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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2011 10:34pm (Mar 7th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh yes, he loves his food does our Ronston :P

    Interestingly though, since he has been eating his food whole, he has been leaving the raspberry leaves and refusing to eat them. One less plant to pick!!

    Thanks Lynn :D Here are some pics from him burying and then racing out because he thought I had food:
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    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2011 7:38am (Mar 8th 2011)
     
    He is great Red.I am checking Monty my tortoise regular at the moment as in the next 4 weeks or so he should be waking up,it is always exciting when he wakes up :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2011 12:11am (Mar 9th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw bless him. Did you say he was about forty? I think I remember reading that on another thread...

    We keep meaning to order the run so we can take Ron outside, as within a month or so it should be getting warm enough for him!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2011 7:30am (Mar 10th 2011)
     
    Yes red between forty and forty five we think.
    Ron will love exploring the outside world Red.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2011 12:21pm (Mar 13th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Cor, just think Ron will hopefully be that old some day :)

    Here is Ron enjoying his second dandelion flower of the year! They're his favourite plant so far:
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2011 1:41pm (Mar 13th 2011)
     
    oh he is certainly tucking into that and enjoying every mouth full. They will be full of lovely vitamins and goodness for him.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2011 5:50pm (Mar 13th 2011)
     
    Monty loves Dandelion leaves red not the Flower !!!!!!! the trouble with Monty he likes something different every year!!!!!!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2011 6:26pm (Mar 13th 2011)
     
    He's getting well stuck into that; you can almost hear him saying 'Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...'
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2011 9:30pm (Mar 13th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We're gonna have to start freezing dandelion flowers so we can use them all year round I swear, today he didn't get one with his breakfast and he refused to eat for about ten minutes - that is a LONG time for Ron!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2011 7:48pm (Mar 14th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well we have been playing our favourite game recently...tortoise pin bowling!!

    Hopefully you'll be able to watch below, and can I add that neither of the videos are sped up - he runs towards his food in one of them, the second I think, and that is actually how fast he is...and when I prod him when he is asleep, that is how fast he wakes up and comes exploring too C:

    This was our first attempt:

    http://s266.photobucket.com/albums/ii264/Red_Jellybean/?action=view¤t=DSCF1638.mp4

    Second, he nudged it, so I let him have that ;)

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2011 7:56pm (Mar 14th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And, to prove that the little devil must have grown since we've had him, here's a photo of him climbing the sides of his house...he's big enough to look out now, and he'll be big enough to climb over in no time!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2011 3:59pm (Mar 16th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ron's diet this week:

    Plantain
    Grass
    Dandelion leaves and flowers
    And two daisies, his first ever! They're not too good for him so he only gets a few :smile:

    And his weight:

    16/3/11
    size: 80mm
    weight: 100 grams
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2011 6:23pm (Mar 16th 2011)
     
    He's doing great, Red!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2011 6:05pm (Mar 17th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you Lynn...Wow I didn't realise he'd grown 5mm until I looked back at the first page!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2011 8:30pm (Mar 17th 2011)
     
    Loved the little film clips Red he sure has a good turn of speed when he wants to. He is doing really well Bless him.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2011 9:57pm (Mar 17th 2011)
     
    Yes, Speedy Gonzales!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2011 9:45pm (Mar 18th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He can move fast, really fast! It's always impressive when he puts on a burst of speed :P
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2011 2:00am (Mar 19th 2011)
     
    Dear little chap! makes me smile.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2011 10:56pm (Mar 19th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Makes me smile too, when I'm not muttering in anger at him!!! :tooth:

    Today I dunked him seven times in a row in his water bowl to try get him to drink (you usually have to do it three or four times before he realises oh yes, he IS really thirsy, and has a huge drink) but today he was getting very annoyed so in the end I left him to it...poor mite had probably already had a huge drink and I hadn't noticed :P

    Then I woke him up at about 8pm because he'd left a daisy and some grass from his tea, and he'd dug himself in for the night. He got up and followed my fingers to the bowl, where I waved the daisy in front of his to try to get him to eat it and then, with as much anger as he could summon, he trundled back to his burrow and returned to bed!

