Question about closing apartments when purple martins leave

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wpakalka
Posts: 12
Joined: Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:18 pm
Location: Houston Texasa

Do you completely empty and clean every apartment, even ones in which the martins left neatly arranged beds of twigs? Thanks for any advice.
flyin-lowe
Posts: 2939
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

I completely empty all my compartments and I take all my housing down and store it in a shed for the winter. The weather can get pretty harry in Indiana some winters. In your case I would guess extra months of sun light could cause things to wear out quicker. I also feel like leaving nesting material in year round in my area would draw in a lot of moisture from the humidity we have. Once they leave I empty mine out pretty quickly. The gourds get a quick spray with a hose and the T 14's just get the nest trays removed and dumped out.
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.
wpakalka
Posts: 12
Joined: Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:18 pm
Location: Houston Texasa

Thank you. I am in Houston, Texas, where humidity is crazy high all year.
Dave Duit
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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 www.iamartin.org and join.

In addition , I leave mine up for passing migrators for about two weeks after I see the very last of my colony martins leave. Then I clean and store and make any repairs needed for next spring.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
wpakalka
Posts: 12
Joined: Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:18 pm
Location: Houston Texasa

Thank you.
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