New sulcata pen

NorCal tortoise guy

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Late this last summer I we moved to a new home. So of corse the sulcatas needed the biggest best pen yet! It’s still a bit of a work in progress but I thought I’d start sharing. It will take me a few posts to get caught up to the work bear with me. 68EB6DDB-6D99-46A4-92DB-ED5A72D2D82E.jpeg
We picked the spot and started bringing in building supplies 6434DF23-1960-4700-956C-D03861DEBE32.jpeg
And more building supplies 658E7F24-7B6F-4CF8-9FBE-F19F5B37C290.jpeg D2601ED4-7D1F-476F-A035-9D8077555A92.jpeg
And begin to build walls
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More picture of the walls going in and the tortoise house moved to it location. I have thought long and hard about what to build the walls out of. I have used many things in the past that have worked nicely but I was looking for something more this time. With these “pots” I will be able to grow lots of tortoise food right at the pen. ( please excuse the smoky pictures it was a very smoke filled summer) 9916EBA5-086C-49FF-91C9-1F623892E16B.jpeg E77CC329-137E-4BC8-A4DB-6D3F7A0708BC.jpeg 4AC12373-6CE8-4CA8-BAC5-98372653316F.jpeg 30E94124-F47C-4DC2-BE9A-DF7E86F3A587.jpeg 48E013AE-F475-4295-8FEC-7D6DC67AE8B8.jpeg 2F0F266F-6A7E-4DB3-9B30-9FE7E3481BC5.jpeg
 

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I've never seen walls made of 55 gallon plastic drums. Seems like it will work. I like the gates too.

What will you do for shade in summer? Or will they be underground?
The drums were a gamble and yes they work great as I hoped! Very affordable and double duty. There is a large shade cover in the works to hold us over tell the trees get in and big
 

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Everything is greening up with a little rain now. The sprinklers are an ongoing job that is at a little bit of a stand still for now so we started on the shade cover it is 48 ft long and 6 ft wide and will have shade cloth on the top and west side
Egg laying has started for the year so that adds work and sorter days are slowing the work down a bit. I’ll see if I can get some pictures of the pen as it is now this weekend and do my best to keep this up to date as the last couple project wrap up and and planting gets going. I’ve got a lot of pots to fill haha I can not wait to see it all planted! CCCE8C28-CDA3-43DC-8BE8-7D6D5C3F1FDE.jpeg
 
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