interested.

    http://www.tortoiseclub.org/index.htm

    They listed a phone number where you can join the club and receive free email newsletters. They may be able to give you a list of members email addresses or information on members living in your area that can help you as to where you can purchase the tortoise food and other needed supplies etc. They may also be able to give you a list of vets in your area should you need one.

    Can you make us a tortoise thread for Ronston Koopa Williams-Carr.. uh please.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2010 11:52am (Oct 20th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Ron! Will bookmark it and have a browse :)

    Wow they have a lot of different care sheets, and how cute are some of the pics?

    Oh yeah, will definitely start a new thread! It'll have to be mostly blog post-style reports on how he is doing, because my camera is still refusing to work and I forgot to ask my dad to have a look at it. I'll post some with the webcam but it's really bad quality, so you'll have to put up with rubbish pics haha!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 21st, 2010 12:11am (Oct 21st 2010)
     
    Super little chap Red I am so pleased for you.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 21st, 2010 12:04pm (Oct 21st 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks NN :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 26th, 2010 2:07pm (Oct 26th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Is this not the most beautiful dog ever?



    She is called Ebony and is a German Shepherd cross. She's a little shy and is scared of men so you have to build her trust slowly. She is at Animal Care at the moment; we're going back to babysit Vince and Nelly this weekend and are popping up to Animal Care, so I'm very exited about meeting all the dogs :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 26th, 2010 3:11pm (Oct 26th 2010)
     
    How beautiful...she's a stuner, Red!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 26th, 2010 5:29pm (Oct 26th 2010)
     
    She's a very pretty girl, Red. She looks so intelligent. I hope someone will give her a happy home.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 26th, 2010 7:00pm (Oct 26th 2010)
     
    Oh my what a beautiful dog, she shouldn't be at the home for long bless her who couldn't fall in love with her.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 26th, 2010 11:25pm (Oct 26th 2010)
     
    She has a wonderful face Red, very lovely ears!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2010 2:29pm (Oct 27th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Look what I just stumbled across, old pics of Patch ^__^







    awww! :heart:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2010 4:07pm (Oct 27th 2010)
     
    She's so pretty, Red!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2010 7:09pm (Oct 27th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hmm, a right sweetheart. I wished mice lived longer, I loved having them :face-sad:

    Having said that, I do have locusts at the moment which live for about four months...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2010 7:14pm (Oct 27th 2010)
     
    Not pretty and furry though...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2010 7:17pm (Oct 27th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, they're very pretty! They have such dazzling colours and look awesome. One of them is almost fully grown now and it looks beautiful. Can't post a pic though because the webcam is too rubbish :face-sad:

    Not furry though, that's true...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2010 8:56am (Oct 31st 2010)
     
    Sweet little mouse, they have such quivery whiskers.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd, 2010 12:40pm (Nov 3rd 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens



    Awwww! :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd, 2010 7:11pm (Nov 3rd 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Two of the hisser babies were happy enough to pose for photos. The first two are of Chod, who is about second largest, and the last two are Jelly, who is the second smallest.

    I'll definitely take better pics when I have my camera, and then you'll really be able to see how gorgeous they are :face-smile: I'll take a photo of Tiny, all 2cm of him!

    **EDIT**
    added a pic of Humdi at the bottom so you can see the size difference!
      hisserbaby3.jpg
      hisserbaby4.jpg
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      humdi.jpg
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd, 2010 10:32pm (Nov 3rd 2010)
     
    Who is the dog and the rat? They are lovely!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2010 12:06am (Nov 4th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Erm, you didn't mention the hissers Kate :wink:

    They belong to someone who was on yahoo, I don't know their names but thought it was very cute!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2010 1:05am (Nov 4th 2010)
     
    My gosh I cant belive the difference in size between the hissers Red! I don't mind them at all I think they look quite interesting, I want to pat one. oh yes and very imaginative names.

    Lovely doggie and rat too.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2010 7:05am (Nov 4th 2010)
     
    The baby hissers are cute, Red...they really are small when you see the picture of Humdi. Are you going to keep all the babies?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2010 8:03pm (Nov 4th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Can't wait to show you little Tiny :laugh:

    Hopefully we'll be able to keep the babies, Lynn. The females can live with hisser and Zelda, and we have a spare tank for the males, although my dad wants some but my mum says no... ;)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2010 10:24pm (Nov 4th 2010) edited
     
    Posted By: RedErm, you didn't mention the hissers Kate


    Er, yes sorry, I didn't did I! LOL!! I wouldn't want to have one personally, however (and this is a good 'however'!) they look like perfect specimens and are very lucky to have you and Lyle as parents! I can see how well looked after they are but I wouldn't want to hold one! I go for cute and/or furry everytime!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2010 12:18pm (Nov 5th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahahaha! We had some people around the other day who asked what were in the tanks or if they were out of use. I said, "No, that's one's locusts (to which she squealed and jumped back) and that one's baby hissing cockroaches." Her reply was, "Oh yes, of course..." And we have to cover up both tanks when Lyle's mum comes into the room too :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2010 3:24pm (Nov 5th 2010)
     
    Ooo, Red, Red, look at Hawkins Bazaar cataoluge; they've got a remote control COCKROACH. You wcould freak out the hissers with that....:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2010 5:43pm (Nov 5th 2010)
     
    That would really give them something to hiss about, CC. Red needs to make us a wave file or MP3 of the hissers making their noise. I'd love to hear what they sound like.



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