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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2010 4:55pm (Dec 20th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Tada!
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2010 7:15pm (Dec 20th 2010)
     
    Oh good girl Red they are much better pictures and now we can see little Ron in all his true colours. What a bonny little pet he is, who could fail to love him.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2010 7:33pm (Dec 20th 2010)
     
    He's really growing, now!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2010 8:48pm (Dec 20th 2010)
     
    He is so cute! I think he's grown too. He'll have to upgrade his shell soon! :wink:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 21st, 2010 11:07am (Dec 21st 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks all! He's a little belter, my nana's real excited about seeing him in person for the first time over Christmas. My dad was asking the other day "well, he can just eat vegetables can't he, like kale?" I was like, "Er no dad, I told you he only eats weeds...you HAVE to go out and pick them for him." You should have seen his face drop!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 21st, 2010 12:50pm (Dec 21st 2010)
     
    Its about time Tesco started stocking them!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 21st, 2010 4:01pm (Dec 21st 2010)
     
    Last time I went to Tesco, I thought they had...
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2010 11:41am (Dec 22nd 2010)
     
    ha ha ha CC.

    Red he is a little champ. Lovely marking and colours coming out on his shell too. Gosh he fills your palm now.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2010 5:59pm (Dec 23rd 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    You should have seen my dad's face when he first saw him, he just said, "He hasn't grown at all!" I told him very indignantly that he had grown lots!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 24th, 2010 10:02pm (Dec 24th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well we have weighed Ron on some really accurate scales, prepare yourselves for this.....!

    Size:
    73mm

    Weight:
    106 grams!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 25th, 2010 8:23pm (Dec 25th 2010)
     
    Cor he is doing well !!! Bless him he is a dear little chap.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2011 9:06pm (Jan 5th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Just got back to him and awww it was so cute!! His light was off and it was his bedtime but he wouldn't settle, he was running about all over the place. Mum was saying, "He doesn't normally do this, he usually settles right down..." Then she looked at me and said, "I think it's because he can hear your voice!!"

    So I went to his cage and talked to him and he came racing over. I got him out and held him and said hello and gave him a fuss, and when I put him back he went straight to bed!!

    Quick pics C:
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2011 10:02pm (Jan 5th 2011)
     
    Oh Bless him. How sweet I bet you felt really proud of him and quite rightly so.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2011 10:29pm (Jan 5th 2011)
     
    He missed his mummy!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2011 4:48pm (Jan 7th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He is an absolute darling, I love my little baby boy :laugh:

    Here he is today having a right old romp around the living room. The cactus in the first pic is the one Joe bought me for my birthday, bless him!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2011 4:52pm (Jan 7th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh and I forgot to add his meal yesterday (glad we collected it yesterday before the snow fell!!)

    He has:
    Plantain
    Clover
    Grass
    Dandelion leaves
    Raspberry Leaves

    And here he is eating them!
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2011 7:30pm (Jan 7th 2011)
     
    He has a good appetite Red
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2011 6:57am (Jan 8th 2011)
     
    and he likes a read too!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2011 10:42pm (Jan 9th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha!

    We saw some Horsefields recently at two different pet shops; the first one they were kept in poor conditions, fed totally the wrong food, and really badly obvious pyramiding as a result, but not only that they were really underweight! They weren't round, they were more like a half circle they were so thin! The other ones were in much better condition, but still had some slight pyramiding and were being fed on a lettuce salad bag mixed.

    Makes me very proud of Ron. Obviously his breeder cared enough about him to give him the correct diet, and the pet shop knew enough to feed him as best they could to keep him healthy.
    :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2011 10:20am (Jan 10th 2011)
     
    Just shows not everyone should be selling animals should they. Correct food is vital especially for our more unusual animals.
    We hear some nightmare stories here too. Does the pyramiding mean that the shell is a peak in the middle instead of nicely rounded?.
    Ron is a lovely shape isn't he? I am amazed that you are able to find all the right goodies for him Red what with the snow and bad weather.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2011 5:35pm (Jan 10th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Pyramiding...it's easier to describe just by showing a photo heh, but yeah :tongue:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2011 5:40pm (Jan 10th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well Ron has had a very busy day today as we decided to change his substrate and therefore clean his cage too...you should have seen me and Lyle carting these heavy bags back from the garden centre, his weighed 3 stone!!

