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Posted by dsres on May 09, 2003 at 09:25:00:
In Reply to: poop posted by kiwiturtle on May 08, 2003 at 20:23:41:
Same for me. I don't want to overfeed them. At first, my 1st turt suckered me into feeding him twice a day (10 pellets or so) because he learned how to beg for food. Someone on this forum said to feed it every other day but I've read that once a day for hatchlings is correct. I do 5 or so small pellets each a day or some equivalent of cooked chicken or shrimp. I think I will do two days a week of just lettuce. I can't seem to get them to eat any other veggie or fruit. I think if I let them, they'd eat like 15 pellets a day or so. They look like they are starving for food in the evenings but I can't tell if its just an act.
:It was hard for me to decide how much to feed them at first. And I still wonder whether I feed them too much or too little. I sort of go by the rule of feeding them food the size of their head. I know one of my turts will happily gobble down 10 sticks or more at a time, but I only give him 5 every day. He is by no means skinny. So I guess the amount is ok.
:::I have 2 RES hatchlings (1.5" in length). I feed my turtles 5 Reptomin BABY sticks every day and give them veggies to munch on occassionally. They generate fair-sized poop (measuring 1/2") 2-3 times a day. Do they poop too much? I read somewhere that too much poop is not healthy.
::I also have 2 res babies ( 1.5 - 2 ) inches. I prob feed them around the same as you. Maybe 5-6 small sticks (broken in half for easy swallowing). Their poop seems to be about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch long and after a day or so, I'll see 2 - 4 pieces of poop, sometimes more.
::I am no expert but I've read in a number of places to feed hatchlings once a day. I can't get someone to tell me the amount but I read something like feed as much as they want within a few minutes. Given that, my turts appear happy and healthy so there is at least one other owner who has a similar scenario.