    He's gonna be in the worst mood every tomorrow...!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2011 2:31am (Mar 20th 2011)
     
    ha ha ha Red, he sounds like the grumpy old chap in the retirement village :face-sad:where nurse keeps waking him to ask if wants a sleeping pill!!!!!!:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2011 10:38am (Mar 20th 2011)
     
    Red this is what Monty is like very grumpy old man they get very angry sometimes its very funny!!!!!!!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2011 4:38pm (Mar 20th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha, oh yeah they're the grumpy old men of the animal world!! He refused to get out of bed today, so Lyle repeatedly woke him up...oh, you should have seen his face!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2011 5:04pm (Mar 20th 2011)
     
    Oh i can imagine Red what that was like !!!!!!!!!!!!!! :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2011 8:01pm (Mar 20th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha, he also refused half of his tea today, in protest I think! He seems to do better if we feed him two small meals a day rather than one big one.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2011 8:13pm (Mar 25th 2011)
     
    I found a beautiful big dandelion flower today and a nice new tasty looking plaintain plant in my veg garden today and thought to myself cor Ron would have loved those.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2011 8:37pm (Mar 25th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We almost took Ron out today but decided it might not *quite* be warm enough yet - but soon, and we can have the dog roaming about too! :)

    Here is a gorgeous pic of him exploring my 'fwog' blanket the other day!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2011 6:35pm (Mar 26th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha, Ron has made a friend for life!! Kasper has decided he loves Ronston, and Ron has been very busy tormenting him by walking up to the side of his house and glaring at Kasper...

    Kasper was licking the bars trying to give Ron kisses :rainbow:
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2011 8:27pm (Mar 26th 2011)
     
    :face-devil-grin:I think he was only pretending to give him kisses, I think Kasper is wonderering what he tastes like. I said before that Ron looked like a little meat pie with legs and I reckon that's what Kasper is thinking as well.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2011 8:04pm (Mar 27th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahahaha! Today when it was time to feed Ron we didn't tell him to stay away or anything, we just got on with it. He showed interest and when he came near Ron's open house we made him sit down. He was very good and calm, and I got Ron out and showed him to Kasper. He hasn't been so interested in Ron since...I think Ron is a bit miffed!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2011 9:23pm (Mar 28th 2011)
     
    Good idea Red it is the not knowing what something is that makes them so intense.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2011 12:59am (Mar 29th 2011)
     
    NN a meat pie with legs that make me laugh every time I think about it.:face-smile:

    Great work Red introducing all the family to each other, they have to learn to get along , watch out or Bam will be after Kaspar's dinner.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2011 10:13am (Mar 29th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh yes, Bam loves dog food and treats, and Pearl is partial to a bit of cat and dog kibble every now and then too :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2011 5:35pm (Mar 29th 2011)
     
    I have chickens who rummage in the rabbit cage and eat their leftovers, and rabbits who eat chicken corn.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2011 9:45am (Mar 30th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    haha, doesn't do them any harm though does it. Apart from when Kasper tries to inhale Ron's calcium dust...I'm starting to wonder what that stuff really is :mouse:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2011 3:42pm (Apr 4th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ron has got some awesome grub going on at the moment!

    Dandelion leaves and flower
    Sticky bud
    Plantain
    Clover
    Raspberry leaf
    Grass
    Meadow hay

    Spring is brilliant for feeding Ron :)
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 5th, 2011 2:03am (Apr 5th 2011)
     
    Red why don't you collect the seed from his food plants then you can plant some in pots on your kitchen window sill during the autumn for fresh greens for him the winter months. Just gather some dandelion clocks on a dry day just before they disperse and keep them in an envelope till you want to plant them. Plaintain seeds should be easy to get as well.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeApr 5th, 2011 7:45am (Apr 5th 2011)
     
