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by Dave Duit
Wed Apr 21, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Seeking warmth
Replies: 3
Views: 138

Re: Seeking warmth

Hi Duke,
If you can supplement feed the martins with frozen and thawed crcikets, place the crickets on their cavity porches or just inside the cavity / house / gourd. If you choose scrambled eggs, don't use oil to prepare the scrambled eggs and cut them up into small pieces.
by Dave Duit
Wed Apr 21, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Suffocation risk?
Replies: 2
Views: 53

Re: Suffocation risk?

Continue to use the hand warmers. Lower the house, put in the warmers, wipe of the snow from the entrance, and place crickets just inside the enrance to the side of the tunnell, but don't block their entrance. You need to supplement feed. The hand warmers are a bonus for the martins. The entrance re...
by Dave Duit
Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Seeking warmth
Replies: 3
Views: 138

Re: Seeking warmth

Hi Duke,
You are correct.The martins will sit on the roof shingles to absorb heat. If you scramble eggs in little pieces without using oil; do so and spread them on the roof if possible. The martins are looking for food in addition to heat to survive.
by Dave Duit
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Area enthusiasts
Replies: 2
Views: 208

Re: Area enthusiasts

Hi Timber,
It appears that the closest landlords who have reported their martins on the websites scout arrival are: Mark Gore from Marathon and Kelly Scheiderer from Edgar. I hope this info helps.
by Dave Duit
Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sub Adults
Replies: 4
Views: 360

Re: Sub Adults

phldave is so right on his comment about reporting the subbies. The wanna be future landlords rely on this information provided by active colony landlords. I have assisted 8 new landlords here in Iowa this srping in getting everything prepared for possible starts of a new colony. It only takes a lit...
by Dave Duit
Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update from Port O'Connor, TX
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: Update from Port O'Connor, TX

It is good to see a responsible landlord like you. The martins would not survive without assistance from great landlords. Keep supplement feeding and hopefully they will all pull through the bad weather.
by Dave Duit
Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold weather feeding lesson
Replies: 7
Views: 348

Re: Cold weather feeding lesson

Great info everyone, I flip crickets during times when they are in reelatively healthy condition. If my martins wings are really drooping, I place the crickets right on their housing porches. In placing them on the porches they use less energy than flying for the flipped crickets and can store that ...
by Dave Duit
Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bird Observation Conference Call Andrew Troyer April 12th Info
Replies: 1
Views: 155

Bird Observation Conference Call Andrew Troyer April 12th Info

Bird Observation Conference Call The second and fourth Monday of each month. Time: 6:00 PM CT Live dial in number: 712-432-8773 ID number IABIRDS# (4224737#) Topic on April 12: "Enjoying Family Birding" Presented by: Andrew Troyer, Conneautville PA Andrew Troyer, also known as Rope Andy, has owed an...
by Dave Duit
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Ever ASY MALE
Replies: 9
Views: 508

Re: First Ever ASY MALE

Hi glfriend,
Congrats on your first martin. I will pray for a mate to show up and maybe start a colony.
by Dave Duit
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First bird of the season
Replies: 23
Views: 1489

Re: First bird of the season

Hi Laura,
Congrats on your SY male. He sure is handsome.
by Dave Duit
Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SE IOWA UPDATE
Replies: 1
Views: 454

Re: SE IOWA UPDATE

Hi Steve,
This is great news. If the weather holds to be cooperative this year and the population appearing to be on an upswing; we may have made a good improvement on the overall population.
by Dave Duit
Sun Apr 04, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: last years SY male makes an appearance
Replies: 1
Views: 379

Re: last years SY male makes an appearance

Hi Kegger, Great question. Only about 15% of those babies that hatched out and fledged last season will return to their original colony. Also, This young son would most likely return about 6 weeks after the older parents. The parents are known as ASY or after second year martins. The son or youngste...
by Dave Duit
Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Just in time for Easter
Replies: 12
Views: 1065

Re: Just in time for Easter

Super pic and nice nest. Congrats.
by Dave Duit
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They are here!
Replies: 12
Views: 1314

Re: They are here!

Hi Bret,
Awesome that you are eliminating sparrows and starlings. It is nice to see new landlords like you taking responsibility in their new colony.
by Dave Duit
Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When do I open the houses?
Replies: 9
Views: 984

Re: When do I open the houses?

Your other martins will be arriving within a few days, so I would open up.
by Dave Duit
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They are here!
Replies: 12
Views: 1314

Re: They are here!

Congrats Brett. The first few years of being a new landlord are critical. I'm sure you will be fine, but now is when you do everything to make their stay safe and healthy. You will be playing the numbers game in the years ahead. 10-15% of the babies will come back to your new colony each year. Best ...
by Dave Duit
Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Difference between T51 & T6 tempered aluminum poles
Replies: 2
Views: 664

Re: Difference between T51 & T6 tempered aluminum poles

From what I have gathered, you would be better of with the T6. T51 Temper T51 treatment bakes the casting at a low-temperature to artificial age it. The temperature range is between 440˚F (227°C). The casting is heated in the oven for 3-5 hours and then allowed to cool naturally. The low temperature...
by Dave Duit
Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Up to 5 pairs now.. video
Replies: 11
Views: 1542

Re: Up to 5 pairs now.. video

Thanks Matt for the update video. Neat to see that great minds think alike. Great design. In the future if I decide to go over the 100 cavity mark, I may buy a few of these.
by Dave Duit
Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2nd nest check
Replies: 4
Views: 860

Re: 2nd nest check

It always blows my mind when I see eggs way down south and ASY martins are just arriving for migration in South Dakota. It shows us how spread out and over time the cycle really takes place.
by Dave Duit
Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Held an ASY Male in/on my hand today
Replies: 6
Views: 1107

Re: Held an ASY Male in/on my hand today

Hi ToyinPA, You mentioned hummingbirds and that got me to thinking about an aspect of hummingbirds some people are not aware. To help save hummingbirds in the future here is a tid bit of info: Hummingbirds may fall into a state of stupor, seeming unconciousness on the ground during cold mornings and...