Fred's Enclosure

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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Tracy33 » Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:29 pm

That looks really nice Mac , would love to see some more pics . :)
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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Mac » Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:14 pm

vikki01 wrote:That looks really good - is Fred enjoying it?:)


Definitely adding more pics and better quality next time! :)

I would say he puts up with it whereas when he was in a small place he wasn't happy. Maybe I should be hiding the borders with more planting so that he doesn't try and find a way over the border all the time. But is this the same for all tortoises, always looking for a way out?

He went bonkers in his internal table but because he has a lamp in there he settled down.

He seems to be fairly intelligent having 50 years of human experience and very good at getting his own way!
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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Mac » Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:52 pm

Bigjoe wrote:Looks fantastic Mac,well done ,good to hear Fred's all ok now...more pics please.
Joe

Thanks Joe. Freds had a lot of help from the vet and a few drugs to get him eating better (plus a loan of half a grand). If anyone wants to know about his treatment please drop me a line. I thought he hated his indoor place, but that was just first day nerves and creative finger painting.

Now I'm going to upload a few outdoor pics. The first will be better quality but similar to previous.
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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Bigjoe » Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:04 pm

Mac interested in the hasp' s you've used on this build,they look very security in mind which we all need to share.
Good stuff Mac
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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Mac » Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:39 pm

Bigjoe wrote:Mac interested in the hasp' s you've used on this build,they look very security in mind which we all need to share.
Good stuff Mac
Joe


Yeah we got burgled a year ago and I had to remove (being gentle here) a rat once. So I've done my best to prevent these two things. As you know this enclosure had to be rushed for Fred, but I took some preventative measures.

First the hasps. These I got from B&Q (available in other good hardware stores). As you know a padlock fits through two loops to lock a door. But these loops have to be screwed onto the door to fit them and that makes them easily removed by any low life with a screwdriver. Now, the husps fit over the screws and then the padlock closes over the husp thus making it harder to break in.

Now onto the mesh. I stapled it onto the doors. I have also fitted mesh to the base of the enclosure. Small rats can't get through half inch mesh and they burrow.

Pics follow now and I'll tell you about further security measures put in place (if your eyelids aren't dropping yet :)
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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Mac » Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:48 pm

Clara wrote:Great job Mac, Bet Fred (see what I did there lol) really enjoys being outside again.

Clara

:D Thanks Clara. He's a Bet Fred alright. Especially when rock climbing and ends up on his back. He does like it outside very much thanks, but he will always suggest improvements by wiggling his legs when I go to bring him in! I still have to walk him when back from work sometimes. He has gained weight and we hope to keep him as stuffed as possible before transferring his diet from little gems to weeds.

I'll add a close up pic of the enclosure security which is wood but nearly as strong as steel:
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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Mac » Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:06 pm

The next pic shows the underside of a door in close-up. The doors are made of outdoor timber. Security measures are given below:

1. Each side of a frame has been built using not a single length, but two lengths of timber. This made the frame far more rigid.
2. I ensured the screw heads used in the build are hidden when the doors are closed. So they can't be unscrewed by undesireds just like the husps mentioned previously. By screwing upwardly you can achieve this. A dark screw head can be seen in the picture.
3. By using two lengths of wood for each side I could also sandwich the mesh which makes it harder wearing and harder for animals and human animals to break in. The mesh has been stapled as well before screwing each pair of timber lengths together.
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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Mac » Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:24 pm

The sandwiched mesh can be seen in the next picture and the double lengths. Yes those are two screw heads I went and left exposed. Doh! :oops:
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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Mac » Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:27 pm

This is the inside:
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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Mac » Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:34 pm

I hope to build a larger one for Fred soon. He seems to like socialising with feet. Do yours? With that in mind and going on Joes idea on changing the design thought process; I am thinking about building patio / decking that incorporates Fred's enclosure. This way Fred gets more space and we benefit from extra pots and planting.
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