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by Spiderman
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Male Martin feeding Babies
Replies: 2
Views: 471

Male Martin feeding Babies

So at this point, I only have one Gourd left to fledge. I noticed for the last 3 weeks a male has been feeding these babies without the help of a female. Regardless of what happened to the female, I have never seen a male ASY take ownership and feed young in this situation. Usually the instinct to b...
by Spiderman
Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: make wood house or purchase gourd?
Replies: 8
Views: 1529

Re: make wood house or purchase gourd?

thanks for all the input. I think i am leaning toward gourds for less weight I am now considering Troyer horizontal gourds with the ring rack. Any suggestions to which is better horizontal or vertical gourds? I have 3 of the Troyer ring racks with Horizontal Gourds. I think they are fabulous to rai...
by Spiderman
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin News From Northwest Louisiana
Replies: 7
Views: 644

Re: Purple Martin News From Northwest Louisiana

Your the Man, Steve. I know you spend a tremendous amount of time with your Colony and not just while the Martins are here. Setting up the gourds, prenesting, and cleaning them out after season takes a lot of time. I appreciate you guiding me to the Troyer Horizontal gourds. They have doubled the am...
by Spiderman
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Removing concrete or cutting off ground stakes
Replies: 4
Views: 481

Re: Removing concrete or cutting off ground stakes

In the future, it's always good to have the concrete stop 4" to 6"s below ground level, just for this reason.
by Spiderman
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: gourd racks
Replies: 9
Views: 760

Re: gourd racks

I have found with the Troyer Horizintal Gourds the owls do not have access to the Martins. With the vertical gourds they can reach into the Gourd at night and pull the Martins out. At this time I have 82 Horizontal Gourds and 3 Gemini round Gourd racks and (after adding 3/4" vents) have had no probl...
by Spiderman
Sun Jul 05, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Taking gourds down?
Replies: 4
Views: 534

Re: Taking gourds down?

I leave the gourds up for at least a month after the Martins leave. Allot of Martins migrate south through here and sometimes they will come in at dusk and stay the night then leave before sunrise the next morning.
by Spiderman
Sun Jul 05, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Jumper with mites
Replies: 3
Views: 398

Re: Jumper with mites

Just lower the Gourd rack and put 1/4 teaspoon of 5% dust in all of the gourds. That will solve your problems with the jumpers. I'm glad the adults came to check on the baby and you were able to identify the Gourd that it went in. Same trick may work with the 2nd one. Martins body temperature is 104...
by Spiderman
Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Would anyone like to help?
Replies: 17
Views: 1349

Re: Would anyone like to help?

Thanks all, FYI, yesterday I removed an empty horizontal gourd, drilled and added elbows. With no nesting material, the outside temp was 92 degrees and the inside of gourd was 98.......later in the day the temp dropped to 88 and the inside of the gourd was 83. I would do this with an empty Gourd an...
by Spiderman
Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bad eggs?
Replies: 9
Views: 767

Re: Bad eggs?

Did you have a severe late cold front that could have chilled some of the eggs so they wouldn't hatch?

The Martins will sometimes discard of infertile eggs or roll them to the edge of the nest.
by Spiderman
Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: NEW MEMBER EXPERIENCE
Replies: 7
Views: 758

Re: NEW MEMBER EXPERIENCE

I sent you a personal message with my contact info.

I live in Gladewater, Texas and can assist you with your Martins and setup.

Call me or send me an email.
by Spiderman
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Troyer H. Gourds.
Replies: 6
Views: 677

Re: Troyer H. Gourds.

I changed over to these gourds over the last 5 years, 82 gourds in all. In my experience they are the best gourds you can offer. What Whippy said is true, there may be a small amount of water come in the entrance in a wind blown rain but it will drain quickly and not damage the nest. But they offer ...
by Spiderman
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Found a youngster on the ground at lunchtime
Replies: 3
Views: 406

Re: Found a youngster on the ground at lunchtime

That's one of the primary reasons we do nest checks every 7 days or so. To identify where a Fledgling is missing so he goes back in the correct Gourd. He will keep jumping until you get the correct Gourd or starves. Parents aren't going to feed a baby at that age that isn't theirs. I don't mean to s...
by Spiderman
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: jumpers and it's not hot
Replies: 5
Views: 559

Re: jumpers and it's not hot

Everything posted here is true. Just make sure you purchase 5% Sevin dust.

A quarter teaspoon in each Gourd will reduce your jumpers dramatically.

If you ever get mites on your arm for just a few minutes you will realize the aggravation the Fledglings are enduring.
by Spiderman
Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice please, I don't know what to try next.
Replies: 6
Views: 886

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

Why do you take the trap out at night?

I would just leave the trap in there until it does Its job.
by Spiderman
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What do you do when a fledling falls to the ground?
Replies: 7
Views: 639

Re: What do you do when a fledling falls to the ground?

This is one of the primary reasons that we do nest checks and document the results. I have had 3 fall to the ground this year. Well one of them has fallen out twice. He only has sight in one eye and the other side does not have an eyelid. I know in nature he is probably doomed as they feed on flying...
by Spiderman
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin banding
Replies: 8
Views: 756

Re: Martin banding

You should feel fortunate!

Master Banders are hard to find, I've tried to get Martins banded for years with no success.
by Spiderman
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Design Question
Replies: 5
Views: 504

Re: Design Question

In Virginia it may not be a problem, but in the southern states I would be concerned about heat buildup.
by Spiderman
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Southern Landlords?
Replies: 6
Views: 567

Re: Southern Landlords?

Sometimes it depends on how safe the adults view the site. Their are Owls, Cooper's Hawk, raccoons, and snakes among others. Some predators you will see, some you will never know were there. If the adults are happy with the security they may bring the Fledglings back at night for a week. Some adults...
by Spiderman
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The torn green leaf
Replies: 2
Views: 292

Re: The torn green leaf

Male Martins are like expectant fathers, they have nothing to do during incubation. Some will continue to bring leaves to the female all the way until the eggs start hatching. Some males bring in a tremendous number of leaves during this period and the eggs will be difficult for the female to keep t...
by Spiderman
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wood Ducks?
Replies: 2
Views: 281

Wood Ducks?

I have 3 of the round Troyer Gemini Gourd racks with 82 gourds. I have transitioned the Martins from living in wooden houses that I built many years ago to Troyer Horizontal Gourds. I would take down a house and replace it with a Gourd rack every few years. I still have one of the wooden houses, the...