A turtle hatch!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Raptorchick, Aug 26, 2018.

  1. Raptorchick

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    Just to share a different kind of hatching story :jumpy:D...
    My mother and I have been building aquaponics systems in her urban backyard the past five years or so. She is all about teaching kids/people how to farm in the city and live 'sustainably', thus we had a few nice big koi aquaponic tanks. One day, I came over and she said, "I'm doing turtle-ponics!" Basically, she brought home a couple of turtles, built a pond with a sand beach that connected to one of the aquaponics, and put a tiny white picket fence around the whole thing. It was inside of a greenhouse, like a cozy little turtle shack. Very cute. She had two turtles and they LOVED it. Fast forward to today- she's moving soon, and thankfully found good homes for all of her chickens, fish, aquaponics, and turtles. I'm helping her dig up the turtle pond, when I see what looks like a tiny turtle, in the dirt ! :eek:Call us no good, irresponsible, ugly, very bad people, but we didn't know that red slider turtles will lay eggs in the dirt/sand. I never imagined we owned lovebirds, or that babies were possible in the turtle-hutch. We called some friends that know turtles better than us, and ended up finding 9 little guys in the sand. They're so stinking cute !!! :loveIts blowing my mind... I've been paranoid over my egg incubation the past 15 days, and these guys manage to hatch out on their own under the craziest circumstances. All 9 of them have already been called for at really good homes; I'm gonna miss our tiny turtle family :rolleyes::frow
     
  2. Michellep224

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    Awww! I LOVE turtles!
    Our family has 3 eastern painted turtles in a large indoor aquarium.
    Do you have any pictures? ^_^
     
  3. Raptorchick

    Raptorchick Songster

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    Yas! Here's a couple of the little guys 556915510.jpg 20180825_194916.jpg :)
     
  4. 007Sean

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  5. Saaniya

    Saaniya Crowing

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  6. chickendreams24

    chickendreams24 Crowing

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    Eek I love baby turtles! What a fun surprise! Thank goodness they hatched and you found them when you did.
     
  7. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

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    You weren't trying to breed turtles, you were trying to provide a good habitat for them. By sheer luck, you had a pair; the fact that they bred proves how good a job you did!:clap

    A couple of months ago, I found a female box turtle laying eggs on the foot path leading to our greenhouse. With all the predators we have around here, I was pretty sure they would just get dug up and eaten, so we put the three eggs in a large jar with some dirt and leaves. No idea how they are doing, but it's possible I might have some tiny turtle pics to post myself in a month or so.:fl
     
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  8. Peaches Lee

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    Aww, how cute! Sounds like they really loved their home! We have a snapping turtle that comes up to our farm every year and lays her eggs. I haven't seen any hatch this year but last year managed to find 2 of the little cuties...and boy are they strong and fast!
     
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  9. AnimalGeek23

    AnimalGeek23 Crowing

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    Aww that’s so cute! :lol: Baby turtles are adorable. They grow up pretty fast, I have two yellow bellied sliders in a temporary 20gal tank, but soon they’ll be too big for it!
    :love
     
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  10. Hen Pen Jem

    Hen Pen Jem Crowing

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    Congrats! On the new baby turtles! So adorable!!! :love
     

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