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Calcium supplements

Discussion in 'Tortoise Diet and Food' started by Peggy Sue, Feb 2, 2019.

  1. Peggy Sue

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    how much and often should I sprinkle reprical on Sheldon’s food. He gets mazuri 3x a week and eats his cuttlebone. Want to make sure he gets enough but don’t want to over do it.
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    Personally I don't use any supplements besides a cuttlebone and my tortoises are really healthy
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    I use eggshells dried and ground into a powder . Cause I don’t know what they put in store bought chemicals like Repcal . Do you ?
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    Thank you great idea! Just wasn’t sure how much I should supplement with what he gets from the cuttlebone and mazuri
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    I always enjoy your posts, and excited when long time keepers answer my questions :) how often do you offer the eggshells? :<3::tort::tort:
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    Now remember I’m feeding 51 adults at one time ! Not 1-2 baby’s ! So I give them alittle bit every day ! So some get it today some get it the next day or maybe the next .
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    If they are eating the cuttlefish bone and mazuri they shouldn't need additional calcium. But if the repcal you have has D3 then I would use that once a week just for the vitamin D, especially in the winter when we are relying on the bulbs for a lot of the UV light.
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    If the tort chokes on a peace of the cuddle bone your right
    Andin the growing or breading season females may need more calcium.
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    Calcium is actually a little tricky. It is REALLY hard for people and animals to absorb it into the blood before it gets washed out of the system. The best calcium is going to a super-fine powder. A good test for calcium supplements is to add some to some vinegar and wait a few minutes. The more fully it dissolves, the better of a source it is.

    One problem I had with a fine powder is that my torts sometimes rejected food with it. I found that mixing it into foods so it disappeared helped.
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