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MORNING ALL,WELL, DID I HAVE A STRANGE PHONE CALL YESTERDAY OR WHAT! IT WAS ON MY MOBILE AND FROM A MAN PRETENDING TO BE FROM "PETS 4 HOMES" HE SHOUTED AND RANTED ABOUT ME AND MY TORTOISES AND HOW I CAN'T SELL MY HATCHLINGS AND ALL SORTS OF OTHER VERY ODD THINGS! HE WOUD NOT LET ME SPEAK AND VERBALLY THREATENED ME !! I PUT THE PHONE DOWN AND IMMEDIATELY EMAILED "PETS 4 HOMES" AND ASKED THEM TO EXPLAIN. THEY WERE WONDERFUL AND CAME BACK TO ME ALMOST IMMEDIATELY EXPLAINING IT WAS NOT THEM THEY WERE VERY HAPPY WITH MY ADVERTS ETC AND UNFORTUNATELY YOU DO GET PEOPLE LIKE THIS ABUSING THEIR SITE. THEY ASKED ME IF I HAD HIS NUMBER BUT OBVIOUSLY IT WAS UNAVAILABLE !! THEY ASKED ME IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN TO LET THEM KNOW AND THEY WOULD INVESTIGATE . THEY WERE WONDERFUL. I TOLD THEM I DID HAVE THE COMPLETE CALL RECORDED BECAUSE IF I GET ANY WITHELD NUMBERS TO MY LANDLINE OR MOBILE I ALWAYS SWITCH MY RECORDER ON JUST IN CASE!!! I AM SO GLAD I DID BECAUSE I HAVE THIS MANS VOICE AND THREATS ON RECORD. NEXT I SPOKE TO THE AUTHORITIES ABOUT IT AND WAS ADVISED TO KEEP THE RECORDING AND IF IT HAPPENED AGAIN ALTHOUGH THE NUMBER WAS WITHELD IT IS VERY VERY EASY TO TRACE IT !!!!!!!!!!!! SO THERE YOU ARE .. IT DID UPSET ME FOR A MINUTE BUT THEN I WENT AND SAT WITH GERTIE AND FELT BETTER STRAIGHT AWAY. ISN'T IT A SHAME YOU CANNOT LIVE YOUR LIFE HAPPILY AND QUIETLY WITHOUT SOMEONE WANTING TO SPOIL IT FOR YOU, WELL YOU DIDN'T !!
Well, what a busy time my girls are having.. I now have eggs in the incubator from Daisy and Buttercup (Hermanns) and then Bertha laid today (Spur Thighed) and finally would you believe it Gertie (Spur Thighed)yes Gertie who is nearly 140 !! has laid some today and one of them is a double !! It looks perfect but just double in length so it maybe twins!!!! I hope this year they may hatch but if not at least she has expelled them. I am soo excited , just think if these little eggs hatch what a fantastic amazing thing it would be; I don't know if I could part with any of them... We will have to wait and see.
HI everyone, well, it has been a little while since my last blog but things have been rather hectic. I must talk about the picture gallery.I was going to post pictures of all the new girls and boys who have joined the clan but having spoken to a breeder friend of mine about security I have decided unfortunately not to do this anymore. Although I have numerous cameras and 24 hour cctv , some as you come onto the propery and when you leave it along with many cameras for the pens etc both indoors and out plus night vision !!! I have been advised you cannot be too careful. I always ask my buyers not to tell anyone where I am but .... Both my friend and I have received odd phone calls asking many times where abouts we are. I never say until I know the person is really serious about a hatchling and it is really easy to read when someone is just fishing for a location. So, please never say where I am just tell anyone interested to ring me first. Getting back to the pictures, all these lovely girls and boys are just tooooo precious to risk it. Therefore anyone who was waiting I am sorry but please be assured it is because I care very much for they safety and well being. Anyone who would like to know how their donated toroise is please ring me or email me and then you can come and see them..
Hi everyone, sorry it's been a while but I have been busy with all the girls and boys waking up. They are all eating well and have had a few long baths as well as eyes and faces washed !! I am very happy to say I have a few donated old girls and boys who have also settled in really well and are loving the space, food and company. I will be taking pictures soon and putting them on the gallery, I am just waiting for a really sunny day. I will also post pictures of the 2 new pens. I have moved the younger Torties into them and they are loving their new space. .Girls in one and boys in the other. We did have a couple of nice days recently so they all went onto the lawn for a wander and that was lovely to watch as they still like to hang out together; they don't all wander off in different directions. As long as the weather warms up soon my girls should start laying but if they don't well thats fine too. I have planted lots of weeds seeds that were kindly given to me and they have sprouted already. I have also planted greens and cabbages and I will also plant tomatoes as they love them. It has been a great year for dandelions , I walk up the lane every day and literally fill a carrier bag !! What a feast...
