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by Mhoover
Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Help with dead adult martin, 3 live babies
Replies: 8
Views: 2162

Re: Help with dead adult martin, 3 live babies

It sounds like the female is well on her way to taking care of the 3 chicks. Sort of keep an eye on her just in case something might happen to her.
by Mhoover
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trying to start colony
Replies: 8
Views: 1613

Re: Trying to start colony

I had a SY pair start nest building on July 8 last year. They stayed and fledged 4 healthy chicks on Aug 25 so it is possible.
by Mhoover
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Year Flop
Replies: 1
Views: 577

Re: First Year Flop

Knowing where you are greatly increases your chances for attracting some martins next year as long as the housing is in a good location. You can learn what the martins think of your location if the migrating martins bring their fledglings in to have a look. Good luck next year.
by Mhoover
Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 34 Years Trying
Replies: 6
Views: 1240

Re: 34 Years Trying

It is primarily the house wrens that do the damage to BB and Tree Swallow nests. I have never had any problem with the Carolina wrens. I ended up placing a nest box for the house wrens over a hundred feet from my martin racks and facing away from the racks and that has stopped the house wrens from b...
by Mhoover
Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Opinion on site plans/gourd rack options
Replies: 32
Views: 4451

Re: Opinion on site plans/gourd rack options

What about moving it straight west closer to the creek? How far can you go in that direction?
by Mhoover
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Finally getting some activity at my place.
Replies: 3
Views: 972

Re: Finally getting some activity at my place.

I have had a SY pair start building a nest after the first of July so don't give up hope. It can still happen to you.
by Mhoover
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree swallow pests
Replies: 16
Views: 3029

Re: Tree swallow pests

Keep removing the tree swallow nests so that they will be forced to accept the cavity that you have for them. Do not let them get attached to your PM housing.
by Mhoover
Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sub Adult Female Question
Replies: 6
Views: 1063

Re: Sub Adult Female Question

It is normally the guys that are out searching for the gals. She probably has no idea on attracting a mate other than letting them know that she is there. Staying at your location is a good indication that she wants to nest there and there is still enough time for her to find a guy. Waiting for thin...
by Mhoover
Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New birds in June
Replies: 4
Views: 893

Re: New birds in June

There is a good chance that someone nearby lost his martin housing due to the storms that visited Kentucky last week. Your martins may have come from a colony that lost housing.
by Mhoover
Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What bug chases the martins?
Replies: 9
Views: 1435

Re: What bug chases the martins?

Have you checked your cavities to see if you might have a paper wasp nest in one? I had something similar happen last year and found a wasp nest in one of my gourds. There were probably thirty wasps in the nest when I found it.
by Mhoover
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: s&k multi gourd rack 12?
Replies: 23
Views: 4624

Re: s&k multi gourd rack 12?

The S&K 2inch square pole is 11 gauge verses 16 gauge for the 1.9 inch round pole. The lower the gauge number the thick the steel so it appears that the 2 inch square pole should be stronger than the 1.9 inch round pole.
by Mhoover
Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SY nest looks strange (to me)
Replies: 14
Views: 2743

Re: SY nest looks strange (to me)

Even adult females will sometimes use just dried leaved to provide a floor in their nests. I had two do that last year.
by Mhoover
Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Super Gourds
Replies: 3
Views: 858

Re: Super Gourds

Go ahead and hang them. Any additional attraction to a site is beneficial. It will also allow the fledglings from this year to get a look at what is available for next year at your place.
by Mhoover
Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Sub Adult Female Question
Replies: 6
Views: 1063

Re: Sub Adult Female Question

The chances having a nesting pair are very good if you have a SY-F committed to your site. She will be able to attract either a SY-M or an ASY-M since it appears that there are always more males than females among the martins.
by Mhoover
Wed May 31, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How long do they try
Replies: 11
Views: 1952

Re: How long do they try

You might try making things a little dirty as if some of the cavities had been used previously. A little mud spread around the entrance holes as if martins left it behind when they passed through the entrances could help. Taxidermy Lady used a fake nest in one of her cavities in order to make the vi...
by Mhoover
Wed May 31, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How long do they try
Replies: 11
Views: 1952

Re: How long do they try

That is normal. They are communal nesters and if a male is unable to attract a mate at a location then they will look for an existing colony where they will have a better chance of finding a mate. My first SY male stayed around for almost three weeks before he gave up and left. A SY pair has not est...
by Mhoover
Tue May 30, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd Pole Bending - Need Alternate Recommendation
Replies: 3
Views: 993

Re: Gourd Pole Bending - Need Alternate Recommendation

Leave it down a few feet to lessen the load on it this season and then after the season if over insert a 10 foot long chain link fence top rail down inside the pole to strengthen it for next year. I did that to both of my 1.9 inch S&K poles last fall after the season was over and it made a big diffe...
by Mhoover
Tue May 30, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: VERY FIRST Nest Check Question - New Colony
Replies: 9
Views: 1941

Re: VERY FIRST Nest Check Question - New Colony

Are you using the S&K 1.9 inch round pole or the triangular aluminum pole?
by Mhoover
Tue May 30, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Adam has finally found he is Eve
Replies: 15
Views: 3106

Re: My Adam has finally found he is Eve

JHCox There were no SREH entrances at the few colonies that I spotted in my area when I began trying to establish a colony. Every location that I was able to spot during multiple hours of driving on every road that I could find within a 10 mile radius only brought up five locations that had martins ...
by Mhoover
Tue May 30, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 22
Views: 4046

Re: Newbie

It could be any time if there is more than just a nest bowl in the cavity. I have at last nest check 4 eggs in a gourd that does not have any green leaves in it. None of the nests last year had any green leaves in them either. They all had dried Oak leaves in them.

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