    What a great idea NN your amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 5th, 2011 5:37pm (Apr 5th 2011)
     
    She's not just a pretty face...you could do a hanging basket of dandelions, Red. It's the only thing that grows in ours!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 5th, 2011 7:03pm (Apr 5th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha! Yeah we're planning on having quite a few seed trays with the plants we struggle to find them over the winter...dandelion, clover, might try grow some pansies...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 8th, 2011 1:25pm (Apr 8th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some photos of the little man! Haha, love the one where he is peeking XD
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    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 9th, 2011 4:40am (Apr 9th 2011)
     
    Hi Ron how are you doing buddy, all right eh, getting lots of nice greens there I imagine. You lucky little chap.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 9th, 2011 9:01pm (Apr 9th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He's as happy as he ever is at the moment, haha! We bought the run for him, but it got sent to Lyle's parents address as we forgot to change it, doh! But we'll get him out in the sun soon ^__^
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 15th, 2011 9:47pm (Apr 15th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Here's the little cutie pie! It was weigh day today, so (drum roll please!)...

    15/05/2011
    Size: 82mm (wow!)
    weight: 112 (double wow!!)

    He's doing really well - HE HAS GROWN 1CM!!! :bigsmile:
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2011 9:05pm (Apr 16th 2011)
     
    Oh Bless him he is such a sweetie pie and a lovely picture of him as well.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2011 5:31am (Apr 17th 2011)
     
    Oh my a whole cm, good boy he must be eating well.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2011 7:57pm (Apr 17th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    1cm seems a tiny amount to grow in almost exactly 6 months to us, but I think it's quite a lot for a tortoise :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2011 4:04pm (Apr 20th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We finally have Ron's run, it's huuuuuge! Too big to put up in the living room! This is the roof of it so you can get a sense of scale...
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2011 7:24pm (Apr 20th 2011)
     
    Awww, Red...Kasper is a sweetheart pup. I'm so glad you found each other, he's going to have a wonderful life with you and Lyle.

    What does Ron's pen look like all put together, if the bottom is that big? Is this for an outdoor run for little Ron in good weather?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2011 1:45pm (Apr 21st 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He is a sweetheart, and he keeps us on our toes too!!

    The 'cage' part of the run is similar to Kasp's crate, but silver and not as 'solid.' We're hoping to take Ron out in it within the next few days (the weather is supposed to keep getting hotter) so I'll let you know how it goes! It's a lot bigger than we thought it was going to be, we were just going to use it as a run for him this summer but a few years down the line that'll probably end up being his permanent home, right up until he's 7 / 8, as long as it's secure enough :bigsmile:

    I'll take some pics but might not be able to put them up straight away as I'm waiting on a new laptop charger...Lyle's laptop can't read the SD card in the camera :(

    We've been booked in to look after Lyle's parents' animals for a week in summer, so we're going to take the run up to Lyle's with us so Ron can live outside for the week :bigsmile:

    Obviously if the weather's cold he'll have to stay inside in a tank a little smaller than his house, but hopefully it'll be warm enough so he can stay out.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2011 1:36pm (Apr 27th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Poor Ron has been a bit poorly for about 4 days now. He was off his food at first and then became very inactive, one day he didn't even dig out of the soil.

    These past few days though he has eaten (today he ate a whole meal, and he got himself out of bed instead of us having to dig him out!) so hopefully he's on the mend, but because of this he hasn't been outside yet.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2011 10:19pm (Apr 27th 2011)
     
    Do you think he might've eaten something that upset him? Anything new? Is there any info you can find on the net? Glad he seems to be picking up, hope he continues to improve.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2011 5:06pm (Apr 28th 2011)
     
    Do they eat less when it's hot?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2011 6:19pm (Apr 28th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He's had moments of this before, there's been a few times when he's stopped being as active and eating, so I'm hoping it'll just clear up. We had to wake him up again today but for the first time he ate all his meal without leaving a single bite C:

    I'm not sure CC. It could even be that it's cooled down for him though, because we turned the heat lamp down to accommodate for the hot weather! We've upped it a little now, but the temps were still fine for him. If he's still a bit off in a few days I'll post about it on a reptile forum I think.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2011 1:21pm (Apr 30th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Okay, we posted on a forum and they recommended bathing him once a day to prevent him getting dehydrated. They said it probably wasn't something to be concerned about, but I think we're going to take him to the vets after the weekend. The forum has a sticky of recommended tortoise vets, and one is in Newcastle-Under-Lyme! So that's good.

