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by Robbo
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 10 eggs
Replies: 3
Views: 1142

10 eggs

Hi,
I have 10 eggs again in one nest. I would think it has to be the subbies.
by Robbo
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They were here for 10 days, now they're gone
Replies: 9
Views: 1861

Re: They were here for 10 days, now they're gone

Alce,
It's still not to late and perhaps the Subbies will take notice to your site. Site fidelity is a strong thing as the Martins just keep comming back year after year. Good Luck.
by Robbo
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They were here for 10 days, now they're gone
Replies: 9
Views: 1861

Re: They were here for 10 days, now they're gone

Hi Alice,
What is your Martin house made of ? What brand or product? Martin Houses should be made of wood and plastic Gourds should be insulated here, do you provide an elevated feeding station filled with Oyster shells or egg shells?
by Robbo
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They were here for 10 days, now they're gone
Replies: 9
Views: 1861

Re: They were here for 10 days, now they're gone

Hi Alice,
I have two T-14's and gourds underneath here in Leduc and they are building nests and laying eggs like crazy. I was wandering if you have to many trees? are you near water? What kind of house are you providing? I have not noticed Subbies yet so you may still have time.
Rob.
by Robbo
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Poultry Spray
Replies: 6
Views: 1158

Re: Poultry Spray

How did you feed the crickets, by hand? Sevin will work if you do a nest change. I know nothing of poultry spray.
by Robbo
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest box tip
Replies: 4
Views: 1147

Re: Nest box tip

How about just pre building nests or providing nest material on a platform and around your houses? The Martin's don't care. Just silly. Don't buy everything that their selling and I can guess who told you that mallarky.
by Robbo
Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I need sparrow advice
Replies: 21
Views: 5885

Re: I need sparrow advice

thank's Flyin' I could not give that advice.
by Robbo
Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I need sparrow advice
Replies: 21
Views: 5885

Re: I need sparrow advice

What kind of gourds ? can you buy a trap for them? What have you done in the past?
by Robbo
Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bob Buska's North Star
Replies: 37
Views: 16967

Re: Bob Buska's North Star

Good read Curtis, what kind of poles are using? I found the 4x"s warped badly in a couple years? I have the one pole on my one T-14 warped now but the other is straight and older than the other. I am using industrial strength winches that they use on drilling rig lighting towers now, no chance of fa...
by Robbo
Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bob Buska's North Star
Replies: 37
Views: 16967

Re: Bob Buska's North Star

Please I would welcome anyone that has one of those to comment on theirs. Probs and plus's. I bet you the T-14 is in great shape.
by Robbo
Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bob Buska's North Star
Replies: 37
Views: 16967

Re: Bob Buska's North Star

Pile of garbage if Buskas builds it. Go Cedar T-14's , or Gourd 's. BO-11 plus insulated. Buskas told me he built the house himself for me and it imploded after a winch failure. Not one stitch of glue on that house as BOB said there was. I rebuilt that house and after getting a T-14, I burnt that pi...
by Robbo
Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When will they arrive
Replies: 33
Views: 6753

Re: When will they arrive

Sounds like a nice Martin house, have any pictures? Obviously not a North Star.
by Robbo
Fri Jun 02, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When will they arrive
Replies: 33
Views: 6753

Re: When will they arrive

Yes moisture is a factor or so I have been told. Try and keep your nests as dry as possible but with that said, would you want to live in a house that filled up with water everytime it rained?
by Robbo
Wed May 31, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When will they arrive
Replies: 33
Views: 6753

Re: When will they arrive

True enough Archer. The thing is I could not find the reason all the nestling were dying until I pulled one styrofoam pad out and it was covered in Blow fly larvae underneath and none on top. That house was bad from the get go and eventually got rid of it. I truly believe in Sevin and cleaning the n...
by Robbo
Wed May 31, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When will they arrive
Replies: 33
Views: 6753

Re: When will they arrive

I used them the first year and had Blow fly investation. I did not catch it quick enough and when I did the Blow flies were hiding under all of the styrofoam in the infected nests. I lost half of that house. I threw away all the styrofoam and only use nest trays with hay and Sevin now. I have not ha...
by Robbo
Tue May 30, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When will they arrive
Replies: 33
Views: 6753

Re: When will they arrive

DON'T DO IT! Did you get my message? Please! You will kill your birds. I know Please don't take that advice. I lost half my colony from that with blow flies! If you need real advice I am here. I am happy to show you the colony @ my site in my the backyard in town and save you so many problems. Been ...
by Robbo
Tue May 30, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: BO-11 Plus insulated gourds are a success here in Alberta.
Replies: 0
Views: 1474

BO-11 Plus insulated gourds are a success here in Alberta.

The Martin's love the gourds again this year and the T-14's. The Martin's are making nest's and the first eggs are in an BO-11 gourd! infact the only eggs are in the Gourd so far! (3). I was told Martin's would not nest in them here and now I am considering getting a gourd rack as they are so succes...
by Robbo
Tue May 30, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sticky traps
Replies: 5
Views: 1395

Re: Sticky traps

Sticky traps make me so nervous and I avoid using them. The only time I will is if Sparrows have laid eggs, and even then I don't let the gourd out of my sight.
by Robbo
Tue May 30, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Broken Martin Eggs?
Replies: 5
Views: 1199

Re: Broken Martin Eggs?

Emil,
I would also say sparrow's. I still wonder about Subbie's also? Possible House Wren, I had that issue a few years back.
by Robbo
Tue May 30, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When will they arrive
Replies: 33
Views: 6753

Re: When will they arrive

Hi Alice, I am right in Leduc and the Subbies have been showing up for 2 weeks now. The Martin's are building their nests and laying now, but the subbies should keep comming in for a few more weeks. Keep playing the Dawn song and eliminate Sparrows they should show up eventually Martin decoys could ...