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by rrmartins
Sat May 30, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do they need privacy at first?
Replies: 7
Views: 308

Re: Do they need privacy at first?

You can spend time around them, but I wouldn’t change anything at this point.
Good luck!!!
by rrmartins
Wed May 27, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Waking near the Martins
Replies: 11
Views: 528

Re: Waking near the Martins

The more time you spend outside around them, the tamer they will get. A lot of times the birds will still fly off and sometimes not. I have three momma birds that stay on their nest and just sit there and look at me while doing nest checks. One of them even let me put my hand under her to count the ...
by rrmartins
Wed May 27, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Something has been going on in one of my rooms....
Replies: 13
Views: 739

Re: Something has been going on in one of my rooms....

Crazy birds, lol!!! Congrats on your first pair. I always help my SY martins out a little trying to ensure success. I would help them build a little better nest, put some leaves under the eggs and build the nest up a little to keep them together, so they don’t roll around, they won’t mind the help. ...
by rrmartins
Mon May 25, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brake Winch
Replies: 9
Views: 383

Re: Brake Winch

No Sir, it’s not any fun at all on my knees and the thought of it knocking you out or killing you if it falls. I’ve often thought about using a 12v winch like used on a ATV. My housing sits about 12ft. off my back porch so I have easy, short access to power, I’m sure that may be a factor for some. E...
by rrmartins
Sun May 24, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brake Winch
Replies: 9
Views: 383

Re: Brake Winch

Sounds good. My only concern is that it’s going to require more torque with that long of a extension, a electric drill or motor might be needed, not sure how heavy your rack is. Good luck with it, enjoy your Martins!!!
by rrmartins
Sun May 24, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brake Winch
Replies: 9
Views: 383

Re: Brake Winch

Dutton Lainson WG1500.
I just pulled this winch up and on Amazon it doesn’t show it having the 5/8 drive on it. Be sure to look at that before purchase, it’s a 5/8, worm gear, hex drive that you want.
by rrmartins
Sun May 24, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brake Winch
Replies: 9
Views: 383

Re: Brake Winch

Works very fast, yes it’s a worm gear. I’ve got it on my T14 for fours years now, put a little grease on the gears twice a year and it works great. It also comes with a crank handle if needed. I do have a 1/2 electric drill for backup, so far 18v Dewalt doing the job. I cut the end off a cheap 3/8 d...
by rrmartins
Sun May 24, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brake Winch
Replies: 9
Views: 383

Re: Brake Winch

I switched to a 5/8 hex drive and use a cordless drill to use it. No more cranking or worrying about brake holding.
by rrmartins
Sat May 23, 2020 4:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My first pair....and....drama.......Virginia
Replies: 20
Views: 1102

Re: My first pair....and....drama.......Virginia

Sounds like your on your way!!! Usually if you dispatch a couple starlings the rest will leave. The HOSP on the other hand can be a constant battle, especially at first, your neighbors houses aren’t helping you any there, so stay on them, you will eventually start thinning them out some. GOOD LUCK A...
by rrmartins
Sat May 23, 2020 4:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies being attacked
Replies: 12
Views: 609

Re: Babies being attacked

Sorry to hear this is happening Sharon. We have lots of Mockingbirds around our house and have never seen any of them on our T14 or harassing our Martins. I’m leaning towards a sub that didn’t get a mate or a male HOSP. Hard to believe it would be a male HOSP though, you would hear him all day long ...
by rrmartins
Wed May 20, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Success under the porch of the ranch house
Replies: 7
Views: 488

Re: Success under the porch of the ranch house

Wow, how neat is that? Never saw a baby vulture before.
I unfortunately found four baby blue jays hopping around my flower bed yesterday, couldn’t find there nest, put them in the shade and mom went down too them, I’m sure they perished though.
by rrmartins
Thu May 14, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Round Rock, Texas Martiners
Replies: 2
Views: 206

Re: Round Rock, Texas Martiners

Greenhill subdivision. Go down Bowman near Mays, you can’t miss my T14 across from TCBH cattle field.
by rrmartins
Tue May 05, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Predator Guards: A Story of Love & Betrayal
Replies: 11
Views: 777

Re: Predator Guards: A Story of Love & Betrayal

Hello everybody, everyone needs to read up and take action on this topic. My ten year old colony was nearly destroyed by a large rat climbing the cable and up and over the bird netting, getting into the T14 at night. For ten years I just had the bird netting and I thought I was good to go, boy was I...
by rrmartins
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: While we wait
Replies: 11
Views: 854

Re: While we wait

Well - With the COVID-19 fun many of us get to work from home for the next several weeks and go nowhere. On a good note, it gives us more time to keep an eye out for returning Martins. Here in Middle Tennessee it's cold raining and just nasty (40's and 50's). It's hard to imagine a PM could survive...
by rrmartins
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Blowing up
Replies: 8
Views: 1182

Re: Blowing up

Glad they’re still coming in!!!
After last years bad luck I’m only up to three pair, seven birds total. Keep them coming, having to start over here.
Good luck!!!
by rrmartins
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cool picture I took. Add yours.
Replies: 29
Views: 3266

Re: Cool picture I took. Add yours.

How do you add photos from phone library?
by rrmartins
Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting close to doubling colony size!
Replies: 18
Views: 824

Re: Getting close to doubling colony size!

Glad your efforts are paying off, always exciting when there’s so many flying around you can’t count them.
Good luck!!!
by rrmartins
Sun Mar 01, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Possible colony destroyed
Replies: 23
Views: 1634

Re: Possible colony destroyed

Had three ASY males on the house this morning, now they just need to navigate the wing entrapment pieces and we’re good.
by rrmartins
Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Possible colony destroyed
Replies: 23
Views: 1634

Re: Possible colony destroyed

The lone male was singing away on the house just a few minutes ago. I’m glad my misfortune has helped others be more proactive.
Let’s have a great year everyone!!!
by rrmartins
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pole Question
Replies: 3
Views: 333

Re: Pole Question

Welder might need to fab something, shouldn’t be a big deal, some are mobile.