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RE: Soft eggs

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Posted by: zovick at Mon Aug 18 16:47:50 2014  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by zovick ]  
   

She may need more calcium in her diet to help her calcify the shells of her eggs. You can try giving her cuttlebones, chicken egg shells (from hard boiled eggs to prevent the possibility of spreading Salmonella), and sprinkling her favorite foods with Rep-Cal. One friend of mine used to cook chickens in a pressure cooker and then bone them, save the chicken meat for himself and feed the cooked bones to his Radiated, Star, and Leopard Tortoises. I witnessed this firsthand, and the tortoises actually seemed to enjoy gnawing on the bones for a number of days after they were put in the tortoise enclosures. Aside from providing calcium for the animals, this practice can also help to prevent overgrown beaks.

This will not help you right now, but might be useful to know for future reference: when I was raising Star Tortoises (all 3 types), I used to take the shells of the hatched Star Tortoise eggs and feed them to the female who had laid them. They almost always ate them. Radiated Tortoises don't seem as interested in eating the shells of their hatched eggs, but it doesn't hurt to offer them just in case. It is an easy way to recycle organic calcium.


   

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