    Today in his bath he was very active and alert, and he has eaten the small breakfast of dandelion that we gave him :bigsmile:
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    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2011 8:28pm (Apr 30th 2011)
     
    he he in the first pic it looks like he has just cimbed out of the plug hole, the little darling.:001_smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2011 8:42pm (Apr 30th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha he really does TM, good spot!
    I'm pleased to report that he ate every mouthful of his tea, so he's eaten both meals today :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2011 9:53pm (Apr 30th 2011)
     
    I didn't even know a tortoise needed a bath! He is very sweet, and it's a good idea to see that vet at this point so that you can decide whether you think he/she is any good before you really need one. It's always a good idea to get him checked over though.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2011 1:25pm (May 1st 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The bath's aren't really to clean him, they're more to keep him hydrated and encourage him to poo (!). He usually has one once or twice a week, so it's quite a shock for him being bathed daily :tooth:

    Today he was quite active in his bath and has eaten all his breakfast, hurray!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2011 7:11pm (May 10th 2011)
     
    I hope little Ron is going to be alright, Red.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2011 7:14pm (May 16th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We're taking him to the vets this week, it's supposed to be really good with tortoises. Hopefully he's not losing too much weight as he is eating a little and he's not very active. I'm hoping the vet can suss out what's up with him and get him wormed too.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2011 9:56pm (May 16th 2011)
     
    Good luck with the visit Red. Let us know what the vet says.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2011 10:09pm (May 16th 2011)
     
    oh I do hope you can get him sorted out soon Red. Good luck at the vets.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2011 10:51pm (May 16th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Me too *sigh* thank you both. It's annoying because it's not like another animal where withholding food or doing something else different would help, but at the same time most vets aren't able to give good advice because tortoises are exotic pets.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2011 9:17pm (May 18th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well, we phoned the vets recommended to us and they basically said they had no experience with tortoises so don't bring Ronston there...oh great :glare:

    At least they were honest! So we phoned the vets we take Kasper to, and although they didn't have a specialist they said they'd see what they could do. We took him up with Kasper in tow, and Lyle and the dog waited outside whilst I took Ron in. They were actually really good; the vet brought the receptionist in, as she has a tortoise of her own that's 50 years old!!

    They checked Ron's mouth and weight and everything else, and in the end said we were doing everything right and they didn't know what was wrong. Said keep doing what you're doing, sometimes tortoises do become less active and stop eating for a few weeks, and if there's no change in a fortnight bring him back. They also sold us this powder stuff that's supposed to be a boost for reptiles (like Apple Cider Vinegar with chickens!) that you put in his bath / water.

    Even though nothing really got sorted, I'm glad that it's nothing to worry about just yet! Fingers crossed Ron gets his act together :laugh:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2011 9:28pm (May 18th 2011)
     
    Glad you found a little bit of help Red, I was thinking about it and wonder if it is because of the weather, My snails are being really idle and sleepy at the moment. They only seem to make an effort if I give them a bath. They haven't hibernated but just bury into the substrate a little way and don't even bother to retract into their shells. They eat well after their bath then get sluggish again.....no pun intended. They still have their heat mat on as it isn't really warm enough to turn it off yet as they are in a well shaded and cool part of the room.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2011 9:40pm (May 18th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ha ha! Yeah they mentioned the weather as a possibility too. I guess I hadn't expected it to affect Ron, what with his heat lamp being on a dimmer switch (so we can fiddle with the temp whenever we like) but we did lower it a little because it was so hot outside, and that's round about when he started acting up.

