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by ToyinPA
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins Eating Egg Shells
Replies: 10
Views: 124

Re: Purple Martins Eating Egg Shells

We put them in an upside down Frisbee attached to the top of a wood clothes line post, that is below the one martin house. Drilled a few drain holes in it to let the rain out. The Frisbee was bright pink but has faded a lot in the sun over the years.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins Eating Egg Shells
Replies: 10
Views: 124

Re: Purple Martins Eating Egg Shells

I tried oyster shells too, but mine also prefer egg shells. You can check with local diners or restaurants & ask them to save eggs shells for you. Take a clean bucket or cardboard box with a plastic bag liner for them to toss them into. Ask which they'd prefer. Pick them up daily, so they don't have...
by ToyinPA
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Experienced help please
Replies: 6
Views: 156

Re: Experienced help please

Rob: A lot of things could have happened. Even if you had a necropsy done it may not show the reason she died. Some possible reasons....Heart attack, egg bound, flew in too fast & hit the house, males chased her to death. I lost a female years ago that flew in too fast, hit the house, went inside & ...
by ToyinPA
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rain, cold...update in central PA
Replies: 7
Views: 173

Re: Rain, cold...update in central PA

I had a lot of eggs that started hatching yesterday and several that are a few days old. We had a couple hours dry time this morning and then it rained until abou 4:00 pm. We got a break for an hour or so and they were out feeding. Calling for rain every day for the next 8 days, hoping for some dry...
by ToyinPA
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pinkies in central PA
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Pinkies in central PA

I couldn't do any nest checks for a few days due to rain & chilly high winds. So today we finally got to do a nest check. Found 2 nests with 3 pinkies each. One nest hatched 3 days ago, the other 2 days ago. Both nests have 2 eggs left. I know the one nest they will not hatch. Not sure about the oth...
by ToyinPA
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rain, cold...update in central PA
Replies: 7
Views: 173

Re: Rain, cold...update in central PA

Hi Toy; The weather hasn't been quite as bad over here as what you are dealing with, but it is still chilly and wet enough for me to be concerned about hypothermia. I have a lot of just newly hatched chicks out there, so the timing of the weather isn't good. Supposed to be decent today and tomorrow...
by ToyinPA
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference
Replies: 19
Views: 3796

Re: Chicadee Interference

Gotham: Don't give up. SY Males are still migrating. I had a few new ones visit & move on since my last post to you. You may return from your wife's knee surgery (wishing her the best) & find a pair has moved in. Even if you don't get a pair this season let the housing up until the season has ended,...
by ToyinPA
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rain, cold...update in central PA
Replies: 7
Views: 173

Rain, cold...update in central PA

Geez will this weather ever get better???? Rain, cold nights, wind. June 3rd overnight temp dropped to 38. A few decent days then rain & cold wind. Tuesday June 11th we had cold north winds all night & day steady at 13mph, gusting to 26mph. Temps dropped to 38F Wednesday morning June 12th. It's rain...
by ToyinPA
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Will martins lay a second clutch?
Replies: 5
Views: 218

Re: Will martins lay a second clutch?

Travis: Wow what a story. You never know what will happen in the Martin world. This is a first, I think, anyone has posted that a Bass got a HS. To answer your question....Yes they have time, but the real question is will they? Not all will re-lay. The fact that they are bringing in green leaves may...
by ToyinPA
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Entire clutch did not hatch
Replies: 17
Views: 956

Re: Entire clutch did not hatch update

Hi everyone, I thought you might be interested to know what happened with the 10 eggs in nest #4. Originally there were 6 eggs but they did not hatch. Then an additional 4 were laid. Today I have 4 young and 6 eggs (the original ones that did not hatch). The proud parents have been dutifully feedin...
by ToyinPA
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Removing old nest
Replies: 11
Views: 158

Re: Removing old nest

What if I just remove the nest entirely and not replace it. Would that be ok to do?
It'd be best if you added some nesting material. A good handful would be enough. They are still returning to their "nest". If their nest is empty they may think a predator was in it & not return.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Removing old nest
Replies: 11
Views: 158

Re: Removing old nest

Hi everyone, I will do a nest check today and I know that several of the nests are empty since the young have fledged. They do come back in the evening to roost but I wanted to know if it would be ok to remove the old nest now to give them more room to roost and to keep the compartments clean. What...
by ToyinPA
Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Extra Large Egg Clutch ??
Replies: 4
Views: 106

Re: Extra Large Egg Clutch ??

During my nest check yesterday I found one nest with 9 eggs. I have real concerns about this pair being able to feed that many babies. Would I be wise to move a couple of those eggs into another nest with fewer eggs, that is due to hatch around the same date? Are Martins aware of the number of eggs...
by ToyinPA
Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest check #6 or 7
Replies: 3
Views: 75

Re: Nest check #6 or 7

I didn’t nest check number six or seven today We appear to still be growing we have between 20 and 25 birds. We have 10 nests in different stages some have 2 or 3 most have 5 one of them has 6 eggs. But three of them this morning have new babies. We still have some birds bringing in green leaves so...
by ToyinPA
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New SY Males in central PA
Replies: 12
Views: 756

Re: New SY Males in central PA

Toy, this is a bit off topic but i had a similar experience w/ grackles about a week ago. made me think there is an upside to these birds even though they are known to raid nests. i have two very large spruce trees near two of my pm units. the grackles nest in them every year. last week a coopers w...
by ToyinPA
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nests with eggs abandoned
Replies: 11
Views: 619

Re: Nests with eggs abandoned

Here's a single egg, gourd in full view, no martins around it. Shall I move this egg to the other nest or let it be or clean out this nest and hopefully attract a new pair?
The eggs look fine. Let them be.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Vents for T-14 question
Replies: 8
Views: 387

Re: Vents for T-14 question

This site has what you're looking for. They come in many sizes & styles:

https://www.ventmyhouse.com/categories/ ... fit-Vents/

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nests with eggs abandoned
Replies: 11
Views: 619

Re: Nests with eggs abandoned

I did a nest check today and took pictures of the nests inside the gourds. Gourd-1 has 4 eggs, they are white not tan as previously stated. No martins were around when I lowered the house, I didn't see the female now in 2 days. Gourd-3 has a single white egg. When I posted this question about aband...
by ToyinPA
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Garden interest
Replies: 3
Views: 383

Re: Garden interest

Could be they are gathering mud to use for mud dams.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: eggs without nesting materials.
Replies: 3
Views: 347

Re: eggs without nesting materials.

You can very carefully pick the eggs up, add a little nesting material & lay the eggs back down. If they have any leaves in the nest cover the eggs with them. If not let them go. SY pairs are not the best at nest building. Some barely build a nest & others go overboard.

Toy in PA

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