HI everyone. I thought I would write about waking from hibernation as I have received lots of emails from worried owners.. The weather has been so cold that every thing is late this year.Normally most would wake from mid March to the end of the month but because of the snow/cold they are still not awake. Or ,if they have they are very very sluggish. None of mine are awake yet and of course it is a worrying time but you can't force them to wake up. Whilst they are sleeping they are not using energy so are fine. I understand the worry about enough weight to sustain them but there is not much to do other than wait. If you are concerned after checking that your tortie is very light in weight then you can bring it indoors so that it will wake slowly in the house . It is not a good idea however to put it under a lamp because it won't be long before it goes back into the garden with the cooler temperature. Of course I am on tender hooks and I check 3 times a day !!The weather is meant to be warmer early next week so hopefully we will all be busy bathing and breathing a sigh of relief !!
Hi all, today I want to talk about keeping different species and different sexes together. Firstly, you can keep different species together; I have kept both Hermanns and Spur Thighed together for over 36 years and never had any problems. What I have never done however is keep the girls and boys together as this can be very stressful for both . The girls live happily with other girls and I only put one boy in when I know it is mating season and both parties are happy. If the girl is not ready she will not let the boy have his way and normally he will leave her alone. I only allow a short time and then remove him as it can be stressful for him as well. Now, this obviously works really well as all my girls are really happy and produced lots of hatchlings last year and many years before that. So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE remember, always keep the girls and boys apart other than at mating times so as not to cause any stress. The mating window is small and after that the girls want to relax as when it comes to laying the eggs.........Well, that takes about 5 hours... With hatchlings it is a different matter; both sexes should live happily together indoors . They should go into the garden full time year 4 or 5 and by that time out door pens areas should be ready. If you get a male trying his luck or being a bit of a bully before this then he should be seperated from the girls straight away. He is too young to mate but it can be an act of domination. Also, if you add another tortoise or two each year to the hatchlings you already have you can sometimes get some rivalry when the new one can be bullied for a few days by the ones who are already settled. This usually settles down after a little while but again if it doesn't then the offending tortoise should be seperated for a few hours at a time until things have calmed down. I must say I have never had anyone of my buyers tell me they have had this problem and as long as the housing is large there should be sufficient space for all parties to live in peace.
HI EVERYONE, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL! I HOPE YOU ALL HAD A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND ARE NOW LOOKING FORWARD TO THE SPRING! I AM ,I DO LOVE THE BEAUTY OF WINTER AND I DO LOVE THE SNOW; BUT......... I MISS MY GIRLS AND BOYS AND CAN,T WAIT FOR THEM ALL TO WAKE UP. I ESPECIALLY WORRY ABOUT GERTIE AS SHE IS SOOOO OLD NOW. I AM IN PANIC MODE AROUND MARCH UNTIL SHE HAS WOKEN UP.ALSO, I HAVE NEW ONES THAT HAVE BEEN DONATED SO THEY ARE ALSO A WORRY BECAUSE SOME OF THEM HAVE NOT BEEN HIBERNATED BEFORE.. ......I DON'T RELAX UNTIL THEY ARE ALL BATHED ,EYES AND FACES WASHED AND HAVE HAD A LOVELY FRESH DRINK OF WATER..THEN I KNOW ALL IS OK AND THEY CAN ENJOY THE COMING SUMMER ,SWIMMING IN THEIR POOL EATING OFF THE BEST MENU AND ROMANCING THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRLS !!!! NOW , A WORD ABOUT YOUR HIBERNATING TORTIES; IT IS A GREAT TIME TO CHECK ALL IS WELL IN THEIR HOUSING. CHECK THE HAY IS DRY,GO ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE BOTTOM AND REPLACE ANY THAT FEELS DAMP.PACK IT BACK IN ALL AROUND THE TORTOISE ,IF THE HAY IS DRY IT CANNOT FREEZE OR ROT THE SHELL.TAKE HAY WITH YOU IN ;CASE YOU HAVE TO CHANGE SOME AND A BAG TO PUT THE OLD STUFF IN; THAT WAY IF YOU HAVE TO DO ANYTHING AND ARE WORRIED ABOUT DISTURBING THE TORTOISE YOU WON,T HAVE TO GO BACKWARDS AND FORWARD GETTING THINGS.DON'T WORRY ABOUT MOVING THE TORTOISE IT IS IN A REALLY DEEP SLEEP AND ALTHOUGH SOMETIMES THEY WILL MOVE A LIMB SLIGHTLY OR MAKE A SMALL NOISE THIS DOESN'T MEAN THEY ARE WAKING UP..ONCE YOU ARE SURE ALL IS OK CLOSE THE LID/DOOR AND LEAVE THEM TO SLEEP.ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE RING OR EMAIL ME....TAKE CARE..
HI all, well ,Xmas is almost here and I would just like to say have a wonderful time and thankyou so much all those of you who sent me some wonderful cards and gifts!! I look forward to talking to you in the new year and I have a wonderful idea for the Summer so watch this space !!!!