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by TravisF
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice Please!!
Replies: 6
Views: 626

Re: Advice Please!!

I'm located just East of Jefferson City. I don't know if they've necessarily left for good, but they're definitely not hanging around the housing much at all anymore.
by TravisF
Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice Please!!
Replies: 6
Views: 626

Re: Advice Please!!

Thanks for the reply, Dave. I believe putting them back in the nest is not an option at this point. To be clear, these two birds are at a minimum 31 days old, so they're definitely at or beyond fledging age. All nest except three are empty now, and these nests are weeks from fledging (I misspoke yes...
by TravisF
Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice Please!!
Replies: 6
Views: 626

Advice Please!!

So 25 of 27 nest have fledged now, so I went out tonight to treat the remaining two nest with sevens dust that are due to fledge in a couple weeks and I found two fledglings on the ground. They should absolutely be able to fly as there's virtually no sheath left on any wing or tail feathers....maybe...
by TravisF
Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Arrival dates - causes?
Replies: 26
Views: 1672

Re: Arrival dates - causes?

So, I just posted about my success this year and I think a big part of that success has to do with this post from Brad. Last year was my first year with martins, and I had four pairs. This year, I made a huge jump to 31 pairs with 27 pairs successfully nesting with 35 available cavities. I have a ne...
by TravisF
Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fantastic year with huge increases!
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Fantastic year with huge increases!

Well this is my second year attracting martins, and it's been a great one thus far. Last year, I had an ASY pair, and three SY pairs for a total of four pairs. During the off season, I added two new gourd racks and a Goliad Jr. house, plus I put up electric fence predator guards on all the poles. My...
by TravisF
Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 90 degree tunnels
Replies: 19
Views: 1015

Re: 90 degree tunnels

Thanks for the replies everyone. SS, that makes sense that martins hatched in a house unit may favor a traditional style house over a gourd. Conrad, when you say high winds, just how high are you talking? I currently have two tri tel poles with six gourds on each, and the S&K house is on a tri tel p...
by TravisF
Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 90 degree tunnels
Replies: 19
Views: 1015

Re: 90 degree tunnels

Well, I sat and watched the martins come in to roost tonight and I have good news. First, I have 4 ASY pairs and three single ASY males currently roosting at my setup. Second, not a single bird roosted in the S&K house. Three of the pairs roosted in the gourds, one pair in the Goliad house, and the ...
by TravisF
Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 90 degree tunnels
Replies: 19
Views: 1015

Re: 90 degree tunnels

Thanks, Brad. So from your experience, they don't seem to prefer nesting in a house or gourd with an offset nest chamber? I guess there's some other reason why they prefer that S&K house.
by TravisF
Sat Apr 11, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 90 degree tunnels
Replies: 19
Views: 1015

Re: 90 degree tunnels

Thanks, Terry. Is that a Natureline entrence, or was it adapted to fit the Natureline gourd? From what I can find, Natureline has went out of business. I'm currently using the S&K bo 11 gourds, and was planning on ordering 9 more for the new gourd rack. I've heard mixed reviews on these gourds, with...
by TravisF
Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 90 degree tunnels
Replies: 19
Views: 1015

90 degree tunnels

Has anyone ever come across or heard of 90 degree tunnels? By that, I mean they enter and then immediately make a 90 degree turn down the tunnel and into the nest chamber. I would think that someone would have made them because it seems much safer for the martins as a hawk or owl couldn't reach into...
by TravisF
Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First arrival, predator control, and supplemental feeding....
Replies: 7
Views: 542

Re: First arrival, predator control, and supplemental feeding....

That's great, Whippy. Thanks for sharing that link! I actually just put up a new lonestar goliad house, and I was thinking that the porches would work great as little feed trays they way they're made. He did make mention of how he will place mealworms inside the housing as well sometimes, so I guess...
by TravisF
Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First arrival, predator control, and supplemental feeding....
Replies: 7
Views: 542

Re: First arrival, predator control, and supplemental feeding....

The only time I would have time to even try flipping crickets or mealworms would be on the weekends. That's why I was thinking I could just put some crickets or mealworms in the compartments, and they could just feed at leisure within the compartments. It's just a thought, and maybe it wouldn't work...
by TravisF
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First arrival, predator control, and supplemental feeding....
Replies: 7
Views: 542

First arrival, predator control, and supplemental feeding....

I have my first arrival back today for the 2020 season! I was out feeding calves this morning about 9:00, and I heard the unmistakable sound of a martin somewhere in the sky above me. Sure enough, within about a minute I had a ASY male martin dive right down to my housing. I'm pretty sure it's the s...
by TravisF
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Arrival dates - causes?
Replies: 26
Views: 1672

Re: Arrival dates - causes?

Honestly, I think you might be on to something, Brad. My interest in purple martins started 30 years ago as a child helping my grandfather take care of his martins. He and his good friend started "landlording" probably 10 years before I was born, and they took great pride in it. They each had two ho...
by TravisF
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with new housing
Replies: 12
Views: 3774

Re: Help with new housing

Thanks for all the replies! So my plan is to go ahead and put up the old house as well as the new goliad house I've got ordered. I think what I'll do is let whatever martins decide to nest in the old house get a good start, and then I'll just drop it down to 9" like I did last year. That really seem...
by TravisF
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with new housing
Replies: 12
Views: 3774

Re: Help with new housing

Thanks for all the replies thus far! The barn house I have, if I'm not mistaken, is a S&K brand house....12 unit converted to six with crescent holes. I had eight bo11 gourds out last year, and I plan to have 12 out this spring. They too had crescent holes with tunnels. I have thought about putting ...
by TravisF
Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with new housing
Replies: 12
Views: 3774

Help with new housing

So after my first successful year hosting martins, I've decided to upgrade my housing. With my first attempt last year, I had an ASY pair and two SY pairs nest in a barn style house, an a SY pair nest in a gourd. The barn style house is just one of those cheap houses I bought at Orschelns, and I con...
by TravisF
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Will martins lay a second clutch?
Replies: 10
Views: 5842

Re: Will martins lay a second clutch?

So I now officially DESPISE sparrows. When I got to the farm after work tonight, I noticed a sparrow fly off the porch of the martin house on the same side that the two SY pairs are nesting. I went and lowered the house, and sure enough he's started building a nest in the only available cavity on th...
by TravisF
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Will martins lay a second clutch?
Replies: 10
Views: 5842

Re: Will martins lay a second clutch?

Yeah, it was quite the sight. We had martins years ago at my parents house, and I've seen a few young martins get eaten by bass when they fledged too early and didn't make it across the pond. In this case, it just so happened they landed in the water while fighting mid air I believe. This male has b...
by TravisF
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Will martins lay a second clutch?
Replies: 10
Views: 5842

Will martins lay a second clutch?

So I think I'm going to have a final count of four nesting pairs this year. My ASY pair hatched out 5 of 6 eggs, which are 4 days old now. The first SY pair to start nesting are due to hatch on Saturday, 5 eggs total. I have another SY pair sitting 5 eggs in a Bo11 gourd due to hatch a week from Fri...