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by bootjack farm
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wasps and PM housing
Replies: 8
Views: 153

Re: Wasps and PM housing

Paper wasps are fairly non-aggressive. I just reach in and flick the nest out of the gourd with a stick. As yet, haven't been stung. Yellow Jackets on the other hand...look out!
by bootjack farm
Fri Feb 12, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Distance from existing colony to start new colony
Replies: 7
Views: 467

Re: Distance from existing colony to start new colony

My question was focused on the SYs breed on the property the previous year. Actually the t-14 was my original set-up...probably going on 10 years now. I fell a couple large spruce this winter that were beyond 40 ft. but still potential predator cover. I also added Troyer tunnels to all my t-14 entra...
by bootjack farm
Wed Feb 10, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Distance from existing colony to start new colony
Replies: 7
Views: 467

Distance from existing colony to start new colony

I have an existing colony that is well established. About 100 yards away I have a second t-14 w/ Troyer gourds. This set-up struggles with one or two pair/year. The locations are not visible from each other (on opposite sides of our house). I know few SY birds return to their birth colony. My questi...
by bootjack farm
Fri Jan 29, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Parasites are okay
Replies: 6
Views: 1118

Re: Parasites are okay

Yes, Dave this should be interesting. Holding on. :grin:
by bootjack farm
Fri Jan 29, 2021 6:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Parasites are okay
Replies: 6
Views: 1118

Parasites are okay

Check out this study. I'm sure there's going to be universal agreement :wink: .

https://nestwatch.org/connect/blog/how- ... e-martins/
by bootjack farm
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Closing our site
Replies: 14
Views: 3248

Re: Closing our site

Larry and Judy, I really liked the idea of creating a satellite colony. It seems like such a great opportunity to share your love of the birds with others. I did a quick Google Earth flyover of Millstadt where your are apparently located. Two possible locations stuck out that are relatively open, bu...
by bootjack farm
Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ideas wanted for housing portable base
Replies: 12
Views: 2862

Re: Ideas wanted for housing portable base

The idea is to lend out the units for however long it takes to attract PUMAS so prospective landlords don't have the initial outlay of the high cost of a good set up. As you know wantabees often buy pretty low rent housing which may work against attracting PUMAs. The idea is that the newly successfu...
by bootjack farm
Sun Sep 13, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ideas wanted for housing portable base
Replies: 12
Views: 2862

Re: Ideas wanted for housing portable base

So here's what I would like to try ( Also remember we are trying to utilize the Troyer poles and ground stakes that are being donated): 1) Have a steel collar that slips over the ground stake. This would need to be fabricated. 2) From that collar, weld one piece of angle iron to each of the collar's...
by bootjack farm
Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ideas wanted for housing portable base
Replies: 12
Views: 2862

Re: Ideas wanted for housing portable base

I was thinking about retro fitting an outdoor basketball hoop base or attaching guy wires to the pole and anchor it with ground screws or rebar stakes. The guys would need to be below the predator guard. I was hoping someone out there has tried something that did or didn't work or had other ideas. T...
by bootjack farm
Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ideas wanted for housing portable base
Replies: 12
Views: 2862

Ideas wanted for housing portable base

I am working with the local Audubon Center on an idea to rent out a 6 gourd Troyer unit (as a fund raiser and to increase interest in PUMAs). Someone is willing to donate four units with ground stakes (no gourds) to them. We are kicking around the idea of completing the setups and renting them out t...
by bootjack farm
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Vent holes
Replies: 16
Views: 2116

Re: Vent holes

I actually asked this question to Andy Troyer. He claimed that in the northeast, drilling the vents on his gourds is all that is needed. I doubt this was based on science but rather years of experience.
by bootjack farm
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest check bonanza and approach to Cowbird egg?
Replies: 9
Views: 1357

Re: Nest check bonanza and approach to Cowbird egg?

Good point Ed. Technically you can't disturb a Cowbird egg either but try to catch me... I would be concerned about vegetable oil cross contaminating PUMA eggs. I read on the internet (so it must be true) that shaking the egg will destroy the embryo. That seems simple and easy if it works.
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by bootjack farm
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Decoy slipping
Replies: 8
Views: 3136

Re: Decoy slipping

JB Weld worked good for me.
by bootjack farm
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: my neighbor doesn't like my birds
Replies: 15
Views: 8160

Re: my neighbor doesn't like my birds

Possession of a protected specie carcass even though dead may be a violation of your state game law. that said, farmers around here shoot crows and hang them in their corn fields in a dubious attempt to scare off other crows. it may be as simple as that. i dealt with wing nuts as i called them for 3...
by bootjack farm
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New SY Males in central PA
Replies: 12
Views: 6444

Re: New SY Males in central PA

Toy, this is a bit off topic but i had a similar experience w/ grackles about a week ago. made me think there is an upside to these birds even though they are known to raid nests. i have two very large spruce trees near two of my pm units. the grackles nest in them every year. last week a coopers wa...
by bootjack farm
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: eggs without nesting materials.
Replies: 2
Views: 2051

Re: eggs without nesting materials.

yes, saw your post after i posted. assume if anyone has contrary opinion, we'll hear.
by bootjack farm
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Attack of the Western KingBird !!
Replies: 8
Views: 6430

Re: Attack of the Western KingBird !!

anthony, looks like your thread has run. i thought i'd ad my experience which might be helpful. king birds are very aggressive near their nest sites. i had one returning to the same patch of elderberry to nest. it was w/in 75 feet of my not yet occupied pm housing. any bird that came close was attac...
by bootjack farm
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: eggs without nesting materials.
Replies: 2
Views: 2051

eggs without nesting materials.

i have a pair of subs with three eggs laying directly on the plastic floor of a horizontal gourd. they apparently didn't like my white pine needles. should i leave as is or put bedding under the eggs? excuse no caps i'm typing w/ one hand today.
by bootjack farm
Sat May 04, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where do PM's go when they disappear in the afternoon?
Replies: 8
Views: 3270

Re: Where do PM's go when they disappear in the afternoon?

Wouldn't that be neat to have some way of actually track them during the days activity? I have no idea if a geo-locator could be made to send such precise data. Maybe a radio transmitter with ground based receivers that could triangulate location? Beyond my pay grade.
by bootjack farm
Fri May 03, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where do PM's go when they disappear in the afternoon?
Replies: 8
Views: 3270

Where do PM's go when they disappear in the afternoon?

Just wondering what they're up to when they disappear each afternoon. Has there been any studies on this activity? How far do they roam? How high? Are they alone or many together? Are they just foraging, playing or what? I'm sure there are many theories/opinions but is there any science on this topic?