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by -=DKC=-
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Removing old nest
Replies: 11
Views: 3015

Re: Removing old nest

If the nest is very dirty and beat down, and if I see fledglings returning nightly to sleep in it I usually replace the nest. Otherwise I just clean them all out at the end of the season.
by -=DKC=-
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs and babies vanishing and dead babies dead
Replies: 6
Views: 1348

Re: Eggs and babies vanishing and dead babies dead

I have a similar problem. I had two nest in one trio. Then I found a baby on the ground . So I went up the ladder and put it back in. Then the next day I noticed strange behavior from the parents,and less feeding occurring. Went up and the baby was dead and found another in a different hole. Remove...
by -=DKC=-
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: All in all a good season
Replies: 1
Views: 732

Re: All in all a good season

Sounds like an eventful year. Always something new to learn. I can say this for them, Purple Martins are never boring. Fledge time is always bitter-sweet for me. I'm sad to see the young leave the nest but I'm happy and somewhat proud to have helped them get this far. Here's to a successful end of s...
by -=DKC=-
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: my neighbor doesn't like my birds
Replies: 15
Views: 4625

Re: my neighbor doesn't like my birds

This is one of my greatest fears as a landlord. I try to talk to my neighbors and fill them in on what is going on in the colony during the season. How many eggs, how many babies, how many fledges, when they arrive from Brazil and return there, etc. I also invite neighbors over to see the nests duri...
by -=DKC=-
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Confirmed: Drone props will kill Purple Martins
Replies: 3
Views: 609

Confirmed: Drone props will kill Purple Martins

Came across this while researching wildlife vs drone laws. Drones are going to become an issue for many Purple Martin landlords. While doing a photo session today I observed a Purple Martin flying close to the P4 when all of a sudden the Martin looked like it was trying to land on the side of my P4 ...
by -=DKC=-
Thu May 30, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings are discouraging us
Replies: 12
Views: 7125

Re: Starlings are discouraging us

Thanks DKC, this IS directed at you- I think you meant advice, not advise. Using glue traps is not the cure-all end-all that everyone should be using. The nest cavity has to be constantly monitored if using the glue trap. If you make the hole too small for a Martin, then you won't have to worry abo...
by -=DKC=-
Fri May 24, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings are discouraging us
Replies: 12
Views: 7125

Re: Starlings are discouraging us

If the starling is using the same nest cavity, put a glue trap (for catching mice) in the cavity. When the starling goes in, he won't be able to get out. Use leather gloves when you remove the trap if the starling is stuck to it, he (she) has a very sharp beak. You have to monitor the housing very ...
by -=DKC=-
Fri May 24, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Plug and string technique
Replies: 3
Views: 2678

Re: Plug and string technique

G Saner is right, wait a few minutes after raising the housing before removing the plug. I've done nest checks up to fledging date with this method and haven't had a jumper caused by a nest check. I insert my plugs before lowering the housing though. I use a collapsible paint roller extension pole t...
by -=DKC=-
Thu May 23, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Egg On Ground - Put Back Into Suspected Nest
Replies: 5
Views: 2751

Re: Egg On Ground - Put Back Into Suspected Nest

QUESTION :?: : Once eggs are laid and incubation started, will the PM abandon the nest/eggs long enough for a sparrow to cause damage or if the sparrow encroaches? :?: Some pairs make sure one of them is always with the eggs/chicks. Some pairs will leave the nest unprotected. So yes, there is alway...
by -=DKC=-
Wed May 22, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starlings are discouraging us
Replies: 12
Views: 7125

Re: Starlings are discouraging us

We have had a Purple Martin colony for 28 years and have always been able to keep Starlings and Sparrows from taking over. Some years ago we changed to crescent shaped entrances and that solved the Starling problem. This year is a different story. We have a pair we have been chasing away, trying to...
by -=DKC=-
Wed May 22, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 7 nestlings ! Runt Catching up, just fine !!
Replies: 5
Views: 2296

Re: 7 nestlings ! Runt Catching up, just fine !!

