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by paule
Fri May 15, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold/Cool weather questions.
Replies: 30
Views: 1068

Re: Cold/Cool weather questions.

Mark, Several individuals explained to me that heating houses would do no good as long as I was supplementary feeding. I felt it would do no harm either and excitedly went ahead with the modifications. With a colony the size I have and being retired I can observe the nuances going on in my colony. I...
by paule
Fri May 15, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold/Cool weather questions.
Replies: 30
Views: 1068

Re: Cold/Cool weather questions.

Sue P
Glad the worst is over for you. Your story really caught my attention. Brought back some memories to me. The Hummers are unique and can do things the martins are not capable of doing. Hummingbirds are capable of dropping their body temperature and overall metabolism overnight.
Paule
by paule
Fri May 15, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mites
Replies: 12
Views: 564

Re: Mites

I put Sevin dust in the cavities prior to the return of my Martins. I like them to be flea and mite free soon after they arrive. Early in the season I can tell which ones are staying the night and which ones have just arrived or are visiting. The new arrivals and visitors are always scratching. As ...
by paule
Wed May 13, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold/Cool weather questions.
Replies: 30
Views: 1068

Re: Cold/Cool weather questions.

I think some sort of heating is a good idea. However the hand warmers are only good for a few hours, even though they say 10 hours. Hot water bottles (if you happen to have 12 or 15 lying around) also cool off. I used a lot of cedar shavings and pine straw, but it didn't seem to matter. It has been...
by paule
Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are Everyone's Martins Doing OK During the Very Late Cold Snap?
Replies: 17
Views: 721

Re: Are Everyone's Martins Doing OK During the Very Late Cold Snap?

Hi Steve, Congratulations on your colony. Keep up the good work! We offer both crickets and eggs both being flipped with a spoon as well as on the feeder. The day it rained the birds went to their cavities wet and the temperature drop had my concern. When we lost our colony it was the hens that peri...
by paule
Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are Everyone's Martins Doing OK During the Very Late Cold Snap?
Replies: 17
Views: 721

Re: Are Everyone's Martins Doing OK During the Very Late Cold Snap?

Easter Sunday In the middle of Iowa we had a high of 43°f. Yesterday and today we had a high of 39° totaling 3 days. Without the magic number of 50° and no large bodies of water around, supplemental feeding is a must. We will not see 50° for another 3 days. Lost our colony years ago with cold rainy ...
by paule
Tue Apr 14, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Easter Rainbow over Martin Houses
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: Easter Rainbow over Martin Houses

Lets try this again.
by paule
Tue Apr 14, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Easter Rainbow over Martin Houses
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: Easter Rainbow over Martin Houses

Here is a picture I took Easter Eve this year with three Purple Martins flying over the rainbow.
by paule
Mon Apr 06, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Lewis Mod
Replies: 36
Views: 1272

Re: The Lewis Mod

I thought I'd post it in a new thread in hopes more people would see this important tool. Brad, Years ago I read about the "Lewis Mod". I can not remember if I first read it here or on the Purple Martin Update. I must say I was skeptical. I had 6 Troyer vertical gourds hanging under a housing compl...
by paule
Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Birds are TUFF
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: Birds are TUFF

In Iowa and tuffer than me! I saw my first ASY male on the porch of a Trio today. He had not triggered the camera due to all the ice. I went out to remove the plugs. This took a long time as the pole on the Trio Grampa had Ice on it that needed to be removed so I could lower the house. As he patient...
by paule
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: He's Really Gonna miss Me !!
Replies: 7
Views: 4181

Re: He's Really Gonna miss Me !!

:| Back to the title of this post, In ALL my landlording years, I've Never had a P.M who would wait for me to dive directly at my face & get closer Every Day, Like this ASY Male P.M who perched on top of pole #1. The last time he did it I could have reached out & grabbed Him ! I've never seen an ope...
by paule
Tue May 07, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Colony Being Destroyed
Replies: 95
Views: 43911

Re: Colony Being Destroyed

I now have four mother birds killed on their nest, totally eaten up stomachs, no idea what’s going on. This is just crazy, all my birds being killed and house is covered in martins. Can’t solve the problem if I don’t know what’s happening. rrmartins I feel your pain and the solutions can be complic...
by paule
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Report in Western PA
Replies: 3
Views: 1114

Re: Report in Western PA

Doug I have had a bird for 5 years that would hover in front of my face and "chortle" upon returning and just hover in my face whenever food was in short supply. That bird probably had more to do with teaching the rest of the flock to feed than I did. Your statement about your hen, "she turned into ...
by paule
Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Alpha Male Has Returned!
Replies: 3
Views: 1288

Alpha Male Has Returned!

At 8:30 this morning I went outside and spotted a Purple Martin sitting on the top bar of a lowered Trio Grampa. I removed the pool noodles from the crescents and raised the house. Went inside to grab crickets and eggs. Back out and started flipping. He would not take any crickets but immediately to...
by paule
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2019 Migration
Replies: 5
Views: 2996

Re: 2019 Migration

Looks like their off and running, to put it in horse racing terms. I just noticed there are to 2 scout reports for Iowa, and 1 is almost clear to I-80. I guess I'll do my best to get my site put together and erected tomorrow. I just new this is what would happen. Our weather is so strange anymore. ...
by paule
Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hand Warmers
Replies: 29
Views: 7720

Re: Hand Warmers

So thankful this is over. Gives me an appreciation of what all you folks up north go through. Sharon Sharon congrats on doing a good job and thank you! Some of those birds could end up at our colony. Many of the birds I supply heat and food for are traveling north of me. I'm no scientist but common...
by paule
Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Better throw another log on the fire.
Replies: 7
Views: 4083

Re: Better throw another log on the fire.

Bob Flam
I found the clip...enjoy. :wink:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_R6qyOM5a8

Paule
by paule
Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Better throw another log on the fire.
Replies: 7
Views: 4083

Re: Better throw another log on the fire.

Bob Flam wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:45 pm


I was wondering if that groundhog saw it's shadow back at the beginning of February :lol: :lol:
I saw on the news they arrested that ground hog and toted it off to jail! :lol:
by paule
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Making a new PM house more inviting - odors?
Replies: 12
Views: 2312

Re: Making a new PM house more inviting - odors?

Hey Birdguy, I tried this back in the day. A pinch of Sevin and installed complete old nest into several cavities. I had a friend do the very same thing last year. I can still remember his call that morning describing how disgusting it was! :shock: Last year he got more visitors but no nesting. Hope...
by paule
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A new twist to supplemental feeding.
Replies: 15
Views: 2338

Re: A new twist to supplemental feeding.

Below picture shows a cold, windy and snowy April 15th 2018. Three birds waiting to be fed. One decoy used mainly as my early warning system and to give Martins a chance to escape from danger above. Ed's comment was interesting to me. As I remember, I didn't have much luck getting the martins to use...