Hatchlings not eating :(

Tank'sMom

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I need some help here.
Some of you may be familiar with my set up. The hatchlings are 8 days old. Kept in a brooder/habitat. 85-100% humidity, 85-100 degree temps. Daily soaks, sometimes twice. Dripping wet humid hides.
I think I'm doing everything right?
But they are not eating.
I have offered:
Grass clippings
Moist Mazuri Chow
Kale
Grape vine leaf
Squash plant leaf
Squash flowers
Hibiscus (flower and leaves)
Collards
Nopalitos (cactus)
Red leaf lettuce.....

I've tried whole, I've tried dicing. Nothing!
I've taken to calling them Tonka and Tex. I figured I better start weighing them.
Tonka is 26 grams
Tex is 24 grams

They appear very healthy. Tex's dehydration is gone, no more wrinkles. They are active.
So what gives???
I did see Tonka take one bite of kale the first day I had them. And I saw Tex sample the Mazuri mush the day after that. But that's it. Haven't seen any poo either. ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1402534355.704950.jpg
I've been putting the food on a cut paper plate, for easy access.
Anyone encountered this situation before? I'm very concerned.
 

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Im not as experienced as others but i know my sully was really picky. I feed mine grass clippings ,organic spring mix, romain nd bock choy. I would say try different foods they k iw what they do and dont like. But also wait for other forum members with more experience see what they say
 

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8 days old? Is the egg yolk sac thing ( scientific term) still attached?
 

Tank'sMom

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Is it fairly normal for the hatchlings to not eat right away? Or until their sacs are gone completely?
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Tonka
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Tex
 

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I trust the dark coloration is from the substrate? I would've waited until the scar closed before using an "earthy" substrate. I left mine on moist paper towels for a week plus...with a few food items scattered. Then at two weeks, I covered the towels with fresh chop (lawn clippings). I suggest losing the substrate for now...or at least lay a couple thick layers of moist paper towels on top of the substrate...
 

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Some start eating sooner than others.

I didn't put babies on "dirt" until the scar was completely healed. They were on damp paper towels with food scattered, just like Dean described. Once they were healed and eating, then they went onto substrate.
 

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Ok. I'll do that. Yes the dark color is from the substrate. I'm a nurse, so I know when something is infected or just "not right". They look ok once I soak them.
I will lay paper towels over the substrate right away....
But look! I caught one kinda trying to eat!
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Lol...
 

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Ok after soaking today, BOTH , of their little scabs came off. Now I've got this:
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Looking ok???
I'm still gonna keep them on the paper towels for awhile longer. Yes?
AND one of them made a little poo! I found it in the water. I smushed it between my fingers to see what was in it (because that's the kinda gal I am) and it felt like there was a calcium deposit in there... eggshell? That's what it felt like. The outside was light brown.
So after soaking we celebrated... put that useless water bowl to good use flipped over and did some climbing!
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