winter Sulcata feeding

crystal elliott

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I am very proud of my two Sulcatas for sticking with their all grass and weeds diet. Yoshi is 8 months old and King Koopa is 10 years old. I live in a very dry and in winter very cold climate. I decided I would try to freeze grass and weeds in freezer bags to stockpile for winter months ahead. This works great for me! I have tested frozen grass from a month ago and my tortoises absolutely love it. I have over 30 gallon size freezer bags full in my deep freezer and am hoping this along with what else I collect will get us through the winter without changing their diet. :)
 

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This is a great idea. I didn't think grass would freeze and not get slimy after thawing it. Will have to try and do this myself, thanks.
Anything special I need to do to it first or just put into bags and into freezer?
 

crystal elliott

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This is a great idea. I didn't think grass would freeze and not get slimy after thawing it. Will have to try and do this myself, thanks.
Anything special I need to do to it first or just put into bags and into freezer?
I made sure I got all the air out of the bag before closing. Also, I did nothing special to thaw the grass out. It only takes a few minutes to do so on its own.
 

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I am very proud of my two Sulcatas for sticking with their all grass and weeds diet. Yoshi is 8 months old and King Koopa is 10 years old. I live in a very dry and in winter very cold climate. I decided I would try to freeze grass and weeds in freezer bags to stockpile for winter months ahead. This works great for me! I have tested frozen grass from a month ago and my tortoises absolutely love it. I have over 30 gallon size freezer bags full in my deep freezer and am hoping this along with what else I collect will get us through the winter without changing their diet. :)
So how did freezing change the consistency of the grass? Also, did you just simply squeeze the air out of the bag or do you use a vacuum sealer?

I thought you might be interested to know there is a member on the forum that dehydrates and re-hydrates his lawn clippings. Here's a link to one of his posts if you're curious...http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/my-young-sulcatas-winter-diet-worked.115259/ I'm testing that out this year and will test out freezing grass as well. Thanks for sharing:)
 

crystal elliott

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My tortoise does not mind the consistency of the grass and I cannot tell a difference myself. The dandelions and clovers are slightly soggy but they still munch it right down. I do not own a vacuum seal so I just squeezed the air out. I thought about dehydrating but this works so well for me that I will stick to freezing this year.
 
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