    Anyway Ron now lives on a mixture of play sand and topsoil (organic). The pellets were good but after researching I think this mixture is the best. It mimics his habitat in the wild and he can dig burrows in it, which he will love! It's about 6 inch deep so plenty of room for him :tooth:

    Here is his new home:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2011 5:43pm (Jan 10th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Today's food:

    Plantain
    Dandelion Leaf
    Grass
    Raspberry Leaf
    Rocket

    And the move evidently hasn't upset his appetite...!
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    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2011 11:59pm (Jan 10th 2011)
     
    Thanks for the pic Red, it is clearly defined and looks quite interesting . If you didnt know one may think it was meant to be like that. The shell looks thinner too.

    Love Ron's new home and there you go researching again to give him the best environment, you are just a fabulous pet carer.
    I like to think we dont really 'own' our pets (although they sometimes think they own us):biggrin: but we are their care takers for whatever time we spend together. It is such a privelege because the animal relies solely on us to provide shelter, food and love and they give us so much joy in return.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2011 8:33pm (Jan 11th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks TM :blush:

    Posted By: Trevs MumI like to think we dont really 'own' our pets (although they sometimes think they own us)<img src=" title=":biggrin:" />but we are their care takers for whatever time we spend together. It is such a privelege because the animal relies solely on us to provide shelter, food and love and they give us so much joy in return.

    That's a great way to think of it. I hate saying anything about Ron's cage, and much prefer to call it his 'home' because cage sounds so restrictive and barren...and we do try and make it as nice as we can C:

    We bought a run for Ron today so when the weather gets warmer we can take him outside for a few hours in the sunshine! We saw it in our local pet shop (which is one of the cheapest around) and it was on sale for £33. We looked on Zooplus and they are selling it for £22.99...h00ray!! :bigsmile:

    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2011 11:28pm (Jan 11th 2011)
     
    Does it come with rabbits included? he he he.
    That will be a superb spot for him to wander around in on a sunny day and he can't go too far and is protected.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2011 7:33am (Jan 12th 2011)
     
    Love Rons home Red he will really like that I especially like the cactus thing !!!!! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2011 8:08am (Jan 12th 2011)
     
    What a nice run! And there's shelter from the rain/sun too. Can you put the lid back so he can sunbathe?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2011 1:22pm (Jan 12th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: Trevs MumDoes it come with rabbits included? he he he.
    That will be a superb spot for him to wander around in on a sunny day and he can't go too far and is protected.

    I wish TM :tooth:

    Thanks Lee! He does seem to enjoy buldozing through the cactus and knocking it flying, haha!

    Posted By: chief chickenWhat a nice run! And there's shelter from the rain/sun too. Can you put the lid back so he can sunbathe?

    Thanks, and I don't even mind paying the price for it!! Yeah the lid can be pulled halfway back or full off which is pretty cool :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2011 1:29pm (Jan 12th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Here are some photos of Ron exploring his new layout, and a brilliant one of him with a My Little Pony balanced on him - no, there was no trick photography here, it actually was balanced on top of him!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2011 3:15pm (Jan 12th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Pic for my dad...spot the tortoise!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2011 9:01pm (Jan 12th 2011)
     
    I didn't realise they buried themselves that deep! What a great habitat, and a nice twist on the pony ride thing!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2011 9:20pm (Jan 12th 2011)
     
    ha ha ha Ron is so cute, and seeing him with the pony makes you more aware of his size, unless the pony is the giant humungous version. Thats a nice chunk of wood for him to hide in too.
    He will never be bored with so many things to explore and 'play' with.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 13th, 2011 1:23am (Jan 13th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebI didn't realise they buried themselves that deep! What a great habitat, and a nice twist on the pony ride thing!

    Ha, we couldn't see him at all tonight! Thought we'd lost him and had to go round poking our fingers in the soil until we found him :laugh:

    In the wild though, adult Horsefield tortoises have been found buried up to three metres underground...they like to bury C:

    TM, nope the pony is just a regular size. The tunnel was James' originally that he outgrew! Thank you :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 13th, 2011 9:37pm (Jan 13th 2011)
     
    How do they breathe when they're that deep?!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 13th, 2011 11:41pm (Jan 13th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I have no idea, I worry about Ron suffocating and he's about an inch under!! :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2011 11:12am (Jan 14th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Truly amazing, very cute and really nice to see him able to show natural behaviour - if it had been me I'd have probably left him on the pellets - which were fine, but definitely not as good as the soil/sand you researched.

