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by handyman315
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Egg shells for Martins
Replies: 19
Views: 2723

Re: Egg shells for Martins

Crushed oyster shells will not spoil, and should keep without any special handling; however, as I mentioned, my Martins will only eat (chicken) egg shells, that do need special handling to avoid spoiling if kept long(er) periods. Some landlords boil them.
by handyman315
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Late babies!!
Replies: 5
Views: 958

Re: Late babies!!

Have the same thing going on at my second-year colony. Very helpful answers, mwren & ToyinPa. Thanks.
by handyman315
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Egg shells for Martins
Replies: 19
Views: 2723

Re: Egg shells for Martins

Eggshells might be one of my biggest PM successes as a second-year landlord, i.e., they devour them, and yes, they do in fact feed them to their babies; I've watched them with binoculars, and my egg shells are really disappearing now that several pairs have babies. They still prefer them crunched in...
by handyman315
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice for Adding House to Gourd Setup?
Replies: 6
Views: 1177

Re: Advice for Adding House to Gourd Setup?

Really appreciate the comments. Just the kind of candid input needed. Thanks.
by handyman315
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice for Adding House to Gourd Setup?
Replies: 6
Views: 1177

Advice for Adding House to Gourd Setup?

Thinking of adding a nice pole-house combo to my growing PM colony, but knowledge is limited and pretty much confined to gourds . . . which I like, BTW. But darned if those houses don't look sharp, especially ones like the T-14, but what happens in the off season? Can they be taken down, or must the...
by handyman315
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Peculiar Martin Habit Question From a Newbie LL
Replies: 2
Views: 550

Re: Peculiar Martin Habit Question From a Newbie LL

We'd all like to know why birds do what they do. I've lived with 3 parrots for 19 years & still wonder why they do some of the things they do. I would guess they are letting the rain wash their face & beak clean. If you've seen them wiping their beak on power lines, perching rods, etc., that's the ...
by handyman315
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Peculiar Martin Habit Question From a Newbie LL
Replies: 2
Views: 550

Peculiar Martin Habit Question From a Newbie LL

On more than one occasion I've noticed some of my Martins sitting/perching with their heads pointing straight up (beak up) especially in a light rain, and often for several long minutes, maybe 10 or 15 minutes or more at a stretch, and sitting nearly perfectly still. What are they doing? Are they yo...
by handyman315
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bee Martin
Replies: 7
Views: 2408

Re: Bee Martin

My Dad also called them "Bee Martins" and today when one (an Eastern) showed up at my PM colony the PMs were none too pleased and took to chasing him off. Is he a threat, maybe to their babies?
by handyman315
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do Unsuccessful SY Male Bachelors Return?
Replies: 7
Views: 1079

Re: Do Unsuccessful SY Male Bachelors Return?

Almost exactly the way my new colony started, i.e., SY-M clearly claimed my site in 2016 but could never get a female to move in/stay. He returned in 2017 (as a dandy ASY-M) and brought along two females. Other birds joined in, and he and Rio Rita hatched out five chubby babies. He's back again this...
by handyman315
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie Question
Replies: 4
Views: 731

Re: Newbie Question

Hi Handyman, I suspect a numbers count miscalculation. Many times martins will enter their cavities very late in the day; like 9:30 PM. They will fly in fast and enter their cavity with little notice. At my colony I have a nest or two with one egg; which indicates a young pair. I also have a cavity...
by handyman315
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie Question
Replies: 4
Views: 731

Newbie Question

As a second-year (nesting) landlord, my PM knowledge is still growing (I hope). Last year my new, small colony had nesting numbers that seemed to make sense, e.g., three nests with eggs/babies from about 11 adult birds total. This year my numbers just don't add up, e.g., nine nests with 45 eggs/babi...
by handyman315
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Curious about behavior
Replies: 5
Views: 679

Re: Curious about behavior

I've seen the behavior, esp in males . . . and have a theory . . . he's showing the female what a fine provider he would be/is, e.g., ". . . with big, wide jaws like this I can catch the biggest damselflies for our young ones". From the PMCA: "Courtship: An early stage in the breeding cycle, beginni...
by handyman315
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They were here for 10 days, now they're gone
Replies: 9
Views: 995

Re: They were here for 10 days, now they're gone

Sounds like your ASY male may have already claimed your site as his colony, but he just can't get a female interested enough to move in (nest). Try to imagine him decked out next spring in that splendid all-black tux . . . he'll be a lot more attractive to both ASY and SY females. I know it's tough ...
by handyman315
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest check in east tenn
Replies: 8
Views: 756

Re: Nest check in east tenn

Hey I have a ?? Its june 6th do you think there’s enough time for those subadult males to get mates and fledge some little ones this year. And at what time of the year here in East Tennessee will the martins start to migrate south. Agree with what Dave Reynolds has already said. Even here in SW OH,...
by handyman315
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest check in east tenn
Replies: 8
Views: 756

Re: Nest check in east tenn

Yes you did!! I went this morning and got the 4 hand made stainless steel 20ft racks today with winches can’t wait to put them up this fall. They all 4 hold 24 gourds. One of them goes to our veterans home if their Director will allow me to put them up. How is your year going handyman315. Really en...
by handyman315
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 10 martin eggs in 1 nest
Replies: 5
Views: 543

Re: 10 martin eggs in 1 nest

Eight to hatch in one nest is the most I've ever read about. Have seven in one nest myself this year.

Please keep us informed; there is some variation in color, but if all 10 of these hatch, you may hold the record!

Thanks for posting the picture.
by handyman315
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest check in east tenn
Replies: 8
Views: 756

Re: Nest check in east tenn

Glad to hear your colony is underway! :grin: Those SY males can be troublesome and will sometimes try to mate with your adult female, maybe even worse. Nice thing is, SY birds turn into ASY birds and can ultimately be part of your foundation, although that ASY pair should remain as your anchor pair....
by handyman315
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: about 1 more week of hope for me.
Replies: 8
Views: 1107

Re: about 1 more week of hope for me.

In my second successful year after three unsuccessful* years. *Hindsight has convinced me those three years were not nearly as unsuccessful as I thought, progress was being made. If forced to pick a handful of things that turned for me that third season - and not previously done - here they are: 1) ...
by handyman315
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Egg shells for Martins
Replies: 19
Views: 2723

Re: Egg shells for Martins

I've tried platforms to get my PMs off the ground (I worry about hawks), but they won't touch them, but crunch the eggshells up very finely on the concrete driveway with my feet after the eggs are well sun baked and dried and the PMs flock to them, along with the Barn Swallows and Tree Swallows. May...
by handyman315
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When they fledge
Replies: 8
Views: 792

Re: When they fledge

Was lucky enough to see the "fledge party" last year - my first year. Pretty sure the visitors came from a colony about five miles away, and one day saw them arriving like a flight of bombers, maybe 12 or 15 extra birds! It's as if they came to encourage the youngsters to take flight, peering in cav...

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