Feeding and Nutrition :: Turtle Jello Shots

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Post Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:03 am   

I get the cubes outta the ice tray with a tooth pick. i just quickly run the tooth pick around the outter edges of the mold, then stick the tooth pick in the jello shot and pop it out!
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Post Posted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 11:19 am   

very good idea. I'll have to try it because my turts only eat red and regulafr pellets :(
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Chompy- 6.0 inches
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Post Posted: Sun Nov 23, 2008 2:44 pm   

uuu i wanna sooo try this
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Post Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 1:14 pm   

oki i did them can't for them to freeze
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Post Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:33 pm   

My turtles LOVE these. They sit in my hand while I feed them these and they won't move until I remove my hand. Thanks for the recipe
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Post Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 7:42 pm   

This is a great recipe! My turtle was fine with greens, pellets, veggies and fish, but when I gave him these, he was so much happier. I've made several batches now with different ingredients and it's been a huge success every time. I usually make a mix of mostly greens (arugula, dandelion) with some fruit (tomato, pears, etc.) and a yellow veggie (carrot, squash, sweet potato) and some fish (smelt or tuna and sometimes squid) with a bit of commercial turtle food. He loves it and it's so easy for me! I have a bag of assorted frozen cubes now, so it's easy to offer something different every day. The big difference is how much happier he is to see me (i.e. to eat LOL)
If someone made these for the commercial market, there would be many more healthy happy aquatic turtles out there. Great addition to my turtles diet!
I also have to say that the rest of the pond is happy to see these too. I have a large, thriving school of swordtails (my turtle doesn't eat them) and a pleco that wait in line for the bits that get away. No mess left in my pond. LOL
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Post Posted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 6:36 pm   

i considered marketing them for a short period of time, but apparently there is already something like it out there and i wouldnt want to have to add chemicals and stuff. this way people can make it for themselves and tweak it as needed.
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Post Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:26 am   

Yeah, I saw the commercial version of this at the petsmart. $8 for 20 small cubes. Ridiculous!
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Post Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:27 am   

I tried this a couple days ago. I don't know why my veggies didn't entirely puree but they were in very tiny bits. Now I know why you have to cut up the shots in pieces before you freeze em. I have to wait for them to defrost now. How long are these good for? Dizmo really liked eating it and he's much more interested in eating his blueberry treats :]
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Post Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 1:13 pm   

I di it for the first time. My turtles loved them. Thank you soo much for this great idea.

Should I put any water in with the veggies when I puree them? Also, I used collard greens and the stems got stuck in the blender and it burned out, smoke and all. Should I cook the veggies more next time?
I have two female red ear sliders.
Chimpy - 5.5 inches
Chompy- 6.0 inches
Both were born about 7/2007
Got them -- 9/2007
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Post Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 1:59 pm   

I am going to try this recipe for sure. Amore eats banana, grapes, carrot, krill and Repto-Min sticks. Volare will not eat sticks anymore, only krill and peeled organic grapes, sometimes a little carrot (once I offered him a krill for a treat, he decided that he wanted only that). I only give Amore a few sticks a day as she is on a limited amount of food to shed some unwanted weight. I put a handful of washed organic mixed greens salad in their tank daily; the goldfish eat it!

Thank you for posting this brilliant recipe; I need them to eat their veggies! I would think that the gelatin is also good for their shell?

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Post Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:07 pm   

bradmeisel wrote:I di it for the first time. My turtles loved them. Thank you soo much for this great idea.

Should I put any water in with the veggies when I puree them? Also, I used collard greens and the stems got stuck in the blender and it burned out, smoke and all. Should I cook the veggies more next time?


I put water/tuna juice with the veggies when I blend them and also continue to puree after I add the gelatin solution. Maybe better than cooking (can destroy some of the nutrition) might be to remove the tough stems before blending.
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 6:36 pm   

good idea. I'll try that. My turtles love it soo much. I am so happy my little babies are eating better stuff :)
I have two female red ear sliders.
Chimpy - 5.5 inches
Chompy- 6.0 inches
Both were born about 7/2007
Got them -- 9/2007
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:07 pm   

I just want to clarify on the calcium powder! Is the powder with D3 added good or bad? Does anyone know if it makes a difference? I'm sure having too much D3 isn't good considering the turts make it while basking.

I'm most likely going to use my cuttlebone for my first try just to be safe.
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Post Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:00 am   

D3 supplements should not be necessary for turtles with adequate UVB/sun exposure.
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