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by dhjohnson
Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Worm gear winches
Replies: 8
Views: 2517

Re: Worm gear winches

We have used a modified worm gear winch for 5 years now. It has never failed! We hosted 59 pair in 2017. The very smooth operation allows nest checks all the way to fledgling. No jerking or sudden drops keeps growing nestling calm! Consistent checks conditions nestling to the routine so they expect ...
by dhjohnson
Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My oldest birds are all no shows..
Replies: 11
Views: 2364

Re: My oldest birds are all no shows..

Hi Doug, Every year I host many transit birds. They stay anywhere from a few days to a week or more. We already have 60 birds back and nest building is heavy. Yesterday, I identified positively, our first SY Male Martin. He is fighting with the ASY Males over gourds. I am full up right now but hope ...
by dhjohnson
Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Picked my gourds today!
Replies: 15
Views: 4896

Re: Picked my gourds today!

Sharon,
For the big 48" gourd...Don't discard...Cut it in half, use a 1/8" divider wooden divider. Make a duplex with 2 separate entrances and access ports.

Just a thought,
Debbie
by dhjohnson
Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Picked my gourds today!
Replies: 15
Views: 4896

Re: Picked my gourds today!

Nicely done Sharon! :grin:
Best wishes for a positive 2017 martin season!

Debbie
by dhjohnson
Fri Jul 01, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: could have been my year, foiled by BB's
Replies: 3
Views: 1272

Re: could have been my year, foiled by BB's

Hi DeFed, Bluebirds have stopped many new martin colonies from getting off the ground. They are extremely territorial and defend their domain ruthlessly! A new start up colony must put enough distance from the martin rack to the bluebird nest...mine are almost 100 feet away!. They do offer a quick e...
by dhjohnson
Fri Jul 01, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Final Update at my Colony
Replies: 27
Views: 5400

Re: Final Update at my Colony

Wow James,
What a smashing report! You totally hit it out of the park!
Best wishes for a great year in 2017!
You are on a roll now...don't let up!

Debbie
by dhjohnson
Fri Jul 01, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Colony Update central PA
Replies: 11
Views: 1788

Re: Colony Update central PA

Toy, What a great thread! You are truly a great inspiration! While we...down south LOL Didn't experience quite your level of trama...I lost 22 eggs due of cold and 32 nestlings to rain...Still, we flip crickets or put them on porches or whatever they need because we flat love them and want them in o...
by dhjohnson
Thu Jun 09, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ALL WELL IN FOMBELL
Replies: 4
Views: 1341

Re: ALL WELL IN FOMBELL

Great report Doug, Glad to hear your colony with your superior support weathered the cold, rainy weather. We are doing okay this year. 100% occupancy, 58 gourds with 58 pair. We did lose 32 young to the cold, wet extended weather event . Offered crickets but there were no takers. We have 191 current...
by dhjohnson
Wed May 25, 2016 6:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 1164

Re: First Eggs

Good Deal Toy,

You take special care of your colony. They appreciate it of course. It is tough and not to be underestimated. I appreciate your detailed descriptions and your passion for your birds!

Wishing you a great and deserved successful season!
Debbie
by dhjohnson
Sat May 21, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: VISIT A PURPLE MARTIN SUPERCOLONY!
Replies: 13
Views: 4171

Re: VISIT A PURPLE MARTIN SUPERCOLONY!

You know I am in Kathy!
Such a beautiful setting...way way off the road! Quiet, martins galore!
What's not to love! Plus you can talk with fellow martineers and share practices, gourd modifications, talk about predator protection, etc! It is definately worth the trip!
Hope to see you there! :P
by dhjohnson
Wed May 18, 2016 10:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gobbler T, You hanging in there?
Replies: 4
Views: 1139

Gobbler T, You hanging in there?

Tony,
You have been to quiet this year! How are you doing and did you get returning martins this year?
:shock:
by dhjohnson
Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: This Means War!!
Replies: 34
Views: 6714

Re: This Means War!!

Hi Rodger, Yes we do seem to have smaller starlings in NC! Please consider a repeating trap, troyer inspired! We have already caught 35 since January 1st this year. 10, this week! Our smaller starlings pushed us to mostly excluder 2 entrances. The martins are enjoying less starling pressure this yea...
by dhjohnson
Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd patch is mulched and ready!
Replies: 7
Views: 1956

Re: Gourd patch is mulched and ready!

Good Luck Sharon,
To try is to be!
Have a great season! Let us know if the gourds are successful! :)
by dhjohnson
Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: American Kestrel
Replies: 9
Views: 2102

Re: American Kestrel

This is the hardest lesson for us all. Nature and survival of the fitest. We modify, build cages, invent new deeper entrances, use air horns and whatever comes to hand. My husband always reminds me if you have something, you can lose it! We strive to protect the nests, but we cannot control their en...
by dhjohnson
Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Martin in Fombell
Replies: 8
Views: 1815

Re: First Martin in Fombell

Great News Doug,
So glad you can finally enjoy them again!
Have a great and fruitful 2016 season!
Debbie
by dhjohnson
Sat Mar 05, 2016 5:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Re: Gourds with 45% tunnels
Replies: 5
Views: 1599

Re: Gourds with 45% tunnels

Hi Cranzy,
Those gourds look great! The martins will use them no problem! We use several ourselves...all are taken each year...great protection!
Great job!
Debbie
by dhjohnson
Sat Mar 05, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Arrival - Licking, MO
Replies: 19
Views: 4394

Re: Purple Martin Arrival - Licking, MO

Congratulations Kathy,
Have a great season! They are trending early this year! Folks need to be ready as our weather is unpredictable as usual!
Keep us posted!
Debbie
by dhjohnson
Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Birds surviving the cold and unpredictable weather ?
Replies: 2
Views: 856

Re: Birds surviving the cold and unpredictable weather ?

Hi MichaelH, I can't speak for Mr. dickinson but I can speak from my own experiences. We have had martins arrivw way early with mornings below freezing and afternoons in the mid 30's. The martins do okay for a few days. After that you must be in a position to supplemental feed or lose your birds. Ca...
by dhjohnson
Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Troyer Gourds Cracking
Replies: 13
Views: 3367

Re: Troyer Gourds Cracking

Hi James, Love reading about your growing colony! We have Troyer Horizontals and verticals on our racks for 4 years with zero cracking, splitting or other issues. Our only complaint has been moisture wicking in causing mildew and some wet nests leading to mites and mildew. No structural issues. Last...
by dhjohnson
Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Last report on number of martins
Replies: 4
Views: 1476

Re: Last report on number of martins

Oh Emil,
Didn't see your scout report this year. Wishing you a very successful 2016 martin season!