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by daveh
Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martinwatch nest data sheet, fledged?
Replies: 9
Views: 123

Re: Martinwatch nest data sheet, fledged?

I write down what I see, 0 young.

Dave
by daveh
Sun Jul 05, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: gourd racks
Replies: 9
Views: 232

Re: gourd racks

Thanks everyone. I still would like to hear from folks that built cages for their gourd racks and how difficult it was to do. Dave
by daveh
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: gourd racks
Replies: 9
Views: 232

gourd racks

I'm thinking about taking my trendsetter 26 house down and replacing with a 12-16 gourd rack next year. I'd like to know which racks are easy to do nest checks and which ones are easy to add a cage for owl protection. I'll probably use the 2 inch ground stake in ground that was used for the trendset...
by daveh
Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First ever hatchling!
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: First ever hatchling!

I drop my houses and gourds every 5days to check the birds and keep records. I drop until the last baby has fledged. I use the sock and string method to plug openings of birds that are almost ready to fledge. I haven't had much trouble dropping my systems throughout the season because the birds get ...
by daveh
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Liquid 7 ??
Replies: 2
Views: 143

Re: Liquid 7 ??

Bill, I use the dust under the nests and the liquid 7 on outside surfaces for mite control.

Dave
by daveh
Sun May 24, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When do SY pairs start nest building?
Replies: 2
Views: 195

Re: When do SY pairs start nest building?

If you get in the habit of lowering your house every 5-7 days throughout the season, you will know what's going on and when nests are being built. We drop our houses and gourds every 5 days, weather permitting, to make sure everythings ok . The birds get used to us. We drop our houses until the last...
by daveh
Sun May 10, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Kingbirds... fiesty little guys
Replies: 2
Views: 158

Re: Kingbirds... fiesty little guys

I have eastern kingbirds in my yard. pretty birds. Have never seen them fight with the martins. They ignore each other.

dave
by daveh
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl Cage Inquiry
Replies: 6
Views: 280

Re: Owl Cage Inquiry

I caged everything up 4-5 years ago and don't recall any problem. They zip right on thru the 2x4 inch wire like it's not there. The babies will will have some problem but will figure it out eventually.

Dave
by daveh
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio rooms
Replies: 6
Views: 261

Re: Trio rooms

I used a 2 inch knock 0ut punch and punched the wall twice making a 3 1/2 inch by 2 inch tall hole, basically egg shape. I would not cut two inch holes because I've seen birds stuck with wing entrapment. Cut at least three inch wide or larger holes. Since I did this 4-5 years ago to my trio castle, ...
by daveh
Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM decoys
Replies: 8
Views: 1197

Re: PM decoys

Spiderman, the barred owls here do not carry the martins away and swallow them whole. They pluck and eat, not swallow whole, the martin on the ground below the colony, leaving a pile of feathers. I've watched them do it many times.

Dave
by daveh
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Distance between racks
Replies: 8
Views: 520

Re: Distance between racks

Very good point John.

Dave
by daveh
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding Platform To help attract
Replies: 6
Views: 300

Re: Feeding Platform To help attract

I leave a feeding station out all season. It has pine needles, oyster shell, and meal worms. They can and well use it all summer especially when babies arrive. They mainly feed flying insects but use the station for extra food. Not all birds will use pine needles but some do. Iuse pine needles in al...
by daveh
Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Distance between racks
Replies: 8
Views: 520

Re: Distance between racks

I have six poles spaced 30 feet from each other. The birds don't care and it's easy to mow around them with my lawnmower or tractor.

Dave
by daveh
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin House build along
Replies: 54
Views: 10103

Re: Martin House build along

I use the aluminum crescent plates from PMCA for my openings on several of my houses and don't believe I've had any problems with starlings. I use them on my North Stars. I place them on top of the porches. The plate has 1/2 inch space between the bottom and the crescent bottom, plenty of space to c...
by daveh
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about feeding trays
Replies: 3
Views: 1622

Re: Question about feeding trays

I use a 10x21x21/4 inch black plastic seed growing tray. I built a wooden frame the tray fits into. The tray is secured in the wood frame with a couple of homemade stops on each end that cover the top of the tray so it doesn't blow away. Yes, even at 21/4 inches tall I will lose stuff like meal worm...
by daveh
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Guns N' Roses Cold November Rain in February! Yuk
Replies: 17
Views: 2500

Re: Guns N' Roses Cold November Rain in February! Yuk

I have a feeder station next to my houses and gourds. I supply it with dried meal worms, oyster shell, chicken egg shell, and pine straw. I usually rehydrate the meal worms so that they don't blow away. I never had to toss food in the air to attract them. They just came because they are inquisitive....
by daveh
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about my new Trendsetter...
Replies: 8
Views: 1709

Re: Question about my new Trendsetter...

T-Bird, They do not extend to the entrances. They are made with 1/4 inch thick wood, are aprox. 5 3/4 w x 6 1/4 l. They are a wood floor and a wood front that is 1 1/4 inches tall measured from inside the tray. The sides and backs are wrapped with 3 inch tall aluminum flashing. I had a nail protrudi...
by daveh
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about my new Trendsetter...
Replies: 8
Views: 1709

Re: Question about my new Trendsetter...

I made my nest trays for my Trendsetter 26 and place them on top of the mesh screens. I think the trays will stay drier being on the screens and not on the floors. I've done this since day one, about 8 years.

Dave
by daveh
Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: OFF TOPIC/ Superbowl
Replies: 15
Views: 879

Re: OFF TOPIC/ Superbowl

50 years since the last Superbowl. We are due. Go Chiefs!

Dave
by daveh
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match
Replies: 15
Views: 796

Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

I have trio houses and the paint I found that was close to the trio color was rustoleum hunter green spray paint.

Dave