    It was funny because when I told them how he refused to dig out of his burrow unless we woke him, they called him lazy and said it's the same with males of any species ahahaha sorry male hencammers!! :rofl:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2011 10:03pm (May 18th 2011)
     
    Ha ha that's funny about the male species, How nice they seem there Red, it puts your mind at ease when they can talk to you in a normal sort of way and are prepared to try and help honestly.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2011 10:14pm (May 18th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah it was a good experience, and grumpy Ron behaved impeccably! They only charged £16 (and the powder was £7) which I didn't think was bad at all.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2011 11:23pm (May 18th 2011)
     
    Vets are usually fairly reasonable with smaller pets, especially when they don't exactly know what they're doing. If he isn't any better in a couple of weeks ask them if they can recommend another vet who has experience.

    Or, is there a local zoo? They may have a vet there who could suggest somewhere to take him. I doubt they'd look at him unless they have a private practice too - got to be worth a try if its needed, but I hope he will perk up soon and not need it.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2011 6:03pm (May 19th 2011)
     
    That was an absolute bargain Red; good that you've found a sympathetic - and cheap! - vet.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2011 12:46pm (May 20th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    There is a local zoo Kate, that's a good idea.

    I'm hoping he'll pick up soon. At least I don't have to worry about him starving to death, apparently he's way over the minimum weight and well into the healthy range. They also commented on what an active little guy he was, and all he was doing was shuffling a little! I said he used to be much more active and never used to stop, and they both seemed surprised.

    If it wasn't for the fact that he doesn't get out of bed or eat, I'd just put it down to him maturing. I think tortoises do get lazier as they age.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2011 11:47pm (May 21st 2011)
     
    Yep Red, just like a man does!!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2011 5:17am (May 22nd 2011)
     
    How is the little darling doing, Red?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2011 2:51pm (May 23rd 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well we've been away for the weekend to Morecambe so we've not seen how he's been acting. We left him some food as usual but he left most of it. I'm guessing no improvement yet but we'll get back to bathing him daily now.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2011 8:33pm (May 23rd 2011)
     
    My snails have been just the same Red, I have wasted more food than they have eaten and you know how they go at their food. I gave them a warm bath (under the tap) on Sunday morning. then tidied up their vivarium they ate a small bit of cucumber had a quick look around, checked out their cuttlefish and went back to sleep. It hasn't been warm here all day in fact I put the heating on for a few hours. I am sure it is the weather affecting them.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2011 5:32pm (May 25th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I keep getting annoyed at all the food Ron is wasting - then I remember it's free! :rofl:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2011 3:46pm (Jun 15th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Two days in a row Ron has woken himself and eaten now! Getting a little hopeful :) We've been trying to feed him 'junk' food (lettuce and vegetables) in the hope he'll find those more appealing, although he did eat some clover last night.

    We phoned the vets a few days ago and they said don't bring him in just yet, wait another week, and if he's no better they'll have another look then contact a specialist.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2011 8:11pm (Jun 15th 2011)
     
    I didn't realise Ron was still not well. I hope this is a good sign and that he'll finally start to get better, poor boy!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2011 2:43pm (Jun 16th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Me too! Feels like he's been like this for ages now, it's quite a shock to see him up and about. He's eaten a huge meal of vegetables today, got himself up BEFORE HIS LIGHT CAME ON :bigsmile: and was racing about before we gave him his bath and food. He's still up now too.

    Fingers crossed!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2011 7:35am (Jun 17th 2011)
     
    I hope Ron is really on the mend now, Red. (crossing fingers that he's over the worst of it.)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2011 10:09pm (Jun 17th 2011)
     

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    I think he might be Lynn!!! He ate a massive meal today, in two bursts, and has been running around his house all day just like he used to :bigsmile: It's so lovely to see, me and Lyle are beside ourselves.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 20th, 2011 11:29am (Jun 20th 2011) edited
     

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    I think we're at the point where we can say Ron is officially better!

