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Outdoor hobbit (Sully) hut

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  1. Maidens Hill Farm

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    50089387_2525779067448600_3119323241143861248_n.jpg 50553645_2525779197448587_2444958627723739136_n.jpg 50016838_2525779340781906_6522950493826711552_n.jpg 50231609_2525779660781874_4977979186120491008_n.jpg 50310011_2525779727448534_1143400438284943360_n.jpg Well, 3 weeks later we may be done! The pics show off all of the details. We pick up Monty Chello from the rescue tomorrow, so I'm super excited. We worked so hard to create this buried hobbit house of a home, creating some natural insulation. Check it out!! Im open to advice, of course! Thanks for all the forum knowledge that inspired such an ordeal.
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    I'm not really sure what you did here but it looks like a lot of work.
    How big is the tortoise and how big is the enclosure?
    Don't forget pics of the tort when he arrives.
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    SORRY! hit send too soon...
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    All it needs is a cable tv! Wow one lucky sully
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    Monty Chello is 4 years old Sulcata. Ive been told about 20 inches (we only have seen photos). We drive to a rescue to get him tomorrow...so photos to follow.
    The enclosure is 5 1/2 by 5 and 4 foot high. He has access to his yard through sliding door.
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    That’s pretty impressive!!!!
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    Now I get it. Fantastic job. Can't wait to see him enjoying it.
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    You and your partner did a wonderful job! I really like it.

    I would like to see a heavy duty wire heater guard, though, rather than the solid wood one. Seems like the wood is going to keep the heat up and away from tortoise level. There's a 16' long cattle panel made out of welded wire that you can cut and shape around the heater to protect it from the tortoise:

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    Good one!

    Lucky tort. Look forward to seeing him.

    And welcome to the forum.
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    What are the temps in there? How is it working out?
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    How critical is it for me to have the fencing lower than the ground level (bury or block along the fence line)? We haven't had time to do that yet and we are getting him today. His fence it
    Good advice! It is certainly warm at his level... 70 in cool spot near the door...80 other places ...and 85 in one spot tonight. However, the heater ( I believe) is running steadily so far..and its too hot in the roof area as we expected. We have a small fan circulating it, but this solution may be better.



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    Hey! So, near the door (where the sliding door opening is) is 69-70 F even when it's closed, floor level is 80 , 85 in one spot (weirdly since its not under a light or next to the heater?) The higher you go , the hotter...
    We knew making it taller would leave room for this since heat rises...but I wanted to be able to get in there easily enough to clean and such. We will have some adjusting to do...perhaps Yvonne's suggestion with the grate...to make the heater not work so hard. It is also cold here right now, so I was mainly concerned with hot enough!

    One quick question...I DID NOT get a UVB since he will have access to outside on most days. The rescue was strongly suggesting I get one to be safe. Just wanted confirmation that with his size and having an outside pen- he should be okay?

    Thanks
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    Thx! Those things are expensive from what I saw...but at this point we are pretty invested !
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    If your tortoise has access to outside, then you don't need a UVB light.
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    Oh, BTW! Here he is! So beautiful and happy. He ate tons, peed/pooped, drank, soaked, and was put to bed in his new home. We are in love 50283410_2528719297154577_5109947223135748096_n.jpg 50119432_2528719380487902_6958342740350337024_n.jpg 50174207_2528719410487899_4458876313305874432_n.jpg
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    OK! Good to hear..I knew I had heard it...but wanted to hear it again. THanks
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