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by Hanover Bill
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Does Offering Different Types Of Cavities Help Attract Martins ?
Replies: 11
Views: 2700

Re: Does Offering Different Types Of Cavities Help Attract Martins ?

I would say yes. Especially when trying to attract your first nesters. In my own case I started with a plastic house, added gourds, Troyer horizontal and verticle, and finally found success when I also put up a T-14. The T-14 seemed to put me over the finish line. Of course all of this took 5 years ...
by Hanover Bill
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Purple Martins Obviously Like Gourds!
Replies: 10
Views: 3170

Re: My Purple Martins Obviously Like Gourds!

Steve; My colony kind of evolved a little differently. I started off with a plastic house, then a house and some gourds. I only got nesters when I added a T-14 to the mix. It seemed to be the deal maker in attracting my first nesting pairs. However, after those first nesters the gourds won out in a ...
by Hanover Bill
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Forest fires in Brazil's Amazon rain forest
Replies: 19
Views: 5889

Re: Forest fires in Brazil's Amazon rain forest

No lack of things to worry about when you are a Purple Martin Landlord. Add another one to the list with this news. Martins are very adaptable as are all of God's creatures, so hopefully they will navigate this issue as they have many others over the years.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Farewell Tour 2019 ??
Replies: 5
Views: 1245

Re: Farewell Tour 2019 ??

Well said Toy. I'm already missing them.

Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Farewell Tour 2019 ??
Replies: 5
Views: 1245

Farewell Tour 2019 ??

It seems like every year I am privileged to get a "farewell tour" from my Martins. Even though most had fledged weeks ago and there has been very little activity around my housing, yesterday I was treated to what I call the "farewell tour". At least 50 Martins circling the housing, chirping away, al...
by Hanover Bill
Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??
Replies: 11
Views: 5624

How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??

Anyone out there have any experience with 18 gourds hung on a 2" square aluminum pole? Right now I have two 2" aluminum poles with 12 gourds a piece on them. No issues at all with the wind with this set up. I am thinking about possible expansion next year to 18 gourds on one or both of them . They s...
by Hanover Bill
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl Predation
Replies: 17
Views: 6898

Re: Owl Predation

Hi Dave; Nature indeed can fully test our resilience. I know mine has been tested quite a few times as a Purple Martin Landlord. Just last night I heard a GHO hooting away in my back lot. Fortunately all of my Martins have fledged, but it sure gives me something to worry about for next season. I don...
by Hanover Bill
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pole for T-14
Replies: 11
Views: 4386

Re: Pole for T-14

I used a two inch square highway sign post, the kind with holes about an inch or two apart on all four sides. It has been up for 6 years and no issues yet. It has survived some pretty good Western Pa. severe thunderstorms. You are right about the weight of the T-14, it is a heavy one. Probably the b...
by Hanover Bill
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Last Three August Late Purple Martin Broods Have Finally Fledged
Replies: 6
Views: 5203

Re: My Last Three August Late Purple Martin Broods Have Finally Fledged

I'm a long way from Louisiana here in Western Pa. but I also have had a couple of later than normal nests and fledges. I got confused on my nest checks but I assume they are re-nests. I still have two to go. All of my others fledged weeks ago. Whatever the reason for these late nests it seems to be ...
by Hanover Bill
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd racks and gourds - Going out of business
Replies: 9
Views: 4200

Re: Gourd racks and gourds - Going out of business

Hi Trishy; I'm sorry to hear that you are closing down your site. On the other hand, I understand that being a landlord can be heart breaking at times. Nature can be cruel, and dealing with some of the problems a landlord encounters can push us to the limits of our patience, I know, I've been there....
by Hanover Bill
Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What a season, central PA
Replies: 7
Views: 3641

Re: What a season, central PA

Sounds like another rough year over that way Toy. You can take comfort in the fact that you are doing everything possible for your Martins. Hopefully you have a string of good seasons ahead, you certainly deserve it.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three puzzles
Replies: 4
Views: 910

Re: Three puzzles

Thanks for the responses, I think I'll have to go back over my records and see if I missed something. Maybe I had a senior moment when recording the information, it's been known to happen before. LOL.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Slow Fledgers ??
Replies: 1
Views: 608

Slow Fledgers ??

I am finding fledges that should have fledged days ago, still in the gourd. They appear healthy, just haven't fledged yet. I never remember that happening before. Are there any stats out there on what is the longest period a fledge has gone from hatch to fledge? I know the accepted time frame is 26-...
by Hanover Bill
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Three puzzles
Replies: 4
Views: 910

Re: Three puzzles

I have had some strange happenings at my site this year also. I have a gourd which I had scheduled to fledge 5 Martins on Jul. 6th. I assumed all had fledged successfully. While walking under the housing yesterday I noticed a female carrying a bug go into this gourd. I lowered the housing and much t...
by Hanover Bill
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Handling of Runts ??
Replies: 3
Views: 4716

Handling of Runts ??

Just looking for suggestions and advise on the handling of runts in order to give them the best chance for survival. During a nest check yesterday I noticed one baby probably half the size of his clutch mates.

Thanks in advance;
Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Oyster Shells ??
Replies: 3
Views: 3235

Oyster Shells ??

Are the Manna Pro Oyster Shells available at Tractor Supply alright for Purple Martins? Reading the label, it sounds like they are mainly for chickens, but I was wondering if they are safe for the Martins? If not where do you get crushed oyster shells for Martins?

Thanks;
Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: martins in garden!
Replies: 6
Views: 5381

Re: martins in garden!

I also used to think the Martins never went to ground except to gather nesting material, but the longer I am at this the more I realize that their behavior is adapted to conditions. I see them in my garden and mulch pile pretty often. Also always thought of them as high flyers and feeders, but I not...
by Hanover Bill
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rain, cold...update in central PA
Replies: 7
Views: 2511

Re: Rain, cold...update in central PA

Hi Toy; The weather hasn't been quite as bad over here as what you are dealing with, but it is still chilly and wet enough for me to be concerned about hypothermia. I have a lot of just newly hatched chicks out there, so the timing of the weather isn't good. Supposed to be decent today and tomorrow ...
by Hanover Bill
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Extra Large Egg Clutch ??
Replies: 4
Views: 1445

Re: Extra Large Egg Clutch ??

Thanks Toy and Spiderman;

I will take your advice, wait and see how many hatch, and then take action if necessary.

Hanover Bill.
by Hanover Bill
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Extra Large Egg Clutch ??
Replies: 4
Views: 1445

Extra Large Egg Clutch ??

During my nest check yesterday I found one nest with 9 eggs. I have real concerns about this pair being able to feed that many babies. Would I be wise to move a couple of those eggs into another nest with fewer eggs, that is due to hatch around the same date? Are Martins aware of the number of eggs ...

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