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by Nikkidodi - SATX
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins won't stay
Replies: 11
Views: 2887

Re: Martins won't stay

Not an expert by any means, but I've always used bleach to clean my houses and gourds and it doesn't seem to bother my tenants. Any remnant of bleach left after thorough rinsing is probably broken down after exposure to UV sunlight for a day or two. It could be that they are not sticking around just...
by Nikkidodi - SATX
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Subbys!
Replies: 9
Views: 2328

Re: Subbys!

I had four stubbies show up along with three adults at my rack this morning.
by Nikkidodi - SATX
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Activity at my small colony today.
Replies: 2
Views: 800

First Activity at my small colony today.

First Activity last year was April 6 and 2018 is 3 weeks earlier. I just opened the entrances two days ago and this morning three very vocal adult males were arguing over the same south facing gourd. Update: 3/13/2018 @0900; 6 martins on site this morning, 4 are either female or subbies. I can't tel...
by Nikkidodi - SATX
Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Still feeding babies in Central Texas
Replies: 8
Views: 2585

Great news, Emil. I am having the same experience here. One nest remaining, earliest possible fledge day is Aug. 8th. A few hot days near 100 recently, but cooling this week to the mid 90's. I have only 8 houses (4 quad pods and 4 gourds), but counted 42 purple martins on the house and power lines a...
by Nikkidodi - SATX
Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can they be gone already?
Replies: 5
Views: 2645

This is my second year as a landlord (after 3 unsuccessful years). This year with 8 pods/gourds, I had 7 nesting pairs, 32 eggs, 28 hatched and fledged between Jun 4th – 19th. (only 7 fledglings from 1 pair last year.) While I would have thought that most of my Martins would have moved onto the Roos...
by Nikkidodi - SATX
Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Renest's
Replies: 7
Views: 3105

Added a photo to the post above
by Nikkidodi - SATX
Mon Jun 30, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Renest's
Replies: 7
Views: 3105

Louise,

I use 90% shade cloth. I want to be sure the babies don't get any sun that could burn them. Here is a link to the site where I purchased a roll. http://www.amazon.com/Keystone-Fabrics- ... roduct_top
by Nikkidodi - SATX
Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Renest's
Replies: 7
Views: 3105

Yes, how well I know! The heat was my main concern as well. Last year we had 100 degree days in early June. I will be hanging shade cloth also as I did last year. Ordered another 2,000 mealworms (used 5,000 so far this year). Another thing that I have done is to remove the plastic caps from the gour...
by Nikkidodi - SATX
Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Renest's
Replies: 7
Views: 3105

I posted an UPDATE today to a post I made 6/20 after my last pair of baby martins had fledged and the site appeared to be abandoned. "They are still returning at night (counted 17 yesterday) and one of the nests is being re-used. I had suspended nest checks after the pair fledged, but found 2 eggs o...
by Nikkidodi - SATX
Fri Jun 20, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Can they be gone already?
Replies: 5
Views: 2645

My martin babies began fledging June 4th and the last 2 fledged yesterday June 19. They returned last night and spent the night in their housing, but not one in sight at 4:00 PM this evening. 4 eggs failed to hatch this year, but the 28 that did all survived and fledged. I'm thankful for that. It su...
by Nikkidodi - SATX
Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Rehabbers in San Antonio or Austin area?
Replies: 3
Views: 1465

Following up the the link given above. Since time is of the essense, I wanted to give the link ASAP. These folks are wonderful. I have taken several animals/birds (ie; blind feral kitten, white wing dove, house wren stuck to glue trap, etc) to them and they have never dissapointed me. I donate month...
by Nikkidodi - SATX
Sun Jun 01, 2014 12:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A nesting question of concern
Replies: 2
Views: 1280

A nesting question of concern

Last year, I had one nesting pair and five fledged (from 5 eggs). This year all eight apartments/gourds were claimed and seven had eggs (28 of 32 eggs hatched). The remaining nest is picture perfect, but no eggs. It has been 2 weeks since the last baby hatched, so I doubt the other 4 eggs are viable...
by Nikkidodi - SATX
Sat May 17, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: An easy DIY Martin Feeder
Replies: 3
Views: 2125

Thanks for that info, Anthony, I'll definitely check that out. I thought that there must be someplace locally that they gather, but never knew where. I saw a group skimming the San Antonio River in the new stretch near the Pearl Brewery last summer. That was pretty neat.
by Nikkidodi - SATX
Sat May 17, 2014 9:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 4:30 AM/pouring rain...and....
Replies: 3
Views: 1228

Glue Traps

I, agree with you Toy... Glue traps should be outlawed. Here in the San Antonio hill country we have a scorpion problem from time to time. A few years ago, I set out a glue trap in my garage near the door that comes into the house. I caught a gecko and a wren that was chasing it. The wren was weak a...
by Nikkidodi - SATX
Sat May 17, 2014 6:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: An easy DIY Martin Feeder
Replies: 3
Views: 2125

An easy DIY Martin Feeder

In the past, I tried to feed mealworms to my martins, by placing them on the porches, but many would crawl off and fall to the ground before I could even raise the houses back into position and more would fall off before the Martins returned. So yesterday I decided to try something different. I used...
by Nikkidodi - SATX
Tue May 13, 2014 3:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: QUESTION
Replies: 3
Views: 1684

Winger,

I have the Heritage Quad Pods with the SREH and internal baffels installed. My martins have no problem with either. All pods have eggs at this time. My Troyer gourds filled up first, though.

ND
by Nikkidodi - SATX
Tue May 06, 2014 8:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Choosing the Right Housing for Purple Martins
Replies: 8
Views: 2782

Heritage Farms Quad Pods and Troyer Gourds

The first year I put up 4 Heritage Farms Quad Pods and there were no takers. Second year I added 4 Troyer gourds (one below each pod) and again had no takers. Third year, last year, I had one pair set up housekeeping in a gourd and fledged 5 young'uns (from 5 eggs). This year, Mr Martin returned on ...
by Nikkidodi - SATX
Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: AmazonSmile will support the PMCA when you shop
Replies: 34
Views: 132945

I'm in Louise. I changed my Amazon "bookmark" to the smile.amazon loggin. I can't remember the last time I shopped at a brick and mortar store (5-6 years maybe?) I am an Ama-zonie!
by Nikkidodi - SATX
Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Timothy Grass or Aspen Chips?
Replies: 11
Views: 4263

Return rate of fledglings....

A very interesting topic on which bedding is best to provide the Martins. I use "aged" cedar chips (from a bail that has sat in the garage for a years "airing out". I read with interest the article posted via link by Mark. I may have read it previously, but the re-read was very useful. It contained ...