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by ToyinPA
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Off Topic: Monarch Butterflies
Replies: 2
Views: 146

Re: Off Topic: Monarch Butterflies

Trim your trees back or remove some of them & hopefully you'll get the Martins to return. Make your housing look used. Pre-nest & also smear a little mud around the entrance inside & out. Yes we have seen many more Monarch's this year than previous years. Sadly the darn yellow jackets keep eating th...
by ToyinPA
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Central PA end of season report....
Replies: 8
Views: 259

Re: Central PA end of season report....

Toy -- Wow what a year.. The weather sure was different in different parts of the country. We had some rain but nothing what you all have gotten.. We will probably get the snow and you all will be dry.. Hoping better weather for ya, soon Dave Thanks Dave....you can have the snow ;). I'd love a mild...
by ToyinPA
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Central PA end of season report....
Replies: 8
Views: 259

Re: Central PA end of season report....

That's just a tough year, and your perseverance definitely paid off for those that fledged. A tip of the hat to you for not giving up and helping where you could. Thanks. I feel it's my job to help them. God sent them to me, knowing my love for animals & knew I'd do what was required to help them. ...
by ToyinPA
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Central PA end of season report....
Replies: 8
Views: 259

Re: Central PA end of season report....

Hi Toy; You certainly did the best you could for your Martins. You are overdue for a good break, hopefully it will come in the form of a great Martin season next year. Weather is a strange phenomenon. I seem to sit in a pocket here where a lot of the rain and bad storms miss us completely, passing ...
by ToyinPA
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Central PA end of season report....
Replies: 8
Views: 259

Re: Central PA end of season report....

Wow! That has been some terrible weather. Surely you’ll have better luck next year. You need to be commended for flipping that many crickets, job well done!! Mark: It sure has been. Yesterday 3 counties in northeast PA got hit hard again. Flooded 3 times in 3 weeks. Homes washed off their foundatio...
by ToyinPA
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Central PA end of season report....
Replies: 8
Views: 259

Central PA end of season report....

Congrats to those that had a great Martin season. Mine was not so great..... The season started with a cold rainy & snowy April. Temps below normal. Early May was also below normal temps & wet. June was also wetter than normal. End of June a heatwave hit with the heat index reaching 110 with humidit...
by ToyinPA
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 1 Nest to go
Replies: 3
Views: 183

Re: 1 Nest to go

Had pouring rain last night & more rain this morning. Expecting rain over night & tomorrow. With any luck we may have the weekend rain free. It's been a very wet martin season here. I sure could use a break & get a season where I don't have to flip so many crickets or hand feed chicks to keep them f...
by ToyinPA
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 1 Nest to go
Replies: 3
Views: 183

1 Nest to go

It's been a very trying season. I have a late nest of 5 chicks. ASY Pair had a nest with 3 eggs. A starling breach their cavity & 1 egg was smashed, another damaged, the last one did not hatch. She laid 5 more eggs & they all hatched. The 5 chicks are now 23 (3chicks) & 22 (2 chicks) days old today....
by ToyinPA
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starting colony in Maryland
Replies: 5
Views: 211

Re: Starting colony in Maryland

How close to someone else's colony do I need to be in order to have any birds discover my housing? Thank you so much for the idea on checking the research area! I found someone nearby and will private message them :) Jenn As the bird flies on the wing...the closest colony to me is straight south, o...
by ToyinPA
Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fledgling can't fly
Replies: 1
Views: 211

Re: Fledgling can't fly

Hello everyone. I have two houses here in Rhode Island. Every year there are a few that jump but can't really fly. Yesterday I had a baby sitting on the bush in front of the house. I was able to catch him and thought about placing back in the compartment, but the parents are done feeding and I was ...
by ToyinPA
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Heat and Late Nest in TX
Replies: 12
Views: 641

Re: Hit 111deg. Today

Got up to 111 deg. today. Our three little babies are hanging in there even in this heat. Besides the shade cloth and fan, we are supplementing with crickets and meal worms. Someone is eating them. Hubby, the great guy that he is, has been changing out dual ice packs four times a day. If we can get...
by ToyinPA
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Moisture Needs Of Fledges ??
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Re: Moisture Needs Of Fledges ??

I am trying to strengthen a fledge I found on the ground unable to fly. He seems fully developed, wings and feathers all look good, he just can't maintain flight. I am feeding him crickets and meal worms soaked in water. My question is, is this enough moisture for him or do I need to supplement thi...
by ToyinPA
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 5 seconds to help the PMCA win $3000
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: 5 seconds to help the PMCA win $3000

I would have voted, but it's Face Book only & I don't do Face Book.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Late babies!!
Replies: 5
Views: 287

Re: Late babies!!

Sounds like a re-nest. I just had a re-nest (both are ASY) hatch out 5 chicks July 9th & 10th. I have another nest with chicks ready to fledge any day. I've had late nests that ended up being here into late August. The downside is they are on their own. No support from the colony against predators. ...
by ToyinPA
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dead babies
Replies: 4
Views: 251

Re: Dead babies

I need some advice ..we are first time purple Martin landlords with two nests . One in a trio house and one in a gourd. Our first nest of 4 babies in the trio house hatched 6/20 and 6/21 . We have conducted nest checks at approx every 4-5 days. Last nest checks done 4 days prior to today reveal all...
by ToyinPA
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Unhatched Eggs?
Replies: 8
Views: 301

Re: Unhatched Eggs?

Started a new colony at a new location last year. Managed to attract one pair last year and she laid 5 eggs, but none of them hatched. Now i have another pair here who arrived late (May 27) and have since laid 4 eggs. Eggs and nest seem to be in good shape, but I am thinking they should have hatche...
by ToyinPA
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Warming wet chick
Replies: 2
Views: 133

Re: Warming wet chick

Yesterday I found a half drowned cold baby Martin on the ground after another downpour. I was actually pretty sure it was dead, but there was just a trace of life left. I wasn’t too sure what to do so I made a makeshift nest out of an old shotgun shell box and lined it with absorbent paper towels. ...
by ToyinPA
Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Quest for the Ultimate Supplemental Food
Replies: 2
Views: 149

Re: My Quest for the Ultimate Supplemental Food

Doug: Interesting. I'm assuming this would keep chicks healthy, during lack of natural food times, preventing dehydration, which is almost impossible to reverse. I lose chicks every year to dehydration caused by lack of food during bad weather times, even tho I supplement feed. Is this in powder for...
by ToyinPA
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental Feeding Question
Replies: 6
Views: 207

Re: Supplemental Feeding Question

I've ordered from several places, but Fluker's seems to be the best. Once they sent me 1/4 inch crickets instead of 3/4 inch size. I called & complained. I had to send photos. They replaced the whole order. When I place an order in the "note" section I request "True to size" that way I get the major...
by ToyinPA
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fombell PA Report 6/25/2018
Replies: 3
Views: 230

Re: Fombell PA Report 6/25/2018

Hi Doug: Sounds like things are going well for your colony. Pretty slim pickings here. Started with 10 ASY males. 2 killed. Had 7 females. Lost 2 females to hawks? while they were off feeding. Ended up with 5 pair & 3 spare ASY males. Due to lack of females one male eventually gave up & left. I had ...

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