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by Spiderman
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mysterious Predator
Replies: 19
Views: 314

Re: Mysterious Predator

If a raccoon is your predator (in my experience), he will cut off the wings and leave them laying on the ground near by.
by Spiderman
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest check #15
Replies: 1
Views: 63

Re: Nest check #15

You might think of adding a plastic board above the Gourd to reduce the direct sun. The type of campaign sign you see on street corners work really well. Just secure it with zip ties.
by Spiderman
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pool owners
Replies: 8
Views: 245

Re: Pool owners

We live on a lake and the Poles for the Martins are 5' from the water. The adults always have the fledglings 1st flight over the water. Remarkably most of the time they fly perfect the 1st time. I have waded out in the lake and dipped up a couple with a dip net. A pool will not provide enough room f...
by Spiderman
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Here is my set up that has martins thriving in a small residential yard.
Replies: 14
Views: 434

Re: Here is my set up that has martins thriving in a small residential yard.

Yeah, 100% occupancy is tough. But you have a very nice setup. If you did add another house your pair numbers would probably increase.

Not having a lot of large trees for the Hawks to hide in is a big plus for your location.
by Spiderman
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mites???
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Mites???

So it's getting pretty warm here and late in the Martin Season. Probably 75% of our Martins have fledged with about 25% left to go. Let me say I really like the Troyer horizontal gourds. If you have mites they will be in the lid and the threads of the plastic Gourd when you unscrew the cap. A quarte...
by Spiderman
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need your help asap
Replies: 15
Views: 399

Re: Need your help asap

I buy 100 crickets at a time. A place that sells bait for fishing is usually the cheapest route. Put them in a gallon zip lock bag with air inside and put them in the freezer. In 20 minutes they will be stunned. I Usually take out 8 or 10 on a saucer, they will be thawed out in a few minutes. Take a...
by Spiderman
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Recent Gourds Maintenance
Replies: 13
Views: 1272

Re: Recent Gourds Maintenance

I had a rat snake kill 7 Martins this year, 2adults and 5 Fledglings. For a rat snake 5' in length, I think you will need to install 3/4" netting so his head can pass through the webbing and be snared. That is 3/4" across the webbing not measured diagonally. I found some locally at Tractor Supply, n...
by Spiderman
Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Update…July 1, 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: Purple Martin Update…July 1, 2019

I'm glad you had a Good Year, Steve. You have produce an amazing number of Fledglings that will return to nest all over Texas and Louisiana. I know it is a tremendous amount of work. Preparing the nests for the Martins arrival and cleaning everything back up after they have gone. I can't imagine whe...
by Spiderman
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What to do with a jumper?
Replies: 6
Views: 189

Re: What to do with a jumper?

I usually put them in a 5 gallon bucket for a couple of hours and feed them crickets dipped in gatorade. Most can eat 4 and the other day I had a baby Martin eat 8 crickets. If the day time temps are 100 degrees or higher they are going to jump. Might consider adding more ventilation before next yea...
by Spiderman
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone take their housing down yet
Replies: 8
Views: 230

Re: Anyone take their housing down yet

I won't take mind down until the end of July. There will be a lot of birds coming thru the area that will stop for a day or two on their migration south.
by Spiderman
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A gang of martins?
Replies: 15
Views: 327

Re: A gang of martins?

Ed is right. If there have been strong winds, it is possible their houses were blown down and they are looking at your housing to attempt a renest. I have added sufficient numbers to my Colony after a big storm came through the area. Just try and give them their space until they decide. Once you see...
by Spiderman
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My 24 Gourd Super System
Replies: 1
Views: 116

Re: My 24 Gourd Super System

That's a wonderful picture Steve.

Before long the vast majority will be at the community roost and only come back for short visits during the day.
by Spiderman
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Well do Martins Take to Houses when they are Used to Gourds?
Replies: 8
Views: 165

Re: How Well do Martins Take to Houses when they are Used to Gourds?

I'm transitioning from wooden houses to Gourds. The Martins have changed to the gourds without any issues. The remaining houses have minimal birds nesting in them. The gourds are just so much bigger and the Martins are laying more eggs per nest. They stay drier during rain storms and the ventilation...
by Spiderman
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tough Season
Replies: 9
Views: 412

Re: Tough Season

That's actually a good idea.

We put out sunflower seeds in our feeders. As much as I dislike blue jays they have saved many of our Martins by sounding the alarm cry and allowing the Martins to get airborne in time.
by Spiderman
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New landlord has questions northcentral ohio
Replies: 1
Views: 95

Re: New landlord has questions northcentral ohio

Eggs usually hatch in 16 days once all the eggs are laid and incubation begin.

Once the eggs hatch, in 26 days they will fledge/fly.

Hope everything goes well for you through this Season!
by Spiderman
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Maxed OUT!!
Replies: 13
Views: 1284

Re: Maxed OUT!!

My wife LOVES doing nest checks. I do them for 2 reasons. When the Martins are within a week of fledging, if there is going to be serious outbreak of mites, this is when it will happen. A 1/4 teaspoon of 5% Sevin dust in the entryway or in the threads of the cap will eliminate the mites. The Fledgli...
by Spiderman
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tough Season
Replies: 9
Views: 412

Re: Tough Season

I'm Sorry this season has been so hard on you and your Martins. We are usually plagued by Hawks but this year they have hunted elsewhere for some reason. Usually in my experience red tail Hawks aren't much of a problem when it comes to Martins. The Martins will sound the warning and fly but the red ...
by Spiderman
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Scrambled eggs
Replies: 10
Views: 1245

Re: Scrambled eggs

It's a lot different climate in Galveston than what Dick has in Ohio. If he didn't provide food for his Martins a lot of them would perish, maybe 30% to 40%. They have cold fronts and rain that last for days at a time all the way through May. I still can't believe he has Martins eating eggs out of a...
by Spiderman
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Favorite Gourd Rack
Replies: 10
Views: 1169

Re: My Favorite Gourd Rack

We had 65+ mph winds and driving rain from the north two nights ago. The racks were all the way at the top of the 3" pole. I was concerned but knew if I lowered the poles at that point, birds would all get airborne and it would be even a bigger problem. The next morning the Martins emerged dry and s...
by Spiderman
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Favorite Gourd Rack
Replies: 10
Views: 1169

Re: My Favorite Gourd Rack

I have three of the Gemini systems with 26 Troyer Horizontal Gourds of each one. That is 13 gourds per ring. That is about the most you can have on them comfortably. The system has been well thought out but you will need two people to assemble the rings to the braces. It is light even with the gourd...

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