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by Chris B
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I haven't forgotten how to grow gourds
Replies: 33
Views: 9695

Re: I haven't forgotten how to grow gourds

My last crop were all volunteers from the year before, probably from the little runt gourds I leave in there that still make seeds. I didn't fertilize or water, yet I got a bunch more gourds. I think the 11-13" dia make a good size. The birds will add leaves and mud to suit and the bigger gourds can...
by Chris B
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Natural gourd photos...how to make
Replies: 11
Views: 6106

Re: Natural gourd photos...how to make

That looks pretty good. You can make a little water deflector with a bead of caulk - like an little awning - over the entrance. If you do decide to add porches, please use a rod to mount the gourd instead of dangling the gourds. The porch will act as a sail and dump out eggs and babies. S&K sell gou...
by Chris B
Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I haven't forgotten how to grow gourds
Replies: 33
Views: 9695

Re: I haven't forgotten how to grow gourds

The backhoe bucket of chicken poop I put in my garden and the resulting gourds disagree, but still those are nice looking gourds you have. Just like the natural ones I put up, and the birds love them. My 60 gourds are lot of work... you have your hands full.
by Chris B
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I haven't forgotten how to grow gourds
Replies: 33
Views: 9695

Re: I haven't forgotten how to grow gourds

I meant in the previous post - and pass those seeds on. I have sent out seeds to anyone who has requested them with a SASE. Those gourds look very similar... with some of course that you would not keep seeds on.

Could you please post up a pic of examples on each strain of good shapes?
by Chris B
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I haven't forgotten how to grow gourds
Replies: 33
Views: 9695

Re: I haven't forgotten how to grow gourds

Those look pretty good Brad, very similar to the gourds I have. Genetics of the seeds are everything. The guy who developed the seeds I run spent 30 years in selection. I think gourd size is dependent on ferts and early germination Here is how I get paint to stick. Step one is curing the gourds in a...
by Chris B
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nighthawks
Replies: 3
Views: 3493

Re: Nighthawks

That's right, I looked them up and didn't realize that. Almost like the killdeer, laying it's eggs on the ground. I have a whole bunch of the kildees around here and the fools lay their eggs on my gravel road. They really like the very shallow areas of the pond on little mounds too. Endangered my a...
by Chris B
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Great Horned And Barred Owls Find Purple Martin Colonies
Replies: 8
Views: 4513

Re: How Great Horned And Barred Owls Find Purple Martin Colonies

Darn raptors (or whatever the claws of death from above are called) are no fun either.

Do lights in the general area help? I know they lights where they roost at. Mine had burned out and I will probably put them back up for next season. Security lights around buildings in the area.
by Chris B
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Forest fires in Brazil's Amazon rain forest
Replies: 19
Views: 8086

Re: Forest fires in Brazil's Amazon rain forest

ALL of us PM fans are environmentalists. Some like me don't buy the MSM media environmental political agenda BS, but watch how many honeybees are on the clover we mow, how the birds and bugs come and go and form our own opinions. So I help the wildlife and I enjoy their presence. Here where I live t...
by Chris B
Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bank Swallows
Replies: 3
Views: 3160

Re: Bank Swallows

So my place is a long strip of N/S grass with a pond or two on about the middle off to one side. I call it a grass airstrip, the birds call it a waystation. Sitting in the PU truck this evening with the dawgs at the north end of the strip for the sunset, I watched HUNDREDS (conservative est) of BS f...
by Chris B
Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Forest fires in Brazil's Amazon rain forest
Replies: 19
Views: 8086

Re: Forest fires in Brazil's Amazon rain forest

I am gonna apologize in advance for this redneck postulate, but what about the trade war with China and our ag products? 540 MILLION acres of rainforest destroyed and naturally fertilized by the burned tree residuals... These people don't play, nd they have a LOT of people tofeed. And BTW, supply wa...
by Chris B
Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bank Swallows
Replies: 3
Views: 3160

Re: Bank Swallows

Edit: shallow end of the pond. BTW, why couldn't I edit my first post?

Eating larvae? Less fish predators (I have big fish) in the shallower water?
by Chris B
Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bank Swallows
Replies: 3
Views: 3160

Bank Swallows

I still have hundreds swarming around the deep end of my pond this evening!!! Anybody here care about these birds and/or know someone who does? I would like to know more about them as theybare my last swallows in the season. Unfortunately they do not seem too concerned about bugs, but those are most...
by Chris B
Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Last Three August Late Purple Martin Broods Have Finally Fledged
Replies: 6
Views: 6111

Re: My Last Three August Late Purple Martin Broods Have Finally Fledged

My "anchor babies" fledged a couple days after I posted. All I get now are visitors passing thru.

Overall a good season and NO MORE death dangling porch gourds!
by Chris B
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Last Three August Late Purple Martin Broods Have Finally Fledged
Replies: 6
Views: 6111

Re: My Last Three August Late Purple Martin Broods Have Finally Fledged

I have 4 racks up in pairs. The rack closer to my front porch still has little noses sticking out of one of the gourds! That pair attracts birds during the day so I suspect a roost in the area. The biggest problem is the bugs are gone except for large dragonflys. I do see a few hollowed out dragonfl...
by Chris B
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: tree swallows
Replies: 5
Views: 3660

Re: tree swallows

My tree swallow boxes are about 4'-5' above the ground. The TS compete with the Bluebirds and TS seem to win out. This year the TS fledged and cleared out rather early. Later in the summer I had hundreds of bank swallows hitting the shallow end of my pond in the mornings and evening. Swallow Hollow
by Chris B
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Here is my set up that has martins thriving in a small residential yard.
Replies: 14
Views: 4005

Re: Here is my set up that has martins thriving in a small residential yard.

Did they populate both boxes or do they prefer one over the other? Those power lines are a plus, mine love them. I have a mating pair of redtail hawks in the woods at the rear of my place. Flying 1/2 mile for a little PM snack is nothing to them. I wish they would pick on the doves, or better yet th...
by Chris B
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A gang of martins?
Replies: 15
Views: 5265

Re: A gang of martins?

Let me add this question... So at my place thee are maybe 250 birds in the civil twilight evening swirling around. I think all have fledged and maybe the older pro's are going for clutch #2. Where do the first round of fledglings hang out at night? Do they stay in the gourd they were raised in, hop...
by Chris B
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Maxed OUT!!
Replies: 13
Views: 8212

Re: Maxed OUT!!

I suppose Brad and I are neighbors although I have never met him. We agree on our PM philosophy though and here the hands-off approach is working. I do have a predator hawk problem and with so many birds that seems to also be in balance. Around here the summertime is also when the grass grows, the p...
by Chris B
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A gang of martins?
Replies: 15
Views: 5265

Re: A gang of martins?

Let me add this question... So at my place thee are maybe 250 birds in the civil twilight evening swirling around. I think all have fledged and maybe the older pro's are going for clutch #2. Where do the first round of fledglings hang out at night? Do they stay in the gourd they were raised in, hop ...
by Chris B
Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A gang of martins?
Replies: 15
Views: 5265

Re: A gang of martins?

Congrats are in order I believe. Looks like you will have birds.

Did you pre-nest so they have a nice place to sleep?

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