I have a clutch of 5 with a runt and a monster "Bay Huey". But my runt has caught up nicely as well. Are you sure "Baby Huey" isn't a cowbird? -- John Yes, I'm sure this one is a Martin. I've watched the progress closely. This one hatchling is a day ahead of the rest. However, I've never really tho...
by -=DKC=-
Tue May 21, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 7 nestlings ! Runt Catching up, just fine !!
Replies: 5
Views: 2296

Re: 7 nestlings ! Runt Catching up, just fine !!

UPdate, this past Friday, right after I posted this, the runt positioned itself in the perfect place, all of the babies had formed a circle in the center of the gourd facing out, and the runt is/was facing directly in front of the entrance, so as to be the first to be feed !NOW it's hard to tell wh...
by -=DKC=-
Tue May 21, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: History of Starling resistant entrances.
Replies: 2
Views: 1422

Re: History of Starling resistant entrances.

I found this great article by the Ontario Purple Martin Conservation Association. I wanted to share it with you. Kind of neat to see the development of this life saving invention. http://essexpurplemartins.ca/?page_id=4354 That is interesting. And what an amazing invention. I only have experience w...
by -=DKC=-
Tue May 21, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Third Year...NO Luck!
Replies: 30
Views: 9798

Re: Third Year...NO Luck!

I have a friend who has had Purple Martin housing attached to (and above) his house for the last 10 years. He always has Martins. And I've see other active local colonies attached to houses. So I think the placement in relation to the house wouldn't be an issue as long as you have predator guard/net...
by -=DKC=-
Tue May 21, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Infanticide Behavior Of Some Unmated SY Male Martins
Replies: 26
Views: 20858

Re: Infanticide Behavior Of Some Unmated SY Male Martins

DKC, I hope my article has been informative even though this subject of SY male martin infanticide behavior is rather disturbing, but unfortunately "normal". Hello Steve. Yes, I read about 10 of your past posts about the issue. They did help very much. At least I now know what is going on and what ...
by -=DKC=-
Mon May 20, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Third Year...NO Luck!
Replies: 30
Views: 9798

Re: Third Year...NO Luck!

Like Hanover Bill says, hang in there. I got Martins on my 4th year. I've read that Purple Martins are more tolerant of trees in close proximity to housing in areas of the South. I know there are occupied colonies near trees all around my area, including mine. I assumed it was because we don't usual...
by -=DKC=-
Mon May 20, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Entire clutch did not hatch
Replies: 17
Views: 4453

Re: Entire clutch did not hatch

Just wanted to update everyone on the clutch in B4 that did not hatch. I did a nest check today and thought for sure they would have hatched by now but much to my surprise they did not. In fact, when I opened the box mom was on the eggs AND there are now 7 eggs instead of the 6 I consistently count...
by -=DKC=-
Mon May 20, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Infanticide Behavior Of Some Unmated SY Male Martins
Replies: 26
Views: 20858

Re: Infanticide Behavior Of Some Unmated SY Male Martins

By the way, thank you, Steve Kroenke for writing this post as well as the many others on this subject that I found by searching. It at least helped me understand what I was dealing with.
by -=DKC=-
Mon May 20, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Infanticide Behavior Of Some Unmated SY Male Martins
Replies: 26
Views: 20858

Re: Infanticide Behavior Of Some Unmated SY Male Martins

SY males are absolutely decimating my little 12 gourd colony this year. I have not witnessed any of these acts but all signs point to SY infanticide. I have a few SY floater males this year and one or two that are particularly aggressive. Three days ago I found a dying ASY male under the gourd rack....
by -=DKC=-
Mon May 20, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How often should I do nest checks
Replies: 5
Views: 1330

Re: How often should I do nest checks

PMCA recommends every 4-5 days during egg laying... How Often: Checks every 4 or 5 days during egg laying will help you accurately record first egg dates and calculate projected hatching and fledging dates. Once egg laying is completed checking nests every 5-7 days is sufficient. Avoid long gaps of ...

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