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by bootjack farm
Sun May 30, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: An Eastern Kingbird.....
Replies: 27
Views: 3683

Re: An Eastern Kingbird.....

I had a similar problem w/ Kingbirds. You might check and see if they have a nest nearby. In my case they liked a particular Elderberry bush that was within 100 ft. of my Martins. I did a little "habitat alteration" the following fall and it seemed to have solved the problem.
by bootjack farm
Sun May 30, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nutritional value Cricket vs. Mealworms
Replies: 0
Views: 472

Nutritional value Cricket vs. Mealworms

Something I found on Grubco's website is their analysis
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. Apparently this was done by an independent lab.
by bootjack farm
Thu Apr 22, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings!
Replies: 8
Views: 2016

Re: Starlings!

Your housing should have starling resistance entrances. I believe that will solve your problem.
by bootjack farm
Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Suffocation risk?
Replies: 2
Views: 1272

Re: Suffocation risk?

Thank you. I reached out to another off line and got the same advice. Great minds...
by bootjack farm
Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Suffocation risk?
Replies: 2
Views: 1272

Suffocation risk?

Ok, the weather has turned bad. Yesterday was low in 30's. I have two ASY returns so far. They are in the top left gourd which has the entrance plugged with snow. Should I brush it away of just leave? The only incoming air would be from the two small (about 1/4" vents) and any air that gets in/out f...
by bootjack farm
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Making Sure
Replies: 4
Views: 1288

Re: Making Sure

If the TS's have taken up your BB house, that is what you want. The TS do not need nesting material. I have no data but it might actually discourage them. I have two distantly separated PM units, each with their own BB house. The TS's hang out on PM units likely because it gives them a good view of ...
by bootjack farm
Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 16+ yr established site now having tree swallow issues
Replies: 8
Views: 2393

Re: 16+ yr established site now having tree swallow issues

I try to co-exist w/ TS and so far so good. I have many TS. Here's what works for me: 1) Keep PM units plugged until they arrive. 2) Place one open BB house within short distance of unit. 30-40 ft. 3) Plug other BB houses in vicinity until this one is taken up by TS. 4) Others in the past have recom...
by bootjack farm
Thu Mar 11, 2021 7:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Early Bird In PA
Replies: 11
Views: 2625

Re: Early Bird In PA

OMG! I better get the housing up. I haven't even seen a TS yet...they generally get to our area 4/1 prior to PM's.
by bootjack farm
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wasps and PM housing
Replies: 8
Views: 1517

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: 2047

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: 2047

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: 2493

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: 2493

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: 5292

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: 4393

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: 4393

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: 4393

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: 4393

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: 3710

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: 2303

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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