New sulcata pen

NorCal tortoise guy

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I can barely take care of ONE!
How do you manage ALL of these little babies?
Or do you put them up for adoption??
Simply gorgeous stunning!! 😍
It is a lot of work taking care of all those babies but it’s a labor of love for sure. All the babies go up for sale after they have grown a bit.
 

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My friend wants to make a pool just like that for her 100 lb sully. Can you post exactly how you make those? What you use, etc? You know, instructions for 2 women who know nothing about building a pool? 🙂
I’m sorry I didn’t see you post sooner. I built those watering pools by digging a hole the size I want to pool and about 3 inches deeper then needed. Slope the sides how you would like them to be only that 3 inches deeper. Then start mixing cement. ( I used 3 or 4 80lb bags on most of these pools) I used a cement mixing tub and a shovel to mix my cement. Mix it fairly thick. Put it in about 3 inches thick. Then finish smooth the cement with a round end pool trowel. I’m not the best concrete finisher but I figure a little semi smoothness is good for grip. Hope this helps. If there are more questions I can help with please ask. Also a wile back mark84 made a post that did a much better job of how to for a nice tortoise pond. As with most everything he builds his is what I would try and copy!
 

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Yes, it certainly does. Definitely a job for when the weather cools off.
Thanks!
I’m sorry I didn’t see you post sooner. I built those watering pools by digging a hole the size I want to pool and about 3 inches deeper then needed. Slope the sides how you would like them to be only that 3 inches deeper. Then start mixing cement. ( I used 3 or 4 80lb bags on most of these pools) I used a cement mixing tub and a shovel to mix my cement. Mix it fairly thick. Put it in about 3 inches thick. Then finish smooth the cement with a round end pool trowel. I’m not the best concrete finisher but I figure a little semi smoothness is good for grip. Hope this helps. If there are more questions I can help with please ask. Also a wile back mark84 made a post that did a much better job of how to for a nice tortoise pond. As with most everything he builds his is what I would try and copy!
I wanted to ask how the bucket wall border survived the summer. Did it work as expected or did anyone get their dander up & try & take them out since we seem to have the occasional sulcata that regularly takes offense?
 

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I wanted to ask how the bucket wall border survived the summer. Did it work as expected or did anyone get their dander up & try & take them out since we seem to have the occasional sulcata that regularly takes offense?
The wall has worked perfectly as expected my
Biggest male Crush is about 200lbs at last check and he pushes up agents the wall often and even he has not move it at all. The only thing I have had to watch for is digging. I don’t mind some digging but if they undercut one barrel too much it will tip. Only the big guys digging has ever caused this and the barrel tips but dose not breach the wall so all is well I just have to tip it back up if I’m too slow discouraging digging. This has only happened once this year.
 
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