    Here he is waiting for his bath to be run, and then enjoying a nice soak :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 20th, 2011 12:01pm (Jun 20th 2011) edited
     

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    Don't think I've posted these yet - here's Ron attacking his plant pot! At one point he was actually underneath it and the plant pot was just scudding around his house :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 20th, 2011 7:49pm (Jun 20th 2011)
     
    He's grown, Red - you must be doing something right! :D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 20th, 2011 11:11pm (Jun 20th 2011)
     
    Perhaps he was on a growth spurt! My son would always be under the weather if he was growing - he didn't do it gradually, just used to wake up a couple of inches taller!

    He looks lovely Red - sounds like he was playing daleks with the plant pot!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 21st, 2011 8:04am (Jun 21st 2011)
     
    I'm so pleased that Ron is feeling much better now, Red..he looks good.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 21st, 2011 3:18pm (Jun 21st 2011)
     

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    It's great to see him happy again! He had a naughty strawberry treat today, just because he's well again to celebrate.

    We're popping the dog away and letting Ron out for a run around the room when we get back from the walk too, because we think he might be bored after being stuck in his house for so long. We're also gonna collect some rocks and try build some new interesting landmarks for him, like a mountain that won't topple!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 21st, 2011 10:26pm (Jun 21st 2011)
     
    That's a lovely idea Red, I love how hard you work to make their habitats special. I'm sure Kasper will be ready for a nap after his walk so its a good time for Ron to have some time out.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 27th, 2011 1:06pm (Jun 27th 2011)
     

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    I think Ron is looking for love, and that's what all the running around is about :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 27th, 2011 5:37pm (Jun 27th 2011)
     
    Buy him a meat pie...:tooth:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2011 12:20am (Jun 28th 2011)
     
    Posted By: chief chickenBuy him a meat pie...:tooth:" alt=":tooth:" src="http:///hencam_forum/extensions/Vanillacons/smilies/happy/tooth.gif" />


    Waaaahahaha :rollonfloorlaughing:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2011 6:23pm (Jun 28th 2011)
     

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    Ahahaha honestly he is just on the go CONSTANTLY! Kasper obviously thinks this means Ron wants to play and is constantly trying to break him out *roll eyes* !
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2011 11:23pm (Jun 28th 2011)
     
    Maybe you should get Kasper the meat pie!!! (then again, that might just encourage him!)
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJun 29th, 2011 9:52am (Jun 29th 2011)
     
    a meat pie hahahahahahahahaha me too Lynn!!:rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 29th, 2011 11:19am (Jun 29th 2011)
     

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    I'm not giving Kasper any more human food, he finds enough out on walks!! Recently he's emerged from bushes carrying a fresh dead fish neatly chopped in half (?!?) and a full cornish pasty! *sigh*
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 7th, 2011 10:08pm (Jul 7th 2011)
     
    He believes in living off the land then Red.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 8th, 2011 1:13pm (Jul 8th 2011)
     

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    Yes indeedy, yesterday it was a chicken bone and a pigeon with it's guts hanging out...very proud of my hunter gatherer dog! :P

    Ron's definitely looking for love. It's the only reason we can think of why he would suddenly be racing around trying to climb out his house haha!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 18th, 2011 8:36pm (Jul 18th 2011) edited
     

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    Ron is still constantly on the go, quite a few times he's run up the log tunnel and fallen down the other side, either face planting the ground or landing on his back!

    It's been quite a reassurance for me and Lyle as when we've left him for a few days before we've worried about him getting stuck on his back, but he's very adept at righting himself!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2011 5:51pm (Jul 19th 2011)
     
    That would be a worry re having a tortoise, I can see. I didn't realise they could get right side up without assistance...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2011 4:06pm (Jul 20th 2011)
     

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    It seems some can, some can't. Most owners put rocks in their tort's cage so they can use those to right themselves, but Ron's is so packed he can just use whatever is nearby! :smile: