TT Winter Feeding Guide

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Re: TT Winter Feeding Guide

Postby princessv » Sat May 07, 2011 9:45 pm

Can anyone help me I took my tortoise to the vet yesterday and found out that all the information givEn to me about feeding the tortoise was wrong and I need to change his diet I have just purchased some seeds that I am going to grow a vaiety of different things but what is the best thing to buy in the supermarket to feed him until I have grown them ?

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Re: TT Winter Feeding Guide

Postby Joan » Sun May 08, 2011 10:35 am

Florette crispy salad can be fed on a temporary basis but you should be able to find weeds growing in your garden now. Things like dandelion and sow thistle can be mixed with the salad! How big is your tortoise - if he is only small you will probably find enough already growing.

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Re: TT Winter Feeding Guide

Postby princessv » Sun May 08, 2011 1:49 pm

Ok thankyou very much he is 4 do you know much about the lighting as we are currently going to get him a table box as he is in a tank n the vet told us that we need to get a UVB bulb would u still need this for a box ? Thanks again v
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Re: TT Winter Feeding Guide

Postby Janet » Tue May 10, 2011 2:05 pm

When indoors in a table your tortoise will need a uv and basking light. You can buy all in one bulbs or you can get separate heat lamps and uv tubes. have a look in the housing section, there is a lot of posts about lights
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Re: TT Winter Feeding Guide

Postby Jonesy » Sun Sep 25, 2011 3:08 pm

You need to look out for plants and weeds that they can eat and ensure that you can keep them growing throughout the winter, a greenhouse helps.

I sell the pre alpin high fibre which is very very useful for those tortoises needing to be fed throughout the winter. I have it all in stock ready for those winter months. Just go to my website.

I have also dried flowers throughout the summer and I have these in brown paper bags ready to sprinkle onto the other foods that I find for my tropicals.

I also pick leaves off suitable plants and freeze them, then put in bags in the freezer and these work really well, ready for use.
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Re: TT Winter Feeding Guide

Postby Tortoise Trust » Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:58 am

We will be publishing a REVISED Winter Feeding Guide soon.

The main difference: a recommendation to drastically increase fibre levels. This is based on our ongoing research as detailed here:
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Re: TT Winter Feeding Guide

Postby insenceaddict » Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:38 pm

Great, Andy, look forward to this.
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Re: TT Winter Feeding Guide

Postby btriznuez » Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:13 pm

Thanks for the information. We have brought a juvenile T. hornsfieldi into the family and I keep wondering how often i should add calcium and multivitamin supplements onto its food. The suplements are by ExoTerra and dosing is difficult since it gives you a tiny measuring spoon. This is the dose for 1 Kg of leaves! I also bought "specially designed dry pellets" to feed tortoises. I dont think it has tried them yet...

It has been home for just a couple of days and seems very happy on its table, it is adventurous moving around and looking at things. It seems to eat only once a day several leaves. After some hours of activity, it hides under a big piece of cork. I am sure it gets light for maybe five or six hours a day but certainly not the 10h i have seen in some information. Should i remove its shelter to have it more exposed?

Sorry for my long email but i want to look after our tortoise properly. I am aware of how inexperienced we are and wish to avoid as many mistakes as possible!


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Re: TT Winter Feeding Guide

Postby AliTBimbo » Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:56 pm

I think dependent on age, don't get me wrong, I am not an "expert" but from what I have read, baby torts need every day, even so do juveniles, I would GUESS at least 4x per week?? I'm sure expert will reply soon. I have learnt that calcium cannot be "overdosed" in the same way that D3 or any other vitamin can be, Nutrobal is great, as I said ( 1 pinch per 1kg of tort), I am no expert, we all learn more every day!!!! ;) And I would avoid pellets at all costs, leave the shelter in so that tort has good choice of temp etc ... 2114wt_835


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Re: TT Winter Feeding Guide

Postby Joan » Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:44 am

What are the "specially designed dry pellets" and who makes them? Young tortoises do need Nutrobal.
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