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Posts: 14
Joined: Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:51 pm
Location: Bossier City Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2020 first year: 2 pair, 9 eggs, 6 fledged

Hello all, just introducing myself real quick. My name is Austin and have been following the forum for quite a while now and finally joined the party! I grew up around martins with my grandfather and my dad and just fell in to it. I moved into a new house last year in northwest Louisiana and was lucky enough to get 2 pair the first try, both pair were mature birds. I’m only running a 8 hole house but that’s plenty rooms for now. I’m only 28 years old so there’s plenty more houses to come. Thanks for the welcome and hope to see good news this spring
Posts: 297
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Welcome!!!! Good to hear from you and very excited to hear of your success. As you probably know this is a great place to get advice and support. It's a great place to share success and sorrows. I couldn't think of a better forum for martin landlords. Again welcome and the best to you this season.
Posts: 473
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

Welcome Austin, that is great being able to have success in your first season, many will be jealous of that. It is common for an ASY bird to start a colony. Good Luck in filling all eight of your cavities this year, they sure are fun to watch.
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Posts: 2997
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

You will be surprised, especially being in the south, if you had 2 pair last year you could likely use another house this year. Martin colonies can grow quick and it is also often the case that you won't achieve 100% occupancy in a single house. You could leave that house up and only get 5-7 pair for the next ten years. Then you could add another 30 cavities and end up with 25 pair the very next year.
Congrats and welcome to the forum.
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1919
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

... DBH. ... Welcome to the PMCA Forum.. Great to have you here with us... Sounds like you are off to a good start last year.. with two pair... There is good chance you could double up with four pair this year..
Good Luck in 2021. .... :grin: :grin:

Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

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Dave Duit
Posts: 1849
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit and join.

It warms us all to see a new member and welcome aboard to the world of martins. This forum has many knowledgeable landlords that will be happy to answer your questions or concerns.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
Posts: 674
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: See Signature

Its good to have you aboard, DBH. There's a lot of great folks here with unlimited wealth of knowledge. I've gotten a lot of great ideas from here over the years and have made many changes and additions to my colony. 6 years ago I had 2 pairs then last year I ballooned from 4 pairs to 15 pairs. I went from a 16 cavity gourd rack to having converted it to an 18 cavity rack last year and just finished modifying it to a 24 cavity gourd rack for this year. I'm also adding a T-14 and will put 4 gourds under that.

What's my point in all of this? Once you get the fever it'll happen to you. Your 8 cavity house will turn into an impressive colony one day.

Good luck to you. We look forward to hearing about your season.

2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
Posts: 14
Joined: Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:51 pm
Location: Bossier City Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2020 first year: 2 pair, 9 eggs, 6 fledged

Thank y’all for the warm welcome! I am excited for the future of my colony and do plan on expanding most likely next year. Between our new baby and the new house I’ve put expanding the colony on the back burner but I for sure have the fever and will be in the future!

Posts: 143
Joined: Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:58 am
Location: Awesome Florida
Martin Colony History: Newbie in 2020: 2 pair of SY with 4 eggs each in Troyer Horizontals
fledged a total of 7 Martins

Welcome Austin!
I wish you luck in your new home, your young family and of course a cool hobby. 8)
Posts: 238
Joined: Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:35 pm
Location: Marlboro County, SC
Martin Colony History: Capacity: 72 Troyers on 3 X Super-24 racks

Welcome to the site. A ton of information here. Good luck on the 2021 season.
Location: Marlboro County, SC

2021: Capacity: 72 - First Scouts: 2/22
2020: Capacity: 72 - First Scouts: 2/11 - 71 pair - 298 fledged
2019: Capacity: 72 - First Scouts: 2/22 - 70 pair - 315 fledged
2018: Capacity: 70 - First Scouts: 2/18 - 60 pair - 270 fledged
2017: Capacity: 42 - First Scouts: 2/25 - 39 pair
2016: Capacity: 42 - First Scouts: 3/10 - 32 pair
2015: Capacity: 24 - First Scouts: 3/23 - 4 pair

Purple Martins Of South Carolina
Posts: 251
Joined: Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:40 pm
Location: Palm City, FL
Martin Colony History: 2018 will be my first try. 6 S&K B09s. 29 eggs - 8 fledged
2019 - 12 Troyer Horizontals with tunnels, 6 S&K B09s and 12 B011s all with tunnels. 43 eggs - 36 fledged
2020 - Rack 1 - 6 B011s, Rack 2 - 24 B011s, and Rack 3 - 24 Troyer Horizontals. All gourds have tunnels, porches and crescent/Conley 11 entrances; racks have predator guards. 161 eggs - 88 fledged

Welcome Austin,
I got into this martin thing recently and this season will be my 4th. Be prepared to get "hooked." I raised my 3 racks (54 gourds total) toward the end of December and was as jumpy as a cat on a hot tin roof until I saw my first returns on the 16th of this month. I really enjoy sitting in my chair in the early evening watching my birds dance in the sky before they all streak into the gourds. A sight I welcome and find thrilling each day.
When you get into "landlording" the hobby rolls into a little effort but it's worthwhile and rewarding. A favorite photo of mine is of my grand-nephew holding a nestling in his palm as I was doing a weekly nest-check. The grin on that 8 year old boy's face was priceless. "Grand Pops, this little guy is going to fly all the way to South America? It's so small and Brazil is so far away!!"
Come to the forum with any and all questions. People here that have worlds of experience are all anxious to coach newcomers and give advice to stumped old timers.
I'm a New Orleans native living in Florida since graduating from LSU in 1965 (MS in Wildlife Biology) and love to see new and young participants involving into a rewarding effort toward aiding wildlife.
Happy Martining, Mike
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