    Nice one he looks even happier now :-) Has he kept on burying at night?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2011 3:22pm (Jan 14th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks dad :laugh: Yeh, he buries even deeper now. Last few nights we haven't been able to see him and have had to poke our fingers about to make sure he's there! The pellets were good but I'm glad he's got soil and sand now.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2011 9:09pm (Jan 14th 2011)
     
    How often will you have to change the soil and sand? I assume he does his business in it (and no, I don't mean wheeling and dealing CC!) :laugh: Apparently rats like to dig in soil too (more like a dog burying a bone though I think) but I never got around to doing it for my girls. You're a top pet-slave!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2011 12:14am (Jan 15th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I think once every six months is the most often, but it can last longer. The soil needs watering every few days so it doesn't get too dusty and is easier for him to dig in.

    Hmm I remember at a zoo once they had a rat enclosure that was awesome. Inside it was like your usual (but MASSIVE) rat cage, with toys and things to sleep in and the usual substrate. Then they had this other bit which was a huge pit of soil, and the front wall was glass so you could see in. It was about three feet deep and they'd dug burrows and tunnels everywhere, it was so cool!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2011 11:29pm (Jan 15th 2011)
     
    That sounds great Red! At Twycross Zoo they have a rat exhibit and it had lengths of clear pipe attached to the wall alongside that they can run through. Everytime we've been they're all asleep though!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2011 9:42pm (Jan 16th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sounds like the chipmunk cage at the Ostrich-less farm near Leeds. It's really cool, it's about 15 feet long and they have piping and branches to climb and run through...of course they are always on the go!!

    today's diet:
    Plantain
    Dandelion
    Grass
    Raspberry leaf
    It'll be spring soon and we'll have more choice of what to feed him :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2011 4:50pm (Jan 17th 2011)
     
    Mental image of Ron sitting at a desk shouting into a 'phone - "Sell! Sell!" whilst chomping on a big cigar. And a dandelion leaf...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2011 6:46pm (Jan 19th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    A cigar? Not on my watch!
    Ron has a herb garden!! Well, if you can call just one herb that :face-smile:
    Just gotta make sure he doesn't eat it all :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 21st, 2011 2:32pm (Jan 21st 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ron checking out Bam's new cage, making sure he approves...
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    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2011 2:54pm (Jan 23rd 2011)
     
    He is looking great Red love the herb garden he has!!!!!!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 24th, 2011 2:07pm (Jan 24th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Cheers Lee! :tooth: Not much of a herb garden anymore, just a nibbled trampled mess!!!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 24th, 2011 7:07pm (Jan 24th 2011)
     
    My favorite pic of Ron is him eating his herb garden..he's just so cute!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 25th, 2011 7:00pm (Jan 25th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He has a new herb in there now, replaced his trampled coriander for some basil!

    Here he is being cute :smile:
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 27th, 2011 6:26am (Jan 27th 2011)
     
    Red, that little Ron is the cutest thing..I think he knows it too.
    He seems like he just loves for you to take his picture.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJan 27th, 2011 5:42pm (Jan 27th 2011)
     
    Red He is the best little fella i have ever seen and he has a great home to live in to!!! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 28th, 2011 3:23pm (Jan 28th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha, thanks both! He knows he is gorgeous and can get away with being a grumpy little devil alright, he's right moody if he doesn't get his own way!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2011 4:10pm (Jan 29th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Okay, so some recent photos of Ron having a bath, and then an old one...has he grown?!?!? First two are recent ones...
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    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2011 7:32am (Jan 30th 2011)
     
    I would say he definitely has grown Red :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2011 12:34am (Jan 31st 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Lee, I wasn't sure if it was just my wishful thinking!! Yeah, in the new photos he's much bigger than the plug hole, whereas the last one he'd fit in it!

