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by deancamp
Tue Jan 26, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Recommendations for a new house set up
Replies: 6
Views: 53

Re: Recommendations for a new house set up

The Martins at my place prefer the gourds, so that is the direction I would go. I assume you don't have a colony now? If not have you checked out the gourd rack bundles on the pmca site? I like the gourds with the tunnels and sreh. The 2" aluminum poles would be plenty stout and are nice to look at ...
by deancamp
Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Understanding nest building
Replies: 8
Views: 116

Re: Understanding nest building

Has anyone prenested and then had mud added to that nest?
by deancamp
Sun Jan 24, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Understanding nest building
Replies: 8
Views: 116

Understanding nest building

As to not hijack the thread Cleaning out my Gourds, I started this one. My Mom had Trio housing and never prenested. Mud dams were the rule in her nests. I have mostly all gourds and have always prenested with pine needles and no mud of any kind added to nests. Is this more a prenest vs not prenesti...
by deancamp
Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cleaning out my gourds
Replies: 6
Views: 83

Re: Cleaning out my gourds

I think the dirt your talking about is the old nesting material breaking down and settling to the bottom. I would clean them out and give them a fresh start with clean pine needles.
by deancamp
Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 7
Views: 524

Re: Introduction

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.
by deancamp
Thu Jan 21, 2021 7:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Opening established houses
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Re: Opening established houses

I understand your aware of the scouting reports and maps so use that information to determine when the first birds are back in your area. Put your housing up a week or two prior to those dates. If you have trouble keeping sparrows and starlings out keep the holes plugged until you actually see Marti...
by deancamp
Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need help replacing a bird house pole
Replies: 5
Views: 118

Re: Need help replacing a bird house pole

As said before a handy man near you can sure do it. If you pick the right one they should help you in matching your pole as well. Good Luck
by deancamp
Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hoping to be a new Landlord
Replies: 19
Views: 1671

Re: Hoping to be a new Landlord

As SS said a female ASY can come back to a colony before the males, although it will be a male that starts your colony. They will choose a nesting cavity and go out and attract a female to bring back with him. It usually takes some coaxing for her to stay. Do a search from the home page for purple m...
by deancamp
Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Moving?
Replies: 1
Views: 123

Re: Moving?

Did you take your housing with you? I would say your starting over if you left it behind. If you took it with you there will be displaced birds looking for a home and you might get some of them back for that reason. Play the dawn song, etc. as if you are starting over.
by deancamp
Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree swallow anxiety, try this.
Replies: 9
Views: 328

Re: Tree swallow anxiety, try this.

Nice post, good to have real world remedies. Not all problems are solved by only one method.
by deancamp
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Free T-14 and Pole
Replies: 17
Views: 525

Re: Free T-14 and Pole

Haha, glad to see Jangles set up going to a good home. It will be filling up in no time.
by deancamp
Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Free T-14 and Pole
Replies: 17
Views: 525

Re: Free T-14 and Pole

Oh no Whippy, I was hiping you wouldn't get this great setup. Based on a post you made on a different thread and your desire for Purple Martin housing you are on a crash course for a divorce. :)
by deancamp
Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Duracraft Castle nest box build
Replies: 3
Views: 142

Re: Trio Duracraft Castle nest box build

Thanks for the heads up Matt. I'll definitely keep a watch on that, in fact I'll probably go ahead and put some drain holes in them now. Can't see there would be any negative effect even if not needed.
by deancamp
Fri Jan 01, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Duracraft Castle nest box build
Replies: 3
Views: 142

Trio Duracraft Castle nest box build

I made some nest boxes for my Trio Duracraft Castle as water will seep in under the doors. I used the plastic cardboard or yard sign material and I think it will work well. It is easy to work with, light weight and water will not affect it. I made a prototype from carboard before cutting the plastic...
by deancamp
Sat Dec 26, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New satellite rack with naturals all prenested and painted
Replies: 7
Views: 233

Re: New satellite rack with naturals all prenested and painted

Looking good, that's definitely a piece of mind knowing the rack is solid and won't deteriorate. I don't think the birds will have an issue with getting up and under to your inner cicle. Curious to here your observations on that. The upside down idea is intriguing as well.
by deancamp
Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New gourd rack ready to go on pole
Replies: 5
Views: 418

Re: New gourd rack ready to go on pole

That's cool David, job well done. How many gourds do you figure it will hold?
by deancamp
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with Purple Martin House Location (New)
Replies: 12
Views: 407

Re: Help with Purple Martin House Location (New)

If it were me, I would keep it closer to my house so they could be seen and enjoyed easier. For instance if you have a deck on the back of your house and set out there much there is a lot of open space on the back side of your house as well. Any potential locations you have are plenty close to your ...
by deancamp
Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Mini Castle
Replies: 10
Views: 1063

Re: Trio Mini Castle

Thanks for the clarification Matt. Nice to have someone so knowledgeable on the forum.
by deancamp
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio Mini Castle
Replies: 10
Views: 1063

Re: Trio Mini Castle

I inherited the same style house except it has 3 stories. I thought I read it was a Duracraft, but guess I was mistaken. I was able to enlarge the compartments with a 3" hole saw. Actually took it completely apart and did a full remodel so that I could use it with a winch system. Also added porch di...
by deancamp
Wed Dec 09, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Landloards in Cedar Creek or Bastrop Texas area
Replies: 11
Views: 630

Re: Landloards in Cedar Creek or Bastrop Texas area

I am not familiar with the area you are in, but with that being said don't rule out an ASY bird starting your colony. It is not uncommon that they get displaced from last years housing for some reason and are looking for a new start. My colony was started by an ASY male as many others on this forum....