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Supplementing Darwin's Diet ... and a question?

Discussion in 'Tortoise Diet and Food' started by jsheffield, Feb 6, 2019.

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  1. jsheffield

    jsheffield Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Good morning all,

    I generally think that I feed Darwin pretty well.

    He gets greens every day, and then most days some fruit or veggies chopped up on top, with occasional animal protein; all based off lists and info found here. 2-4 times a week, he get 2-3 pieces of Mazuri kibble, softened with warm water.

    Based on what I have read here, it's likely that I don't need to supplement with extra calcium and vitamins, but I do ...

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    Twice a week, I shake a bit of each of the powders into the tiny mason jar I use to hydrate the Mazuri pellets, run just a bit of hot water into the jar, and swish everything around/together ... the mixture is absorbed into the pellets as they hydrate, and Darwin eats them.

    My question is:

    Am I running the risk of over-supplementing Darwin, or would he likely just poop out any extra nutrients?

    I use both of these powder to dust crickets and pinkies for my marine toad, Beulah, anyway, so if it'd be better for me to skip their use with Darwin, it's not like they'd just sit there unused.

    Thanks,

    Jamie
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    I personally don't use any supplements, just a wide diet. Occasionally I'll crush up egg shells and mix it in the food. I do that maybe twice a month because I feel that's something they probably encounter in the wild. Not necessarily chicken eggs, but you know what I mean.
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    I've read that mixing prepared foods in with too many other foods, or adding supplements to prepared foods, is not a great idea. The thought behind it is that the more you add to a balanced diet, the further you throw that balance off.
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    That's what I've been wondering, and worrying, about ... I may just count on the varied diet to be covering his nutritional bases, and only adding a sprinkle of the supplements once a month or so.

    Jamie
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