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#1 Alliecat

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 12:55 PM

Me and my boyfriend worked all weekend on this thing, and then some. I am very pleased with the results. I got pictures of the whole process:

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The site

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The frame. It's 4' x 8'

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Attaching plywood to the frame

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Here I am trimming extra chicken wire off the bottom

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We painted it to keep it from rotting; using non-toxic paint, of course.

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Digging out the site. This was the hardest part, because of that Kentucky clay soil <_<

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There it is!

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Colby enjoying his new home and a tasty treat.

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 01:04 PM

What a nice job, such a lucky turtle. Makes me cry for the one I just rescued who lived in a 10 gallon tank for 14 years :( only suggestion is to add a large walk in water bowl and to offer a larger shaded area you could simply staple shade cloth to part of it or even cover with a piece of wood :) nice job!

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 01:26 PM

A job well done! What a nice new home for Colby. I think that Colby(he?) was smiling in that last photo! Don't you? :P

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 03:13 PM

Great Job!!! Your enclosure is very similar to the one my husband and I are building!!! We have it altogether just have to add the finishing touches. Colby does look mighty proud of his new home and rightfully so!!!! The baby is so little, but I bet he is enjoying all that great room too. I cant wait until mine is finished. Now you have me motivated it get it all done!!!!
Congrats to Colby and Claren.
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Posted 24 May 2006 - 04:27 PM

Thanks! It was a lot of hard work, but it definately paid off for my little guy.

Amanda1: What would you suggest for a better water bowl? I've looked at the big terra cotta saucers that go under flower pots, but they don't seem like they'd be deep enough. What do you think?

When those plants get bigger he'll definately have a lot more shade and room to hide, and the walls of the enclosure provide some shade as well; but until then I'll add a little something to keep him cool.

After a while I might let my baby live in there permanently, but I'm afraid to right now because she's just so little. On nice days I take her 30-gallon tupperware enclosure and set it in there so she can get some sun. Do you think this is okay?

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 12:49 PM

Looks great! I'm planning to do something similar for my 5 eastern boxie babies. Just wondering, is the bottom of your enclosure open? I'm assuming it is otherwise it would fill up with water.....

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 06:22 PM

The bottom is made of chicken wire; that way he can't dig out, but there is still drainage :)

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Posted 21 July 2006 - 09:06 PM

Wow, such an awesome enclosure! Great job!
What type of substrate are you using?
Your tiny baby is so cute!

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Posted 21 July 2006 - 09:34 PM

Just wondering, what are the dimensions of the enclosure?

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Posted 22 July 2006 - 03:48 PM

Hi Alliecat,

I love your setup! Where are you at in KY? I'm in Louisville but am longing for a little bit of some country, we are looking but land or real estate altogether has just gotten so expensive. :angry:

Your boxie looks like he is smiling for the camera. :)

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 08:17 AM

Wow I haven't checked this thread in a long time...sorry guys!

Wow, such an awesome enclosure! Great job!
What type of substrate are you using?
Your tiny baby is so cute!


I'm using a mixture of the soil that was already there (it's mostly clay) and peat moss.

Just wondering, what are the dimensions of the enclosure?


It is 8'x4'x2' (lxwxh).

Hi Alliecat,

I love your setup! Where are you at in KY? I'm in Louisville but am longing for a little bit of some country, we are looking but land or real estate altogether has just gotten so expensive. :angry:

Your boxie looks like he is smiling for the camera. :)

Kellie


Cool, a Louisvillian! I live in Henry Co. It's beautiful country, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world!

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 09:09 AM

WOW I want that enclosure. I have the land, I have the money to build it, I just need someone to help me build it. I am not that technically inclined to use power tools IoI

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 09:14 AM

Thats one great enclosure I am trying to come up with something like this myself. Very good job!

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 08:39 PM

Definitely a happy turtle! It's smiling :lol:

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Posted 24 February 2007 - 08:39 AM

Amanda1: What would you suggest for a better water bowl? I've looked at the big terra cotta saucers that go under flower pots, but they don't seem like they'd be deep enough. What do you think?



I find using a paint roller pan works the best for me. Just a suggestion for a water container! :)

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 06:11 PM

How about a kitty litter box?? Dig it into the ground so its flush?

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Posted 13 April 2007 - 03:18 PM

very happy turtles, What is the water area like, did I miss the pics?

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 10:45 AM

That's a wonderful setup you have there, and a beautiful wooded area where you live!

Those are some lucky turts :D

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 11:58 AM

Great setup, I agree, as far as a water dish, the paint tray's work well as long as you dig them in so they are flush with the ground. Had a hard time finding normal ones anymore. I also use a few in I have different size turts in the enclosure, that way they can both go soak, and still get out with ease. Looks great though. :)

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 09:17 PM

congrats on the turrtle pen it must be so long now since u posted those pics and everything. I was just wondering if u could give us some updated pics if its not to much of a trouble.


P.S are those threes toes? cause i got a couple and is currently building a huge outdoor pen for mine. It would be good to no what a turtle likes in his pen like plants or what kind of food.






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