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by ToyinPA
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Two big babies and one small one
Replies: 3
Views: 35

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: 51

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: 35

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: 45

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 ...
by ToyinPA
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Alpha Male ??
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Re: Alpha Male ??

Bill: I've had a couple "Alpha Males" over the years. They are pretty much as you describe, but mine never came after me. They were like warriors guarding their nest, chicks, female & the rest of the colony. I currently have a lone ASY Male. He wasn't able to get a mate, so he took on babysitting du...
by ToyinPA
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A gang of martins redux.
Replies: 1
Views: 65

Re: A gang of martins redux.

Not all eggs hatch. So the remaining two may not. Give them time tho, as you never know. The green leaves are for 2 reasons. One, we assume, is to add humidity & the second is to cover/hide the eggs. I'm guessing the martins you have showing up in small groups are SY's. Some males are hard to detect...
by ToyinPA
Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is something eating this baby's feathers?
Replies: 8
Views: 150

Re: Is something eating this baby's feathers?

I would guess it's mite or lice. Change the nest again & put Sevin under the nesting material. As long as the chick has wing & tail feathers it will be able to fly.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding baby’s
Replies: 2
Views: 52

Re: Feeding baby’s

Chicks grow like weeds. In a matter of 26 days they will be almost as big as the adults in size. During nest checks look at the abdomen. It should be plump & no wrinkles. If there are a lot of wrinkles then they are not getting fed enough & are starting to dehydrate. You could try to put crickets or...
by ToyinPA
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Changes ?? Or Not ??
Replies: 4
Views: 119

Re: Nest Changes ?? Or Not ??

Bill: We've had a few mini showers here, but barely enough to wet the sidewalks. Just because you've had no rain & don't see any infestation doesn't mean there is none. Check the chicks legs for blood spots or dried blood. Lift the nest up & look under it. Blow fly larva hide under the nesting mater...
by ToyinPA
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: This morning Apm was stuck in the tunnel of my gourd I noticed the nest is really full and there’s four nestlings in it
Replies: 1
Views: 71

Re: This morning Apm was stuck in the tunnel of my gourd I noticed the nest is really full and there’s four nestlings in

If an ASY (Adult second year) martin was stuck then you need to intervene & get it free or remove it if it was dead. That would allow the other parent to continue to feed the chicks.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New SY's still arriving
Replies: 3
Views: 579

New SY's still arriving

In the last 4 days I've had new SY's, Male & Female, arrive. So anyone hoping to get a start don't give up yet.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: eggs destroyed
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: eggs destroyed

To Toy in PA. Thank you for your obvious sage advice. I waited and watched several hours before I made the nest check. I could be wrong but am pretty sure the unpecked egg was left alone too long. Did someone suggest changing the round hole to a Starling resistant one AFTER the eggs were laid. Is t...
by ToyinPA
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Males left during rain event
Replies: 2
Views: 123

Re: Males left during rain event

They can come & go & you don't see them. I would check to make sure the nests are not wet. If they are change them out.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: eggs destroyed
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: eggs destroyed

Mark:

Thank you for the detailed info. I had not seen his earlier post.


Jeff:

As I said if all the eggs are gone they still may relay. It's early yet.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: eggs destroyed
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: eggs destroyed

Well, after 10 years of trying, I finally got 2 nests built, by the same pair interestingly enough. 6/10 egg 1, 6/11 egg 2 , 6//13 egg 3. When I went to check the egg count on 6/14 there were 2 eggs left. One had a clear peck hole in it with the albumin seeping out. Removed and destroyed both the e...
by ToyinPA
Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding during rain events
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: Feeding during rain events

Continuous rain expected for 3-4 days. High temperatures of 60-62f. The insects have gone to ground. Should I be looking for meal worms or something else to feed the pm’s? Can I place a container of food on their porches? You posted a 1st egg laid on June 10, so I doubt you have chicks yet. So that...
by ToyinPA
Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: nesting
Replies: 1
Views: 79

Re: nesting

Which bird laid the eggs? Martin eggs are pure white. HS eggs are off white & speckled. If the nest has martin eggs laid on top of the HS grass let it go. If the nest has HS eggs you can shake them to damage them, so they won't hatch, & put them back. Removing them & the nest can cause HS to take re...
by ToyinPA
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Jumper...need advice.
Replies: 6
Views: 160

Re: Jumper...need advice.

Is he dehydrated? Are his poops brown & white. If ther is any red in it then he is dehydrated or has a bacterial infection or internal parasite .If dehydrated then you need to try basic dog or cat kibble to get his hydration up. If not then keep feeding him insects & dip them in water or Pedialyte. ...
by ToyinPA
Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Jumper...need advice.
Replies: 6
Views: 160

Re: Jumper...need advice.

Chicks jump for a reason....mites, heat, wet nest, not getting fed. Check the nest over for mites first. If it's infested then you need to change the nest out. You can add a little (1/8-1/4 teaspoon) Sevin powder in the corners under the new nesting material. If's it really hot you can place a Ziplo...
by ToyinPA
Thu Jun 04, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggshell prep
Replies: 6
Views: 143

Re: Eggshell prep

I bake my egg shells. I rinse the shells right after I use the egg & them I keep them in a bowl of water until I have enough to bake. I line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drain off the water & place them on the baking sheet. I bake them for 20 minutes at 250 degrees. Let them cool then crush ...