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by gray fox
Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What's your Starling and Sparrow situation this year?
Replies: 30
Views: 5184

Re: What's your Starling and Sparrow situation this year?

traps in barn. I tried bluebird nest box trap. Mice traps and mice glue. Thankful for any other suggestions?
by gray fox
Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What's your Starling and Sparrow situation this year?
Replies: 30
Views: 5184

Re: What's your Starling and Sparrow situation this year?

how can I catch more male house sparrows? I can't use a gun in my area.
by gray fox
Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: martin hogs
Replies: 16
Views: 3679

martin hogs

Whats the definition of a martin hog. Or is there such a thing? It would be better if 100 pairs of martins were divided among 4 people than 1 person having all. Not enough interested martin landlords out there to be ideal like this.
by gray fox
Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: painting natural gourds
Replies: 1
Views: 525

painting natural gourds

The paint I put on gourds doesn't last long enough. By not painting gourds they will get to hot in summer so thats not a good idea.
A ny suggestions ?
by gray fox
Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Barn Owls
Replies: 7
Views: 4421

Re: Barn Owls

I think the great horned owl is the one that you have to look out for. The longer tunneled gourds available today seem to protect martins from owls. I have been trying to get barn owls to nest in our barn. The great horned owl will kill barn owls just like they attack martins. Heck Ive heard they ca...
by gray fox
Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: pine needles
Replies: 7
Views: 1509

Re: pine needles

I have been using straw from the barn for my martin bedding.It seems to be working I try to make sure it stays dry. Pine needles probably wouldn't hold water as much.
by gray fox
Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: natural gourds
Replies: 4
Views: 1028

Re: natural gourds

do you also glue inside the tunnel?
by gray fox
Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: super gourd
Replies: 4
Views: 1135

Re: super gourd

I put adapter plate with troyer tunnel on my super gourds. The surface inside is slippery . It sounds like it needs to be full to hole for a young martin to get out.Adult martins probably wouldn't have trouble getting out .Ive never used this type of gourd . I have horizontal gourd with rubber mat f...
by gray fox
Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: super gourd
Replies: 4
Views: 1135

Re: super gourd

So if I don't fill with nesting material to hole entrance they might not be able to get out.
by gray fox
Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: super gourd
Replies: 4
Views: 1135

super gourd

Theres no rubber ramp exit in this gourd for young martins like the horizontal gourds. Will they be able to exit alright?
by gray fox
Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: natural gourds
Replies: 4
Views: 1028

natural gourds

I got extension tunnels for my natural gourds.Will any type of chaulking work to glue tunnel? I have 13 natural gourds that are in good shape. I would like to see if they will work. Im hoping they will be comparable to my other gourds.
by gray fox
Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 24 gourd rack system
Replies: 6
Views: 1665

24 gourd rack system

I have 4 gourds on pole I lay on saw horse. Since I have had martins the past 2 years Im considering going bigger. I don't want to get to big? Also are these racks easy to take down at end of year? I saw a 18 rack at a amish farm.They don't have martins yet.In other words I don't have anything to co...
by gray fox
Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: best time of year to trap house sparrows?
Replies: 14
Views: 3888

Re: best time of year too trap house sparrows?

Gary
Im using starling resistant entrance gourds.They won't help if a h.s. goes on a killing spree.Im trying to solve the problem before it gets steamrolling .Thanks for your information.

gray fox
by gray fox
Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: best time of year to trap house sparrows?
Replies: 14
Views: 3888

Re: best time of year too trap house sparrows?

Gary I don't have a spar o door trap not sure what one looks like. Im using what looks some what like a minnow trap and the blaine trap. I haven't been able to stop the sparrows from killing bluebirds outside the barn near the martins. They will end up getting the eggs or young martins on the nest. ...
by gray fox
Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: best time of year to trap house sparrows?
Replies: 14
Views: 3888

Re: best time of year too trap house sparrows?

Late winter and early spring is time line I heard .The house sparrows are probably interested more in food than nesting at this time.Ive found out the adults are pretty smart.A bird starving would fall for baited trap easier.
by gray fox
Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: best time of year to trap house sparrows?
Replies: 14
Views: 3888

best time of year to trap house sparrows?

I stopped trapping h.s. after the martins left. I was going to put traps out in November. The hs will come more readily to baited traps at this time when theres less available food.Thats my thinking.I caught more young hs in traps than older ones this summer.
by gray fox
Wed Aug 10, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: no horizontal gourds
Replies: 4
Views: 1322

Re: no horizontal gourds

I have 2 super gourds and 10 natural gourds.On page 6 of 2016 catalog they said the tunnel
will fit any gourd? How would these compare to the horizontal gourds? They aren't quite as deep.
by gray fox
Tue Aug 09, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: no horizontal gourds
Replies: 4
Views: 1322

no horizontal gourds

The 2016 catalog doesn't have horizontal gourds .Did thy go to vertical gourd only in the troyer gourd with the conley 2 entrance? I guess the horizontal would have same effect.
by gray fox
Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: no martins after 28 years
Replies: 3
Views: 943

no martins after 28 years

In second year 1 mile up road from me I had 12 martins fledge.I completed 28 years without martins here at home. I thought Id put everything up there next year and forget about here at home. Its baffling I can't get martins here.I tried everything I know of.Its great to get martins up on next farm a...
by gray fox
Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: whats right approach?
Replies: 3
Views: 702

whats right approach?

Soon as martins left nest I pulled out nesting material?

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