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by Duffie
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2 eggs not hatching. What do I do?
Replies: 3
Views: 298

Re: 2 eggs not hatching. What do I do?

If I remember correctly, I can do a nest change after babies are 8 days old. Is that correct?
by Duffie
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2 eggs not hatching. What do I do?
Replies: 3
Views: 298

2 eggs not hatching. What do I do?

I have a pair of SY martins that had 5 eggs. 1st one laid on June 8th, the rest 1 each day after that. I figured hatch date on June 25 to 27th. 2 hatch on the 27th and 1 on the 28th. Last 2 have not hatched as of this morning, June 30th. It's been 2 days since the last egg hatched. How many more day...
by Duffie
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice please, I don't know what to try next.
Replies: 6
Views: 843

Re: Advice please, I don't know what to try next.

I take it out because the Martins go in that compartment periodically, just being nosey I guess and I don't want one of them being trapped in there all night and the manufacturers instructions says not to leave it unattended for more than a couple hours and close it if it will be unattended as you c...
by Duffie
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice please, I don't know what to try next.
Replies: 6
Views: 843

Advice please, I don't know what to try next.

I have an S&K 12 compartment house that's been converted to 6 Compartments. 0 compartments being used, 1 open. I have 3 Natureline plastic gourds open under the house with 2 gourds occupied with SY pairs, 1 with 5 babies and 1 with 5 eggs set to hatch this week. My problem is I can't get rid of some...
by Duffie
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Should I remove an egg?
Replies: 3
Views: 354

Re: Should I remove an egg?

Diane, I have 1 egg out of 5 that did not hatch and it's been 2 days since they hatched. I'm wondering the same thing, how long before I dispose of the egg? I know I read it's not uncommon for 1 or some of the eggs to have not gotten fertilized by the male when they are SY pair. Hopefully someone wi...
by Duffie
Sat Jun 13, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What to do after catching male sparrow?
Replies: 3
Views: 310

What to do after catching male sparrow?

I finally trapped and destroyed male sparrow that has been tormenting me for weeks. Now, I have 1 house cavity and 1 gourd not in use and open. I have 2 nesting pairs of SY Martins with eggs. Can I close up unused rooms to keep sparrows from wanting to move in? Have had no new sightings other than m...
by Duffie
Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin having problem entering gourd
Replies: 1
Views: 208

Martin having problem entering gourd

I noticed a little while ago that one of my SY females had to make several attempts to get her belly section into their gourd to night. See has already laid 3 eggs in the gourd, tomorrow will be her 4th. Acted as if her belly area was too big, but she finally made it in. I am using NatureLine plasti...
by Duffie
Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: High winds!
Replies: 3
Views: 246

Re: High winds!

OK. Thanks for the help. I have lowered it some. I feel better about it. You don't know what could happen in the middle of the night and not know until morning. Thank again.
by Duffie
Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: High winds!
Replies: 3
Views: 246

High winds!

With gusty winds of 40 MPH predicted for later today and over night here in Northern Indiana, do I dare lower my martin house and gourds a little or leave them where they are? Not sure if it will confuse the Martins, have 2 pair of SY's nesting with eggs. If so, how far do you dare lower it? SUGGEST...
by Duffie
Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Adding nesting material
Replies: 1
Views: 171

Adding nesting material

I have 2 SY pairs nesting in gourds, one with 3 eggs. The eggs area pretty much laying on the bottom of the gourd. I started out with pine needle, they added chunks of corn stalks and corn shucks with just a few leaves as their nesting material (not too impressed with their nests but they are new at...
by Duffie
Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Removing house and adding another gourd rack
Replies: 2
Views: 245

Removing house and adding another gourd rack

Question? I have a S&K house on top of my pole with a gourd rack with 3 gourds under it. I have 2 pair of SY Martins in the gourds. I have closed the house up because I can't get rid of a pair of Sparrows trying to nest in it. My question is, can I remove the house and replace it with a second gourd...