    We had a photo shoot last night, and I took my all time fave photo of Ron (the last one where he is stood up, awww!) :heartsabove:

    Also, not sure you can tell, but Ron's legs have gotten a lot darker because he's living in soil now, haha!
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    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2011 5:08am (Jan 31st 2011)
     
    ha ha cheeky boy. They are really clear pics and you can see every one of his 'claws'?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2011 7:19am (Jan 31st 2011)
     
    He just looks so intelligent in that last picture, you have some of the cutest critters, Red.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2011 7:47am (Jan 31st 2011)
     
    He is just so cute Red!!! I checked Monty my tortoise the other day to make sure he was OK its always a worry each year that he will wake up again.And he is fine I just push one of his back legs and even though he is asleep it will just move then i no he is OK. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2011 5:35pm (Jan 31st 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He does have impressive claws TM!!! Thanks Lynn, that picture is ridiculously cute...I liked that you could see his little reflection in the one above too, haha!

    I'm dreading hibernating Ron for the first time Lee, I will be sooo nervous!! Not sure he will be ready by next winter though, will have to ask at the vets first. Think we're planning on putting him in our fridge!!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2011 6:37pm (Jan 31st 2011)
     
    Red My sister is a qualified Veterinary Nurse and she says the longer you keep them awake the better and stronger they will be for hibernating maybe 5 years plus.The younger they are the more the risk they will die.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2011 7:17pm (Jan 31st 2011)
     
    Our friends never hibernated theirs; he used to move into the house for the winter.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2011 1:44pm (Feb 1st 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Lee! I'd heard no hibernating under 3 years before as a bare minimum, so 5 years sounds much better!

    I think hibernating them has a few plus points, and follows their natural behaviour more. Horsefield torts are also very prone to obesity; in the wild they are only eating and active for about 4 months of the year, which is why in captivity they eat whenever possible but for so much longer that they become fat!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2011 1:45pm (Feb 1st 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ron's diet:

    Basil
    Dandelions
    Plantain
    Meadow Hay
    Raspberry leaf
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2011 7:59pm (Feb 1st 2011)
     
    I wouldn't have thought a tortoise has ROOM to get fat!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2011 10:00pm (Feb 1st 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Horsefields are notoriously bad for becoming obese, which is why I keep such a strict eye on Ron's weight haha! It's just as unhealthy for them as it is for humans.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2011 11:21pm (Feb 1st 2011)
     
    He only eats salad!!!! Shows that even 'healthy' food can make you fat!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2011 5:54pm (Feb 2nd 2011)
     
    Therefore salad is fattening. I'm having a plate of chips then.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2011 10:21pm (Feb 2nd 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well, weeds... :tooth:

    It's because a tortoise's metabolism is so slow; it can take them up to two weeks to digest one meal!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2011 10:30am (Feb 3rd 2011)
     
    Cor 2 weeks Red.
    I'm with you CC bring on some chippies then!!!!!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2011 4:18am (Feb 10th 2011)
     
    I'll join CC and Julie in the plate of Chips..sounds better than salad to me too.:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2011 11:55am (Feb 10th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'll join you for some chip-shop chips! (and our local chip-shop in Wilsden even fries in sunflower oil - so not only are they veggie they're healthier too - yay!)
    • CommentAuthorRonald
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2011 6:34pm (Feb 10th 2011) edited
     
    All this talk about chips reminded me of an Angry Kid video clip I saw some years ago.

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2011 8:59pm (Feb 17th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some photos of the big man looking all happy again :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2011 9:46pm (Feb 17th 2011)
     
    He looks very big in those photos!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2011 6:21pm (Feb 18th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha, sadly he's not - I took a photo holding him so you can see how much (little!) he has grown :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2011 8:34pm (Feb 18th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I did a bad thing tonight - I fed Ron half a grape!! Very very naughty, but it's the first time he's ever had fruit with us (and he won't have it again!) but aw bless he enjoyed it :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2011 11:01pm (Feb 18th 2011)
     
    Scale and perspective - marvellous isn't it!!!

