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by Ecw15177
Fri May 29, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs/hatchlings with no nest material
Replies: 15
Views: 475

Re: Eggs/hatchlings with no nest material

Thanks! Using a little box is a great idea. I have seen some people with removable nest boxes for each cavity. Is this something I should look into doing for next year also?
by Ecw15177
Thu May 28, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs/hatchlings with no nest material
Replies: 15
Views: 475

Re: Eggs/hatchlings with no nest material

WOW I’m glad I mentioned the diatomaceous earth! I definitely won’t use any of that! I forgot to mention we are planning to get predator guards too. I’ll have to get my husband to look into what it would take to convert the poles. I know there are multiple nests and fledglings in the house with the ...
by Ecw15177
Thu May 28, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs/hatchlings with no nest material
Replies: 15
Views: 475

Re: Eggs/hatchlings with no nest material

Thank you for all the tips! I have a lot to learn and to improve on for next year. I’ll be modifying my houses to have 6, 6 by 12in cavities instead of 12, 6 by 6in cavities per house, adding starling resistant door plates, and hopefully getting some newer poles that will actually go up and down so ...
by Ecw15177
Thu May 28, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs/hatchlings with no nest material
Replies: 15
Views: 475

Re: Eggs/hatchlings with no nest material

I haven’t heard of pre-nesting the cavities, but like I said, I’m new to all of this. I cleaned all their old nests out and left them empty this year because I thought that’s what I was supposed to do. So what should I make the nests out of for next year? Just pine straw or leaves?
by Ecw15177
Thu May 28, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs/hatchlings with no nest material
Replies: 15
Views: 475

Re: Eggs/hatchlings with no nest material

Thank you! I left them where they were. Hopefully some of the other eggs will hatch. I’ll keep checking on them.
by Ecw15177
Thu May 28, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs/hatchlings with no nest material
Replies: 15
Views: 475

Eggs/hatchlings with no nest material

So I previously posted on this forum that I’m new to purple martins. As previously posted the condition of the houses makes it very difficult to do regular nest checks, but I did one today. What I found has me a little worried. There were 7 eggs and a hatchling in one nest box but there was no nest ...
by Ecw15177
Sun May 17, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs fell from house
Replies: 6
Views: 358

Re: Eggs fell from house

The two original houses are S&K 12 room houses. Looking up the brand just now I see they can be converted to 6 rooms easily by removing the inner panel. I’ll make sure to do that for next season when I get some new door plates. The new house that we added is a heath aluminum 12 room house, but no ma...
by Ecw15177
Sat May 16, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs fell from house
Replies: 6
Views: 358

Re: Eggs fell from house

Thank you for your reply! I had planned on trying to convert the compartments to larger ones by taking out the middle but when I took the houses down, they were in such bad shape with the doors and all that I wondered if I should just replace the whole house? Or get the metal half moon door covers t...
by Ecw15177
Fri May 15, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs fell from house
Replies: 6
Views: 358

Eggs fell from house

Hi everyone! My family moved into a new house last year with some existing Martin houses. This is our first season as landlords and I’m not sure what is normal. The houses aren’t in great shape (plastic doors and housing compartments look chewed through in places), and they weren’t able to be taken ...