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by ToyinPA
Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone have an explanation?!
Replies: 4
Views: 566

Re: Anyone have an explanation?!

I'd guess possible predator. Do you have snake nets, owl guards, SREH? Pecked eggs sound like HS got in. Abandoned nests could be any of those or the female got killed by a hawk. I had a nest of 4 eggs, female was SY male ASY. She went missing while off feeding, so I assume a hawk got her. Are your ...
by ToyinPA
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Birds come and Go for days, week??
Replies: 4
Views: 452

Re: Birds come and Go for days, week??

The parents take the chicks out to learn life lessons. They will usually return to the houses just before dark, but not all do. They can come in so fast you don't see them & they leave at day break. Some parents keep the chicks out in trees for a couple weeks. After they've learned life lessons the ...
by ToyinPA
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Freezing crickets and meal worms
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Re: Freezing crickets and meal worms

Yes. I always have left over crickets from one season to the next. If possible place your plastic bags containing the crickets & meal worms in a brown paper bag & tape it shut. The brown paper bags help to prevent freezer burn & icing. Everything we place in our freezers are in brown paper bags. Toy...
by ToyinPA
Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Successful Year
Replies: 7
Views: 762

Re: Successful Year

Congrats Bill. Sounds like you had a good martin season. Our area is the same. Hardly any to no rain. Yards all burned up. This is the first year I had no blowfly larva problems. Mine have all fledged. Due to the high heat & humidity I helped them all along by flipping crickets or hand feeding. Had ...
by ToyinPA
Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?
Replies: 9
Views: 894

Re: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?

Thank goodness!!! Don't assume because she is visiting she is feeding. Check them daily for dehydration & being under fed. Wrinkled abdomen is dehydration. Sharp keel bone is lack of enough food/starvation. You may need to supplement/hand feed a little to help them along. I'd try 1-2 feedings a day,...
by ToyinPA
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?
Replies: 9
Views: 894

Re: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?

It sounds like the parents have abandoned them & they will not survive. Do you know of anyone near by that may have a late nest? If so see if you can relocate them.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?
Replies: 9
Views: 894

Re: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?

If they are SY parents it could be the reason. They don't always make the best parents. Often late nests are pushed to fledge earlier than normal, as the parents want to leave for roost. Fledge age is around 26 days or so. Parents slow down feeding a few days before to encourage them to fledge. Even...
by ToyinPA
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Too many unhatched eggs
Replies: 9
Views: 726

Re: Too many unhatched eggs

If you had a few cold nights or a lot of SY's that could be the reason for so many unhatched or infertile eggs.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Missing eggs
Replies: 1
Views: 244

Re: Missing eggs

They will toss bad eggs, so it's possible that's what happened. Not all eggs are fertile.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Did the 97-98 degree temps. cause babies death
Replies: 4
Views: 437

Re: Did the 97-98 degree temps. cause babies death

Theories or actual acknowledge here, please. Three babies less than a week old in plastic gourd died . Was it because of the 97-98 degree temps. 3 days in a row here in southern Virginia. Did they die from the heat or did mom just quit feeding them because of the heat? :-( I'd say a combo of both. ...
by ToyinPA
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Post fledge observations/questions
Replies: 2
Views: 292

Re: Post fledge observations/questions

Two of three young from our single nesting pair fledged 2 days ago. I observed both birds flying with the parent birds each of the past two evenings. The remaining nestling was seen looking out of the gourd as well, and remains there today. This evening, I watched both parents flying above our prop...
by ToyinPA
Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: RUNT BABY
Replies: 3
Views: 955

Re: RUNT BABY

Thank you for your respond to questions I value your experience. I am a new landlord and have 2 gourds. The parents are subadults. One Gourd has 6 nestlings and one egg. The issue is one of the nestlings is a runt, much smaller than the others. Can I feed it? I called the wildlife refuge in RI and ...
by ToyinPA
Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Jumpers
Replies: 4
Views: 816

Re: Jumpers

Thanks for the advice. I didn't have any jumpers today so I believe they are feeding it. I think I'll start marking jumpers with a spot of different color paint on one of its legs so I can tell if its the same one jumping. Please do not put any paint on the legs. It will not only damage the feather...
by ToyinPA
Sat Jul 18, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Jumpers
Replies: 4
Views: 816

Re: Jumpers

Usually they will accept & feed any chick. However if their chicks are close to fledging they may stop feeding the adopted chick. If he isn't getting fed he will jump again. Keep trying to find his cavity if possible.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Sat Jul 18, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Martins just vanished!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 582

Re: My Martins just vanished!!!

I posted a long reply, but for some reason it vanished. No idea why some of my posts vanish like that. I'd let your house up until late September early October. This gives the parents time to bring chicks back to the house, migrating martins to stop over & SY's looking for housing for next year to f...
by ToyinPA
Sat Jul 18, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest chages
Replies: 1
Views: 191

Re: Nest chages

They will be fine. Parents will eventually go in & feed the chicks.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Two big babies and one small one
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Re: Two big babies and one small one

[/quote] I'll have to keep an eye on him. He is in a SY nest and this nest in one of 5 remaining. I have two gourds with nests and I have three nests in my Trio. My Trio nests babies are out on the porch now walking around and watching all the other Martins fly around. My other gourd nest is also an...
by ToyinPA
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Jumpers ???
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Re: Jumpers ???

I am a week away from fledge date for most of my colony, and we are in the middle of a heat wave, and a drought. Temps in the low to mid nineties for this week. No relief until at least the weekend. I've never had to worry about jumpers before but with the babies close to fledge, and with the exten...
by ToyinPA
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Two big babies and one small one
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Re: Two big babies and one small one

Keep a close watch on the smallest one. They often get pushed aside by the bigger chicks & end up dehydrated & starve. If his abdomen looks wrinkled it's a sign he's he's not getting fed & is dehydrated. You could move him to a nest with chicks (4 or less in the nest) of the same size if you have on...
by ToyinPA
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chick with ruptured air sac
Replies: 1
Views: 191

Chick with ruptured air sac

During a nest check this morning I found a chick with a ruptured air sac (see photo). He was fine last night. A ruptured air sac is an accumulation of air under the skin. It looks like an overinflated balloon & affects the respiratory system. It can be fatal if it doesn't deflate. Some will deflate ...