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Posted by brad wilson on May 12, 2003 at 12:46:49:
In Reply to: My family of russians and their pens posted by EJ on May 12, 2003 at 10:42:47:
:What part of the country are you located in?
St. Louis, MO. So very humid.
: Are the hide areas heated?
No. I've found my russians to be very tolerant of temps down into the mid-40s as long as they can warm up the next day. If it's cool at night followed by a cloudy, cool day, I'll bring them in. If it's gonna be in the lows 50s (or less) and raining, I bring them in. For the little guy I'm even more cautious.
:Is the soil well drained(does it dry out quickly)?
It's a clay soil but I've thrown a lot of sand into it, so it drains better. The hide boxes have a brick floor, so they don't have to rest on damp soil. Plus the boxes are sealed tight and have adequate ventilation.
:How long have you had them set up like that?
This is the 3rd year. No health problems of any sort and they've produced 13 eggs so far this year. The photo was taken after a stretch of rain, so looks wetter than normal.
:(enquiring minds want to know)
:(btw, nice setup and animals)