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My Cherry Heads are picky eaters. What can I do?

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  1. selviester

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    91CE9313-C6E7-489E-B347-083B04B84A30.jpeg 11D949B3-A8AC-449D-89AE-85E38719F401.jpeg Hi all,

    So I decided to adopt one more baby CH because I figured the first one was having problem eating and would only want to eat with my Sulcata. I dont want to mix them together.

    When I got the second CH, everything was fine. But now they are very picky. All they want to eat is grass, weeds, mango, banana and cactus. The breeder said to try give them Repcal, because thats what he had been feeding them. So I tried that and they only took few bites. They refused other types of leafy greens or fruits. Whereas my friend’s eat pretty much everything.

    I am wondering why mine are so picky :( I would love to offer lots of variety.
    How often can you feed them fruits?

    Is this what CH normally like? Being picky?

    Pictures attached :)
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    They will be picky if it works.
    They will also eat anything when they're good and hungry.
    They wont starve themselves. Mine have been known to yank Bermuda grass out of my lawn if I get lazy with the feeding. Redfoot don't generally eat grass. And they always eat the "best" stuff first before they settle for other things. Sometimes one will go on a short hunger strike until their favorite food returns. But they get over it.
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    Like zero said they won't starve themselves, so you can offer a variety salad style and leave it in there until they eat it. You can mix what you wnt to feed them with the cactus and or mazuri.

    My sulcata hatchling was only feed mazuri and romaine. The first day I had her she wouldn't eat any grass, weeds, other leafy greens for several hours. I added mazuri to the mix and she ate just where the mazuri was. I left the food in there and by the end of the day all of it had been eaten.

    I continued to give her no other option but to eat what I gave her and after a well she was eating everything I gave her.

    The only exception is dill. She won't touch dill and she doesn't like the forest food I got thinking it was the grassland food.
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    Oh dear what did i get myself into hehehe... how often can you give them fruits though?
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    Thanks now I just left the food and sometimes they would eat it sometimes they won't even touch it :(
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    Try chopping everything up real fine and mix it together like a mush almost and feed your Tortoises that way.
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    My adults eat up to 60% fruit.
    Babies more like 30%.
    Redfoot are unusual in that they CAN consume fruit sugars.
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    Thanks! I will do that :) hope it works
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    I give them about 3x a week. Should be okay I think?
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    Should be just fine. The ability to eat fruit is one of the big characteristic that I find attractive about them outside their natural beauty.
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    You'll be fine. Mine gets fruit everyday.
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    Sure
    Its thought that in nature they eat mostly fallen fruit and a lot of very unattractive stuff from the forest floor.
    My summer time feeding schedule changes to at least half fruit because I can get it very easily this time of year.
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    Yes i absolutely love it watching them digging on those tasty mangoes and bananas :)
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    I wanted to give them fruits every day, although the portion would be 30% and the rest would be the grass and greens. They love munching on grass and weeds!
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    Haha I hear ya on the “unattractive” stuff. Once I caught him eating his friend’s poop!
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    Lots of poop....Dead monkeys....Stuff hard to duplicate at home.
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    I give mine fruit everyday, but mixed in with other stuff ... Veg and greens and some freeze dried insects.

    I recently added mazuri to the mix, and will probably keep him on a bit everyday ... I think variety is the key with these guys.

    Jamie
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    Yikes! Nasty lil fellas!
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    Thanks for the tips Jamie. I heard it is also okay to give them boiled eggs, chicken and shrimp? Is that true?
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    I've fed Darwin hard boiled eggs ... he loves them, but they should make up only a small portion of a redfoot's diet.

    J
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