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by Chris Brown
Sat Dec 27, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Paint or no paint?
Replies: 5
Views: 2332

Think about this from the birds point of view. Even thought they now nest in man made housing they still have thousands of years of genetic programming to nest it deep dark tree cavities. So natural wood it what they like on the inside. I all so believe they are way my sensitive to chemicals then we...
by Chris Brown
Thu May 08, 2014 10:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Scout report
Replies: 1
Views: 943

Scout report

A scout report was submitted for Grande Prairie AB on Apr 30. I live in that area and am very interested in starting a colony. The nearest colony I know of is 100 miles away at High Prairie. Is there any way to get her contact information or give her mine and request she contact me. Any help would b...
by Chris Brown
Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Treeswallows
Replies: 5
Views: 1884

Treeswallows

Who comes back first martins or treeswallows? I see central alberta filling up with martins but have not seen any treeswallows in the north yet.
by Chris Brown
Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trail Cams
Replies: 2
Views: 1028

I know several people that use these cameras for hunting and security. They get amazing pictures day and night. You can get just about anything you want depending on how much you want to spend. If you have good cell coverage at your site you can even have the camera text you the pictures at they are...
by Chris Brown
Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is this worth fixing?
Replies: 26
Views: 7196

I would like to see what the boys on American restoration could do with this house.
by Chris Brown
Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Saturday is moving day! Here they come!
Replies: 5
Views: 1180

I just have to chime in hear. I always get a kick out of you southerners talking about the long cold winters. Up here in northern Alberta the snow will start falling mid October and stay until mid April. Amazingly the martins show up right behind the snow and stay. Please keep up the reports and sco...
by Chris Brown
Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Electric fence charger
Replies: 24
Views: 7127

When we use an elactric fencer for cattle we just drive the ground rod in right beside the charger. The hot wires can run a couple miles and you get a good jolt any where on the fence. So at the garage by the charger should work and be convinient. From what I have heard is for snakes you have to run...
by Chris Brown
Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Landlord Chances "doubled"!
Replies: 15
Views: 5267

Treeswallow and blue bird boxes on the cheep. If you want to set up some boxes with out spending too much money google treeswallow nest box protects. I have 50 of there long point boxes out for treeswallows and have 99% occupancy. They also give good descriptions of poles and mounting options. I use...
by Chris Brown
Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice on what to do with martins when house is for sale
Replies: 19
Views: 5854

Owning lots of rental properties and having bought and sold many times. I would wright on a clause allowing the colony to stay until the end of the nesting season. Then giving you permission to enter the property to manage and retrieve the houses at the end of the season. (Put in the clause that you...
by Chris Brown
Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has anyone set up a nbt in a very sparrow infested area.
Replies: 3
Views: 1443

Has anyone set up a nbt in a very sparrow infested area.

I have been getting driven crazy by sparrows every time I drop my kids off a school. There is a back yard there that they are feeding cheap bird seed and I see hundreds of sparrows on a regular basis. Now I trap them at my house but I live in a new subdivision with no old buildings or sheds. So ther...
by Chris Brown
Sun Jan 26, 2014 2:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Concrete, gravel, both?
Replies: 17
Views: 9070

I will take some pictures when it tamp in the posts and through out the summer. In the fall once I see how wind has affected things I will post a report with pictures.
by Chris Brown
Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Concrete, gravel, both?
Replies: 17
Views: 9070

I'm putting up two North Star houses this spring and was planning on concreting them in. We have very heavy clay soil in the area and desiccation cracks open up when it is dry. They can run as much as ten feet deep and two inches wide. After talking to my mentor he recommended drilling three foot de...
by Chris Brown
Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: WV weather high of 36° for the next 10 days
Replies: 3
Views: 1332

I know exactly how you feel I have everything lined up to get my first house put up here in northern Alberta. I have to wait until May for the ground to dry up enough to get into the field and drill. If you are impatient to see some results and want to have some nests to show your girls. Google tree...
by Chris Brown
Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Communal roosting
Replies: 1
Views: 652

If you are going to try it I would suggest a heating mat for germinating seeds. They are water proof so there for fairly safe. When I use mine for seed germination I use a thermometer and place the seed trays on top of layers of card board until I get the desired temperature. If you built a dedicate...
by Chris Brown
Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Using foster parents to expand the purple martins range.
Replies: 4
Views: 1571

Using foster parents to expand the purple martins range.

This is an idea I came up with and wanted to see what people think and if it has ever been tried. Ok we are going to have at assume that all the nesasary permits are in place. Step one establish a tree swallow grid with single compartment Martin houses or girds. Step two take the tree swallow eggs f...
by Chris Brown
Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Homemade Bed & Breakfast
Replies: 1
Views: 842

Google Alberta Purple Martins and it will lead you to a web site with all the information you ever wanted on suplimental feeding of martins. If you are handy there is enough information to build your own feeder.
by Chris Brown
Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nearby Golf Course "colony"
Replies: 9
Views: 3423

Hi Avesrun I'm a little new to martins more like a collage grade more education then experience. Sounds like you are in a great area and will get the formula right. I feel it important that you remember one thing. You won't get martins if you don't keep your house/gourds 100% house sparrow free. Do ...
by Chris Brown
Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Let me introduce myself
Replies: 15
Views: 5051

West Coast House

On the west coast they are fighting an up hill battle and do things a little different then we do in the east. They build single unit houses and hang them in groups of three to twelve. They hang them on of shore or over water to try to keep starlings at bay. Bob's bungalows are prety much the same t...
by Chris Brown
Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Let me introduce myself
Replies: 15
Views: 5051

Let me introduce myself

I’m new to the forum and an amateur / beginner to purple matins. My history with martins goes like this back in junior high I built and installed an old style fixed pole house with 6” x 6” compartments. Martins checked it out several times including some asy males. It was infested with sparrows so n...