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by Conrad Baker
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Best place to buy pine straw
Replies: 5
Views: 75

Re: Best place to buy pine straw

I bought mine here. Nice, clean, and dry. Price was reasonable and I got it within a week. purplemartin.org, and look under attraction tools
by Conrad Baker
Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Liquid Sprays for Mite Control
Replies: 7
Views: 128

Re: Liquid Sprays for Mite Control

No, I haven't. I have only used Sevin Dust, but you have my attention. I would like to hear if anyone else has had luck with it.
by Conrad Baker
Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Harbor Freight Flag Ploe
Replies: 6
Views: 170

Re: Harbor Freight Flag Ploe

The flag pole was not designed to support the weight of a martin house. It might sit up there all right, but with the higher winds that could happen, you don't want the pole to fail and the house come crashing down full of eggs or babies. As Dave Duit suggested in a previous post, buy the manufactur...
by Conrad Baker
Mon Jan 18, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sevin dust.
Replies: 2
Views: 132

Re: Sevin dust.

Your application is similar to what I do. I liberally apply it to all corners of the compartments when I first start the season. I also sprinkle some into the pine needles after I put them into the compartment. After the birds build their nest (before egg laying), I reapply. I apply about every two ...
by Conrad Baker
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,
Replies: 21
Views: 553

Re: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,

When you open up the S&K rooms do you shut off one side of the entry holes? I just picked up a new house today and am going to set it up this weekend. Ty!! If you are referring to the attic compartments, I closed them completely off (I actually glued plastic screen over the opening so some air can ...
by Conrad Baker
Sat Jan 02, 2021 10:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They are coming
Replies: 5
Views: 201

Re: They are coming

I guess I better quit procrastinating and get my houses ready!! They are clean, all I have to do is get them out of the garage fill with pine needles and treat with Sevin dust.
by Conrad Baker
Sat Jan 02, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,
Replies: 21
Views: 553

Re: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,

I started off with an S & K house also. I only kept it one year. Flimsy poles, cardboard floors, cardboard walls, inaccessible attic rooms, plastic doors, made in China. It's a martin slum. The definition of a martin slum is an S&K house. A simple neighborhood investigation can determine if there a...
by Conrad Baker
Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,
Replies: 21
Views: 553

Re: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,

It is the only houses I have. I live in South La, and heat can be a problem, but I haven't noticed any problems that the birds encounter. I have thought about painting the roofs white (krylon spray paint), but haven't done that.
by Conrad Baker
Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: pine needles
Replies: 8
Views: 1093

Re: pine needles

I just purchased some from the "Shop Purple Martin" section on this Forum. I order them every year, and they are excellent. Nice and clean, and delivered to my door. Price is reasonable too.
by Conrad Baker
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: An Albino!
Replies: 9
Views: 2033

Re: An Albino!

That is definitely the coolest thing I have seen in a while !! I want one !!
by Conrad Baker
Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Have they already left?
Replies: 12
Views: 1638

Re: Have they already left?

I hadn't seen any for a day or two, then yesterday evening about 6:30, I looked out at the houses and saw two on one house and one on another. That was it. They must just be spending the nite on their way to Brazil. No eggs or babies left in any of the houses. The houses will be coming down this wee...
by Conrad Baker
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: All of my birds are gone
Replies: 2
Views: 528

All of my birds are gone

Except for an occasional straggler, it seems all of my birds are gone. Seems a little early in the season. Nesting cavities show no mites or sparrow nests. Anyone else noticed a drop in activity??
by Conrad Baker
Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies
Replies: 7
Views: 816

Re: Babies

Nice Family !! I can see that you have S&K houses. Did you open up the rooms, or leave them 6 X 6 ? This house is one of the models that has the 9"x9" rooms and the crescent holes without porches. The birds really like this house for some reason, and they seem to have plenty of room. I see the ones...
by Conrad Baker
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Babies
Replies: 7
Views: 816

Re: Babies

Nice Family !! I can see that you have S&K houses. Did you open up the rooms, or leave them 6 X 6 ?
by Conrad Baker
Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 90 degree tunnels
Replies: 19
Views: 1900

Re: 90 degree tunnels

From what I understand, they are rated to 90 mph winds if you have an S&K house on them. If you have additional weight (gourds, feeding trays, etc) it would probably be less. I saw a photo on the box of one of my houses of an S&K house that was mounted on a tri-tel pole, and it was the only thing st...
by Conrad Baker
Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Might have messed up
Replies: 8
Views: 959

Re: Might have messed up

Removing the tree was a good idea IMHO. Open the cavities. Can't keep them closed forever. If you get Sparrows, deal with them. You need to get some Martins !!
by Conrad Baker
Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 90 degree tunnels
Replies: 19
Views: 1900

Re: 90 degree tunnels

My s&k house is always filled first only reason I haven’t taken it down. Then my regular bo round gourds no tunnels Then they spill into my troyer tunnels and some prefer the troyer horizontal with clinger and cling plates. You really can’t go wrong with any of the options. I think the birds who se...
by Conrad Baker
Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Video.. nest building
Replies: 6
Views: 781

Re: Video.. nest building

I haven't thought about trying gourds (yet). I have so much trouble with Starlings and Hosp with the grain elevators around, I don't think I can control them with the gourds that would be pointing away from my back door. I have S&K for all my housing, and I put them up so I am looking at the side of...
by Conrad Baker
Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Video.. nest building
Replies: 6
Views: 781

Re: Video.. nest building

I notice you have an S&K Red Barn, and you installed porches for the attic compartments. Have you found an easy way to do nest checks and clean out the attic compartments after the season?? I had to end up sealing my attic entrances with heavy duty screen to allow for ventilation, but no access to t...
by Conrad Baker
Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk on the Hunt.
Replies: 5
Views: 869

Re: Hawk on the Hunt.

I had a Hawk (not sure what type) two weeks ago sitting on top of one of my PM houses right before daylight. I think he was waiting for the Martins to wake up and leave the house. Which ever Martin was the first to leave didn't stand a chance. I scared it away, and never saw him again, but I did fin...