    Isn't he allowed fruit then? Surely a tiny bit occasionally wouldn't be that bad would it?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2011 12:30am (Feb 19th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha, and he suddenly looks tiny again *sigh* ! :bigsmile:

    Nah, they can have it very very rarely as a treat, but as a staple part of the diet it's terrible and causes digestive trouble. He did love it though ;)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2011 8:04pm (Feb 19th 2011)
     
    We all need a little treat now and then Red.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2011 5:41pm (Feb 20th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :face-smile:
    Ron has the same talent as chickens in that when you are doing something he rushes over to 'help'...and all he actually does is get in the way! A few times a week you have to water and turn over the soil in his house, and he is always such a nuisance! Running over full pelt and climbing on the spoon, inspecting the hole as you are turning the dirt...funny but annoying :smile:

    And every time you lift him away he runs back in a few seconds! He finally got distracted by his leftover dinner though haha. Here are some photos of the little devil:
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2011 8:23pm (Feb 20th 2011)
     
    Ron is just too cute, Red..He's just trying to be momma's little helper.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2011 9:05pm (Feb 20th 2011)
     
    Love the 'action' photo that shows his turn of speed!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2011 10:01pm (Feb 20th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh yes, he can't half move when he wants to! People always laugh when I talk about Ron running, and I get really annoyed trying to stick up for him...and then of course when I want to show them he walks slow as anything hahaha :tooth:

    Lynn he's so spoilt, he's such a grumpy boy and really sulks if you don't do what he wants. I'm gonna have to start being stern with him!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2011 4:54pm (Feb 21st 2011)
     
    Posted By: RedOh yes, he can't half move when he wants to! People always laugh when I talk about Ron running, and I get really annoyed trying to stick up for him...and then of course when I want to show them he walks slow as anything hahaha


    They can run very quick Red when they are fully warmed up monty is just the same and like you said earlier they follow you everywhere always under your feet it does not change as they get older.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2011 5:04pm (Feb 21st 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh great... :tooth:

    Nah just joking I love him to bits, I was sat watching him sleep today. He just looked so cute and kept bobbing his head and feet in his sleep!!!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2011 5:13pm (Feb 21st 2011)
     
    they are so cute Red he is a dear little fella :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2011 5:15pm (Feb 21st 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah, I can't wait until he is fully grown and we have a 'proper' sized tortoise wandering round the house :tooth:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2011 5:19pm (Feb 21st 2011)
     
    Believe me Red you will not want him running around the house they have a habit of going straight through an obstacle instead of going round it and they are very strong when fully grown the males are worse than the females they are always on the lookout for a mate!!!!! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2011 9:08pm (Feb 23rd 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh god Ron tackles the cactus that Joe bought for him daily, and so far he's won every time. He's a stubborn little git!

    Ron could be male or female really, I'm just going by tail length and shell curve on classing him as a male.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2011 10:40pm (Feb 23rd 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ron in the bath yesterday:
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2011 5:01pm (Feb 24th 2011)
     
    You will soon be able to use him as the plug!! I am sure he has grown.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2011 8:38pm (Feb 24th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha, that's the idea, we don't have a plug for our bathroom sink!! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2011 6:19pm (Mar 2nd 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Photos of Ronston...

    First of all the cavern he dug, and secondly look at his mouth in the eating pic!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2011 6:21pm (Mar 2nd 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And these are from today, with him eating his 'big boy' food...we don't have to chop his food up anymore, it's brill!! Saves us hours!
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    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2011 6:46pm (Mar 2nd 2011) edited
     
    Red Does he play ten pin bowling because he has left a skittle up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lovely pictures Red he is great!!!!!!!!!! :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2011 8:09pm (Mar 2nd 2011)
     
    Cor you sure he hasn't got a flip top head with a gape like that !!!! Thats a hug cavern he has dug out for himself, it is good as he is keeping himself active and amused.
    You did well finding him a dandelion in flower.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2011 10:43pm (Mar 2nd 2011)
     
    What is the powder that's on his food? I was always told garlic was good for the rats, but the smell would hang around for so long I didn't give it them much.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2011 10:50pm (Mar 2nd 2011)
     
    I reckon it's cocaine...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2011 12:18am (Mar 3rd 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I know NN, first dandelion flower of the year!!!

    It's calcium and vitamin dust :P
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2011 8:22pm (Mar 7th 2011)
     
    Red, Ron's little mouth is HUGE! He looks like he really LOVES his chow.
    He really looks healthy.