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by brent
Thu Jun 17, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: So rewarding!
Replies: 1
Views: 18

Re: So rewarding!

How long did it take before they took the crickets? Are they live crickets? What size and where did you get them?
Brent
by brent
Thu Jun 17, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My challenging first 'colony'
Replies: 8
Views: 67

Re: My challenging first 'colony'

Hi Birdiegirl. I, too, get too emotional. My neighbor even asked if I was ok after he saw me outside right at sunrise waiting to blow the air horn if a hawk were to attack. Then it's the losses, especially the little ones. Then it's the weather. Worry. Anxiety. Fear. Take every precaution. Think out...
by brent
Tue Jun 15, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies on porch stopping nest checks
Replies: 6
Views: 62

Re: Babies on porch stopping nest checks

When you approach the house they generally go in. Then quietly lower it. Use the plug and string method and as soon as you can plug the entrances. Check those that need it quietly and quickly. Then raise it back up. Wait 5 to 10 minutes and pull the strings to remove the plug. There's information on...
by brent
Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Runt rebounding.
Replies: 1
Views: 41

Runt rebounding.

The runt I found on the ground was severely malnourished and dehydrated. I've kept it in a box feeding it crickets, june beetles, and dragon flies. My options are limited. I estimate it to be around 20/21 days old by referring to the picture charts I purchased here. I have a nest of 5 that is it's a...
by brent
Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone know the estimated martin population numbers?
Replies: 4
Views: 124

Anyone know the estimated martin population numbers?

Just curious to know how many martins migrate to north America. And do they nest exclusively in man made housing?
Brent
by brent
Sat Jun 12, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Storm just toppled my Martin house
Replies: 8
Views: 184

Re: Storm just toppled my Martin house

I have had the experience of a pair laying 2 clutches not because they were destroyed but because the 1st eggs were infertile. So I'd say yes it is possible. Sorry to hear what happened. Good luck.
Brent
by brent
Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Devastated by Rat Snake
Replies: 16
Views: 397

Re: Devastated by Rat Snake

Birdiegirl, search "lights for owl protection". I posted pictures of my houses. The poles have netting above the pole guard.
Brent
by brent
Fri Jun 11, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Best time to place a fallen chick back in a nest?
Replies: 4
Views: 132

Re: Best time to place a fallen chick back in a nest?

I do know the nest but the two chicks in there are much bigger and are at least 22 days old. This runt looks to be only about16/17 days old. I have a nest of 5 that are 17/18 days old. The only other one I have is a nest of 4 that will be 21/22 days old tomorrow. Do you think I should put it back in...
by brent
Fri Jun 11, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Best time to place a fallen chick back in a nest?
Replies: 4
Views: 132

Best time to place a fallen chick back in a nest?

I have a runt I found on the ground that apparently was starving. It did not hesitate to eat crickets, June Beetles and dragon flies. Today doing much better. I want to place it in a nest of comparable aged nestlings. What time of day is best to do that? Should I feed it throughout the day then plac...
by brent
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Desperate times, fed the Martins who own us some shrimp
Replies: 13
Views: 284

Re: Desperate times, fed the Martins who own us some shrimp

Wow! Wonderful survival strategy. Talk about thinking outside the box. Thanks for sharing this incredible experience.
Brent
by brent
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: At What Point To Stop Nest Checks?
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Re: At What Point To Stop Nest Checks?

I use the plug and string method once the birds are 22 to 26 days old and even younger just to make sure all is ok. Next week most are at fledgling stage 26+ days old. Unless I suspect something wrong I will not check those. The plug and string works even up to fledging. I've done it before when I f...
by brent
Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Devastated by Rat Snake
Replies: 16
Views: 397

Re: Devastated by Rat Snake

Sorry to hear that. Scares the heck out of me. I,like Conrad, have a pole guard and bird netting on top of it. Never saw a snake but I know that it takes just one.
Brent
by brent
Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: first nest check
Replies: 2
Views: 90

Re: first nest check

Wow! That's a lot of eggs. I hope you have as many fledglings. The best to you!
Brent
by brent
Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A gourd rack of death
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: A gourd rack of death

Any idea what caused the deaths?
Brent
by brent
Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rolling eggs and pine needles
Replies: 7
Views: 204

Re: Rolling eggs and pine needles

I have Trendsetter houses too and after my first year I removed the wire mesh. It wasn't suitable for the warm wet humid climate. Lots of debris accumulated underneath. I replaced them with nest trays. Works so much better. Keeps everything in its place. I've added nest material and sometimes replac...
by brent
Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What To Do After A Hawk Attack?
Replies: 7
Views: 239

Re: What To Do After A Hawk Attack?

Have you tried decoys to attract the hawk's attention? I have witnessed hawks several times going after the decoys giving the martins extra time to escape. I also use an air horn when I see the hawk in action or near the houses. The sound scares them. It's painful to lose birds to hawk attacks espec...
by brent
Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lights for owl protection
Replies: 5
Views: 167

Re: Lights for owl protection

Just some photos to further explain what I'm experimenting with.
by brent
Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lights for owl protection
Replies: 5
Views: 167

Re: Lights for owl protection

I like the idea of music. Right now though I have 6 medium solar flood lights positioned around my martin houses aimed at clumps of wild flowers and garden and then one brighter flood light aimed at a scarecrow that I put shiny garland around it's neck and arms. Last year I found an owl feather and ...
by brent
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Landlord dive bombing
Replies: 8
Views: 251

Re: Landlord dive bombing

That is funny because it has happened to me this year. I'm thinking " Hey it's me!". For me it's been this incredible protective female. Beautiful bird. I mean she'd come so close to my head I could hear her wings flapping and she'd make this loud scary vocal sound. It was great. Her chicks have fle...