- Jan 12, 2016
Please keep me posted on available babies. What temperature did you incubate at?. I'm looking to add to the 3 I just purchased. Congrats and you might just want to buy a lottery ticket while you're at it.
Congrats. I just bought 3 babies and am looking for more. What temperature did you incubate at? Please keep me posted on your available offspring.
I have new 96x30" closed chamber enclosures from Animal Plastics https://apcages.com that are divided in half. That makes each side 48x30". Given that these guys are so small, I thought I might follow the example of breeders that have more experience with them than I do, and keep them in smaller tubs to start with. I decided to try coco coir for their substrate:
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It was just too messy. Sticking to them, sticking all over their food, fouling the water, etc…
I decided to switch to my usual fine grade orchid bark. Much better:
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Their little hide is more humid than the rest of the enclosure, but I'm not too concerned since the tub is contained inside the larger closed chamber. Away from the lights my humidity in there on multiple hygrometers is registering 99%. In their tub it stays 80-90% except when I leave the door slid open for ventilation while they are out in their soaking tubs. I replace the food and water while they are soaking so the door is open for 20-30 minutes. This is why the low on my hygrometer/thermometer shows 61% and the door was open for this pic which is why it is only at 78%. I'll walk up tomorrow and take a pic before opening the door.I like the setup, are you using a humid hide for them?
You might want to get a couple of those thermometer/hygrometer units to switch out and let them dry.
Mine have all had greatly shortened service lives when left in a high humidity enclosure for too long at a stretch.
Animal plastics T65. I love everything about these cages. Prefect design and materials for raising babies tortoises. I just order three more of their T25 size cages. https://apcages.com/collections/terrestrial-cages/products/t25-72l-x-30w-x-18h-1Nice set up man!!
They look absolutely ideal. I had seen a post about them not too long ago, so I did little looking into them, and definitely liked what I saw. That's too bad you have to wait so long. I really like the idea of not having to worry about paint flaking off and wood rotting down the road.Animal plastics T65. I love everything about these cages. Prefect design and materials for raising babies tortoises. I just order three more of their T25 size cages. https://apcages.com/collections/terrestrial-cages/products/t25-72l-x-30w-x-18h-1
Their customer service is good and the lady who takes the calls is competent and pleasant. My only complaint is the time it takes to get your cages. They got "discovered" a couple of years ago, and demand for their excellent cages has shot through the roof. They are a small company in a little rural town and demand is now far exceeding supply. They've got their people working long hours and they've upgraded their single CNC machine, but they can't meet the demand, and I think they are leery of getting too big too fast and then having the demand drop off unexpectedly, leaving them with a lot of expensive equipment sitting their idle. They don't seem to want to grow and get bigger. I think they want to stay small and keep doing what they've been doing. They are losing a ton of business because people don't want to wait 3 months, or more, for a cage. I see both sides, but I think they are missing a great opportunity to expand. Everyone should be using these cages. I'm considering buying up 10 or 20 smaller 2x4 cages, so I can sell them to my local buyers here. I'd have to wait several months to get them, but then the people who buy my babies could get them from me immediately. Not everybody wants wants to advance their business. For some people good enough is good enough. I'd just like to see more people with babies tortoises in these cages.