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by jpp77
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: All Gourds In Storage
Replies: 3
Views: 259

Re: All Gourds In Storage

Thanks for the info. I plan on maxing out at two racks with 16 gourds on each, so won't be as big of a deal for me to take them down each year. I could see how your setup would be next to impossible to take all of them down.
by jpp77
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas Landlords. How Many Years Did You Wait For That First Pair
Replies: 5
Views: 2790

Re: Texas Landlords. How Many Years Did You Wait For That First Pair

Took me 3 years. I remember when I was younger it took my parents 5 years. They now have a colony of about 30-40 pair every year and they don't have an ideal setup. Trees fairly close to the housing, etc.. Martins don't seem to mind now. They actually sit in the trees which most people state NEVER h...
by jpp77
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: All Gourds In Storage
Replies: 3
Views: 259

Re: All Gourds In Storage

Very nice! Curious about one thing and I suppose it depends on where you live? Does leaving the racks up during the "off season" cause in problems? Rust, etc..? I have 1 Gemini rack but purchasing a second. The last two years I have taken the whole thing down and stored in my shop. However, I live i...
by jpp77
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Better storage of my gourds
Replies: 8
Views: 1084

Re: Better storage of my gourds

Sounds nice!
by jpp77
Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Better storage of my gourds
Replies: 8
Views: 1084

Re: Better storage of my gourds

Thanks! I'm not here to push housing on people, but man my Bo11+ (gourd within a gourd with vent caps) worked like gangbusters this year. Had many days with babies in 105 degree temps with heat indices over 110 and I didn't lose a single baby to heat. I was just sure I would. Can't hang as many on a...
by jpp77
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Better storage of my gourds
Replies: 8
Views: 1084

Better storage of my gourds

Needed a better way to store my gourds in the off-season, so built this in my shop. Nothing fancy, but it's definitely a space saver. Room for another row below if I decide to expend by one more gourd rack.
by jpp77
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bad Storm = Bad Damage
Replies: 6
Views: 2083

Re: Bad Storm = Bad Damage

Damn. That's rough. Glad your birds where gone, but still.
by jpp77
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Forum vs Facebook
Replies: 10
Views: 1622

Re: The Forum vs Facebook

Quite Facebook years ago and never looked back.
by jpp77
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heat Index 110
Replies: 1
Views: 617

Heat Index 110

Have a few nests that haven't fledged yet which is late for me. I'm not sure they will make it through these next few days. Should be fledge by this weekend, but temps and heat index not getting better over next few days.
by jpp77
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Storm! Missing Martins
Replies: 5
Views: 928

Re: Storm! Missing Martins

If the housing was not damaged, I doubt the Martins left. Have storms almost weekly where I live, and it's never bothered them.
by jpp77
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First successful year
Replies: 4
Views: 2715

Re: First successful year

Congrats!!!

Sure hope I never have to deal with snakes, luckily my dogs do a pretty good job of keeping any preditors out of the back yard.
by jpp77
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Maxed OUT!!
Replies: 13
Views: 7021

Re: Maxed OUT!!

This forum should be a place people can come for information, etc.. and not have to worry about someone judging them for how they handle there colony.
by jpp77
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Maxed OUT!!
Replies: 13
Views: 7021

Re: Maxed OUT!!

<t>Interesting philosophy. After years of improvements to martin husbandry such as expanded cavities, various gourds designs and improved martin houses, predator guards, attraction techniques and devices, starling resistant entrances and many efforts to grow the martin population in areas experienc...
by jpp77
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Maxed OUT!!
Replies: 13
Views: 7021

Re: Maxed OUT!!

To each his/her own. I do nest checks once every week or so give or take when I have time and weather cooperates. If I see an insect or mite problem, I take care of it. I walk around my gourd rack every day when I get home to look for anything suspicious and I've gotten rid of 4 sparrows and 2 starl...
by jpp77
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Still No Takers
Replies: 4
Views: 2636

Re: Still No Takers

Definitely leave it up until season is over. Allow other young to see it
by jpp77
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Beware the Buffalo Gnats
Replies: 10
Views: 3766

Re: Beware the Buffalo Gnats

I live near Lawrence where the flooding hasn't been as big of an issue. Hope I don't have to deal with this. Eggs have just started hatching.
by jpp77
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First time landlord
Replies: 16
Views: 2295

Re: First time landlord

Don't get discouraged. It took me three years to get an established colony even though I had "visitors" each year. If this is the first year with your housing up and you had "visitors", you will likely get them next year. Especially with a large colony close by.
by jpp77
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Maxed OUT!!
Replies: 13
Views: 7021

Re: Maxed OUT!!

I LOVE the Gemini rack. That 3" square pole is the key for me living in Kansas with our wind
by jpp77
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Maxed OUT!!
Replies: 13
Views: 7021

Re: Maxed OUT!!

Appreciate it. I've had a colony since 2015 and grew up around colonies. This may not go well on this site, but I do not do nest replacements. I know a lot of people do and I know a lot of people don't. Probably a touchy subject. I love having Martin's around and I will eliminate sparrows and starli...
by jpp77
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Maxed OUT!!
Replies: 13
Views: 7021

Maxed OUT!!

Did my first nest check over the weekend and good lord I'm maxed out. Have a Gemini rack with 17 Bo11+ gourds. Also have an old crappy barn on the other side of the yard that the starlings try and nest in before I take them out. All 17 gourds have a nest and there is even a nest in the barn. 71 eggs...

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