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by Dave Duit
Tue Oct 12, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: iamartin.org website will be unfixed until I find a new web master. Parts still work
Replies: 0
Views: 156

iamartin.org website will be unfixed until I find a new web master. Parts still work

Hey everyone, Sorry to say that our website webmaster is now in England and has other avenues and duties which make it impossible for him to remain as the webmaster. There are some glitches and issues that need fixing on the website; but much of it is still functional. Until I find a top notch new w...
by Dave Duit
Tue Sep 14, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Already Excited
Replies: 5
Views: 806

Re: Already Excited

google image in " 2-round-aluminum-louver-with-insect-screen-priced-per-bag-of-6" to see these louver vents. Use a 2 inch hole saw to make your holes in yhe side of the housing up high on the wall to allow air flow.
by Dave Duit
Fri Sep 10, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Already Excited
Replies: 5
Views: 806

Re: Already Excited

That is great news, congrats. It is always fun to get a new site with lookers.
by Dave Duit
Mon Aug 30, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Haskell Troyer tunnel trap
Replies: 9
Views: 13872

Re: Haskell Troyer tunnel trap

If you decide to shorten the wire, be sure to remove any bures that may be on the end of the wire you clipped off. A small bure will catch the sleeve and not work.
by Dave Duit
Mon Aug 30, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Year-end clean-out evolution
Replies: 4
Views: 876

Re: Year-end clean-out evolution

Hi G Saner,
I'm getting a bit older too. I use a high preessure washer. For getting the old nests out and to avoid scraping your wrist from the access port holes, I suggest using a three prong gardening tool. It saves raw arms and wrists if you have many gourds to clean.
by Dave Duit
Wed Aug 11, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Replacement Housing
Replies: 6
Views: 10794

Re: Replacement Housing

The PMCA website has the following in which I cut and paste below. Hopefully this will assist you in your decision. " I NEED TO REPLACE OLD HOUSING, WILL MY MARTINS ABANDON? If you are replacing the house with an identical house (or gourd rack) there shouldn’t be any problem. A drastic change to a c...
by Dave Duit
Sun Aug 08, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Coolest save ever!
Replies: 6
Views: 11144

Re: Coolest save ever!

Good post. Thanks for sharing.
by Dave Duit
Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Late Hatchlings? Middle TN
Replies: 1
Views: 1085

Re: Late Hatchlings? Middle TN

Hello, Allow things to play out naturally. The parents of these hatchling will take care of these youngsters. Depending on the babies ages, you still will have time to see them fledge and head south for the winter. Don't be shocked to see them leave a little later than usual. If the parents complete...
by Dave Duit
Sat Jul 24, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pedialyte soaked cricket for baby martins during heat
Replies: 2
Views: 1575

Re: Pedialyte soaked cricket for baby martins during heat

Hi ToyinPA, I'm much like you in helping my martins in any possible way. Some people think we over do taking care of our martins, but I figure we are responsible for their well being and they travel all the way from Brazil. The least we can do, is make things the best we can for their stay in the st...
by Dave Duit
Sat Jul 24, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Troyer Tunnel Conversion of old Trio MK12
Replies: 7
Views: 5239

Re: Troyer Tunnel Conversion of old Trio MK12

Hi MartinMan,
I converted all my Trio MK12s just like yours. I did mine about 15 years ago and to this day they do a great job. Martins love the added safety and depth. Thanks for your post.
by Dave Duit
Fri Jul 23, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pedialyte soaked cricket for baby martins during heat
Replies: 2
Views: 1575

Pedialyte soaked cricket for baby martins during heat

Hey everyone, If you are in one of the states that is feeling the effects of high temps, you might want to consider this bit of advice. To assist baby martins during the heat and help the parents feed their young; consider placing pedialyte soaked crickets on a feeding platform. The soaked crickets ...
by Dave Duit
Wed Jul 21, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: HOSP takeover
Replies: 7
Views: 2232

Re: HOSP takeover

Ditto on the previous responses. Kill all house sparrows, pulling nests is a lost cause. If you are not too good using a pellet gun, hire out a local teenage boy to shoot the sparrows. If you trap, you must monitor the trap until you catch the sparrow. Kill the sparrow from the traps, do not try to ...
by Dave Duit
Tue Jul 20, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: End of season
Replies: 8
Views: 2941

Re: End of season

Hi Purplemartinfan6, It is good to see you had a great first year as a landlord. Now that you have had some success, it will be time to get in the groove of being a landlord. Things like reading up on the best possible colony management tasks, planning for next year, helping newbies in your area are...
by Dave Duit
Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Clean crushed egg shells a bonus for the baby martins.
Replies: 0
Views: 9680

Clean crushed egg shells a bonus for the baby martins.

The crushed egg shells offered on a raise platform is a great way for the parents to feed the babies to act as a form of grit as well as calcium to help their bones. Most landlords already know the benefits of cleaned, microwaved, crushed egg shells for the adults; but some may not be aware of the b...
by Dave Duit
Sun Jul 18, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2021 Lessons Learned
Replies: 7
Views: 2809

Re: 2021 Lessons Learned

Hi Birdman of Buckhead,
Great post. It is nice to see landlords putting the time in t o do some good observation. We can all learn by watching their behaviors.
by Dave Duit
Fri Jul 16, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hand warmers in compartments?
Replies: 5
Views: 1441

Re: Hand warmers in compartments?

I'm much like Martintown in that I use a long term solution. I have a four plex of metal grandpa modified houses in which I have space behind each house unit. I made a slide in box with open sides and is equipt with ceramic heater elements which do not touch any of the back exterior side of the hous...
by Dave Duit
Sun Jul 11, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can Someone Help? Where did the Martins Go?
Replies: 2
Views: 1198

Re: Can Someone Help? Where did the Martins Go?

HI James, Your martins are probably second year martins, youngsters that are visiting your site. If there is another colony around your area, they may have chose that site, Martins that chose a site have strong site fidelity, meaning if they had a successful year the prior year, they will continue r...
by Dave Duit
Thu Jul 08, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: High death rates
Replies: 13
Views: 2488

Re: High death rates

Hi Craig,
Like ToyinPA mentioned, probably starvation. I know it may be too late with your colony, but please contact as many nearby colony landlords as possible and spread the word about supplement feeding.
by Dave Duit
Mon Jul 05, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM in The Ottawa Citizen
Replies: 2
Views: 1256

Re: PM in The Ottawa Citizen

Thank you for the post, much appreciated. It is nice to see the martins getting a little ink once in a while.
by Dave Duit
Sat Jul 03, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My First Successful Season
Replies: 2
Views: 1245

Re: My First Successful Season

Congrats. Now that you have had some success it is time to study up and make sure you are doing everything that is correct in the purple martin world. If you are going to keep with the barn style, be sure to expand the compartment sizes to 12 inches deep. There are instructions online on how to make...