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#1 RobBierman

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 08:16 AM

Yesterday (May 1, 2005) my father, grandpa and I started to build 4 breeding pens. It tooks us 9 hours to build. Each pen is 5 foot by 5 foot. We used special wood, nails, hinges, and handles made so they wouldn't rust outside.
This is what it looked like before we started.
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Then after cutting all the boards we put up the walls.
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Here is one pen.
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Then we got all of the walls built.
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Then my dad came up with an awesome idea. It starts out with this.
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Then we built a wooden thing with hinges so you can check on the eggs/ turtles.
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Here I am checking on the turtles, and looking for eggs :D
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Here is a closeup of what they look like.
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This is what the look like before the new dirt and turtles underneath them.
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Posted 02 May 2005 - 08:17 AM

Then we started to build wire covers, that wouldnt rust too keep the turtles safe from predators. First we built a frame and then put this wire over it. This took longer than anything. We put hinges and handles on them so they would be easy to lift.
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Then we put it on.
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Here I am again getting a turtle out.
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Checking the hinges.
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Here is one enclosure.
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Another picture
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The boards are safe to walk on, I am getting a turtle out.
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Here they are.
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We are still not totally finished. I still need to figure out what turtles I am going to breed (I have an idea) Then we are going to make cool signs above each enclosure that tells about the specie. We are going to put a stepping stone in each. Then the water will be awesome, I will post pictures of that when we put them in.

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 10:26 AM

cool pens. I'm assuming this is for the boxies.

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 10:32 AM

The turtles i am thinking about breeding is between these.
Florida Box Turtle
Asian Box Turtle
(Those 2 for sure)

Then 2 out of these >?
Ornate Box Turtle
Eastern Box Turtle
Russian Tortoise

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 10:48 AM

AWESOME!!!!

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 11:28 AM

The turtles i am thinking about breeding is between these.
Florida Box Turtle
Asian Box Turtle
(Those 2 for sure)

Then 2 out of these >?
Ornate Box Turtle
Eastern Box Turtle
Russian Tortoise

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Are those pens big enough to build a pond in? Because the Asian boxies will need one. Oh yeah, good luck finding a breeding pair of Floridas! I would love to get a pair! The only time I've seen them for sale they have been WAAAAAAY too expensive.
I think the Russians would do very well in one of those pens. You should get a pair of those.

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 11:35 AM

amazing..thanks for sharing the pictures...I wish i could do this in IL....which is just not possible...for the winter.. :)

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 11:48 AM

Hello,

Nice!

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 11:57 AM

Rob,
The pens you and your grandpa built look great. Did you or will you have to treat the wood? I can't wait to see more pictures with each of the pens set-up with turts or torts inside. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 12:09 PM

Your dad, Granddad and you did a nice job as always Rob.

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 01:22 PM

Nice job Rob!

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 02:35 PM

:P Are they going to dig out?
Ya'll did a great job. What a family team. Rob, you just dont know how fortunate you are. Your whole yard is awesome!!!

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 03:44 PM

awesome rob! russians would def. be a good choice for those.

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 03:53 PM

[:cool] Looks real nice, very neat and orginized, if you want hostas for those new pens, I have a billion you can have.

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 04:36 PM

Grrrrrreat job...rob, grandpa, and dad....looks awesome good luck on the breeding...i know you`ll do great....take care

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 04:46 PM

Awesome! :) :D

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 04:51 PM

Rob,
The pens you and your grandpa built look great.  Did you or will you have to treat the wood?  I can't wait to see more pictures with each of the pens set-up with turts or torts inside.  Thanks for sharing.

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The wood is already treated. :)

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 06:09 PM

So where do you live do you have winter wheater. By the way the pens look awsom. And someone said something about a pond, hes right asians do need more swimming space then a normal boxie. Hope everything works out.

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 04:17 PM

Are those pens big enough to build a pond in? Because the Asian boxies will need one. Oh yeah, good luck finding a breeding pair of Floridas! I would love to get a pair! The only time I've seen them for sale they have been WAAAAAAY too expensive.
I think the Russians would do very well in one of those pens. You should get a pair of those.

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Asian Box Turtles need more water than a normal Box Turtle, but they do not have to live in a pond. I have had mine for 10 years in an outdoor pen and they do fine.

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 06:28 PM

Rob,watch those Floridas as they are not cold tolerant.If you breed those you would need a basement type indoor setup.They are generally triggered into breeding by a few weeks of 40 degrees and low humidity followed by rain in the spring.

Your pens look great for Russians,NA Woods,Spotties,Russians,Manni(not cold tolerant),Chinese Boxies,Greeks,and of course,Easterns/3Toes.




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