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by Sharon Wangen, MN
Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: what's a good gun to shoot sparows with not to powerful!
Replies: 35
Views: 12211

Beeman air rifle Pellets

Question for Sandy I have the same air rifle you mentioned. Lately I keep missing the target. Which brand of pellets do you have success with? I've been using crossman. Some have a dome point and this other style doesn't. I need to work on getting it sighted back in. This season the sparrows are jus...
by Sharon Wangen, MN
Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: how to stop a cat.
Replies: 40
Views: 10998

Get a big dog
by Sharon Wangen, MN
Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Iowa wether
Replies: 10
Views: 3442

I froze my entire shipment and thawEd what I was going to use. I do warm them up a bit with warm water
by Sharon Wangen, MN
Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Iowa wether
Replies: 10
Views: 3442

Weather has been just as bad here in so MN. I have about 30 martins now since early April. This is my first year flInging crickets I bought 5000. The first tme I tried they hadn't eaten in three days. And they were all in the house I made them get out about 630 at night i work days. they won't learn...
by Sharon Wangen, MN
Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wrens and martins don't mix!
Replies: 12
Views: 2985

Wrens will definitely peck Martin eggs. I had the same trouble before too. I no longer put up wren houses in my yard
by Sharon Wangen, MN
Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Wrens and martins don't mix!
Replies: 12
Views: 2985

Wrens will definitely peck Martin eggs. I had the same trouble before too. I no longer put up wren houses in my yard
by Sharon Wangen, MN
Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental Feeding
Replies: 17
Views: 3801

I froze mine for about 30 min so they were very groggy. the martins liked the martins liked the bigger ones the best. Next time I will need to thaw them and let them warm up
by Sharon Wangen, MN
Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: cricket launching idea
Replies: 4
Views: 1364

cricket launching idea

Say what do you all think about this idea I got from my friends at work. There is a 'gun' that you make out of PVC called a marshmellow gun. Just enter marshmellow gun into google and you'll find all kinds of different directions on how to make one. Put a cricket into one end, blow on the other and ...
by Sharon Wangen, MN
Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: whats the egg recipe??
Replies: 2
Views: 814

whats the egg recipe??

Ok so what's the trick for making the scrambled eggs?? are you suppose to add water? are there directions in the archives?? Thanks for your help
by Sharon Wangen, MN
Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental Feeding
Replies: 17
Views: 3801

don't stop flinging

keep flinging them with a plastic spoon, straight up high over there heads. I tried it today for the first time and just kept flinging them one at a time for an hour and then they figured it out. It was very cool.
by Sharon Wangen, MN
Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: please help cant find food
Replies: 13
Views: 2986

cricket cost

I forgot to mention the 5,000 that i ordered was $87 total with the shipping.
They came from tennessee
by Sharon Wangen, MN
Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: please help cant find food
Replies: 13
Views: 2986

crickets

I just got my shipment today from reptilefoods.com I ordered 5,000 they shipped overnight I got 1,000 per box. I've never tried it before. the weather here in southern MN has been just horrid. I put all the boxes in the freezer for about a half hour until they quit wiggling. yuk then I brought one b...
by Sharon Wangen, MN
Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ordering crickets
Replies: 1
Views: 856

Ordering crickets

Where can I Order crickets??? I'm in Minnesota and we are suppose to get 6 inches of snow!
by Sharon Wangen, MN
Sat Nov 20, 2010 5:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: how do I install T14 metal pole ground stake?
Replies: 5
Views: 4201

Thank you so much Allen. I wondered what that bolt was for, It's now two feet under :) I found where someone mentioned they had 2 feet of the stake above ground so that's what I did. I got in done just in time. I'll probably have to wait now until after the next season to switch my house over to thi...
by Sharon Wangen, MN
Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: how do I install T14 metal pole ground stake?
Replies: 5
Views: 4201

how do I install T14 metal pole ground stake?

Can someone please help
I need to know which end of the ground stake is "up" and how deep do I cement it in the ground"? for my new T14 metal pole from the PMCA. Mine did not come with instructions
today is going to me our last nice day before winter will be here to stay.
by Sharon Wangen, MN
Sat May 15, 2010 11:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Minnesota Martins Starving
Replies: 20
Views: 8689

Donnie, what did the bands look like? what colors? was there two? a silver one and a red one? I had a few of my babies banded last season just before the cold spell hit. I lost about 5 or 6 of the newly banded ones during the cold spell. Mine had a silver band on one leg and a red band on the other....
by Sharon Wangen, MN
Sat May 15, 2010 11:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Minnesota Martins Starving
Replies: 20
Views: 8689

I just read Wendells post. He is right. I think I have saved many because most of my compartments are the T-14 and a super gourd rack. I have one metal trio house that I made double compartments out of it. I only have 4 spots for Martins, and the other 4 single rooms have sparrow traps. I bought the...
by Sharon Wangen, MN
Sat May 15, 2010 11:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Minnesota Martins Starving
Replies: 20
Views: 8689

Update Starving MN Martins-loss of about 10%.

I checked my nests today at about 11am, found 4 dead martins, one inside a T-14 nest and 3 in a gourd on my gourd rack, I had found 2 dead the day before. Three males and three females total. The rest of them are looking really good. I am so relieved that it wasn't any worse. I think I had more Mart...
by Sharon Wangen, MN
Sat Apr 15, 2006 3:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: problem w/ smart sparrow
Replies: 42
Views: 47520

Put a little straw into the compartment with the trap, so it thinks its nest that it is building is still there. then it won't be too leary of something going on. Then you have to plug everything single whole so it can't go into anything else. Then go and hide or it won't come back if it can still s...
by Sharon Wangen, MN
Sat Apr 15, 2006 3:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: nest identification
Replies: 2
Views: 5400

You must watch that compartment like a hawk, until you see who or what is using it. Hide while your watching because a sparrow will not come back as long as you are still in the yard.