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by ron20m
Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: thoughts and questions on sparrow trapping
Replies: 2
Views: 1379

caught male and immediately reset trap but female never came back
by ron20m
Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: something I've noticed with these storms in OK
Replies: 1
Views: 1017

something I've noticed with these storms in OK

I used to have two trio houses and recently converted to three gourd racks, two gemini with Bo 11s and a 2 inch pole with troyer horizontals. In the past a hard rain with some wind(every rain in oklahoma in reality) would completely soak the nests in trio houses. This week we had more than one night...
by ron20m
Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: nest change question.
Replies: 0
Views: 1551

nest change question.

If I'm out of pocket for a week and have some babies that are say 6-8 days old, would I be better off to do a nest change at the 6-8 days or wait until I'm back and do them at 15 days. I've always been amazed at how I can check a nest at 8 days and see no evidence of mites then not change nest till ...
by ron20m
Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: thoughts and questions on sparrow trapping
Replies: 2
Views: 1379

thoughts and questions on sparrow trapping

I have 146 eggs/new babies and about 4 sparrow nests. Someone suggested leaving ladder by gourd and plugging hole after dark and taking down gourd in am. Worked like a charm but only female was in box. Now I fear with female gone male might go on a killing spree. Any thoughts? Also have the tunnel t...
by ron20m
Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs on floor of Troyer Gourd
Replies: 2
Views: 1435

I'm really worried about hot and cold temp variations. seems like the nesting material is insulation against extremes. Prob a 2nd year pair?
by ron20m
Sat Jun 01, 2013 1:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Eggs on floor of Troyer Gourd
Replies: 2
Views: 1435

Eggs on floor of Troyer Gourd

I noticed two nests have eggs directly on the bottom of the gourd with no extra nesting material other than the small amount of wheat straw that I placed. The material has been shaped and pushed aside with the eggs on bottom of gourd.
Should I be concerned and put a couple leaves underneath?
by ron20m
Sat Jun 01, 2013 1:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: all three houses standing
Replies: 5
Views: 2105

Checked nests this am and all babies alive! Nests were not that wet. Bo11's and Troyer Hriz gourds surprisingly dry
by ron20m
Fri May 31, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: all three houses standing
Replies: 5
Views: 2105

all three houses standing

Got hit with bad storm, wind 70-90s on TV. had houses lowered and all three standing. just starting to hatch babies. Fear death from hypothermia.
Bad form to change a wet nest of a 2 day old baby?
by ron20m
Wed May 22, 2013 3:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need help Sparrow trapping questinos
Replies: 5
Views: 1654

Also was checking sparrow nest gourd in light rain and caught the male by hand! Started wondering about dragging a ladder out at night and nabbing the sparrows. Any thoughts? I've seen people say NEVER lower a martin house at night
Ladder noise might scare them I guess
by ron20m
Wed May 22, 2013 3:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need help Sparrow trapping questinos
Replies: 5
Views: 1654

Would love to but live in the berbs. Against the law. kids all around and want to stay friendly with the neighbors.
by ron20m
Tue May 21, 2013 10:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Any encouragement left for we new comers?
Replies: 12
Views: 2855

Really just 17 years ago now that I think about it
by ron20m
Tue May 21, 2013 10:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Any encouragement left for we new comers?
Replies: 12
Views: 2855

I swear by the daytime chatter CD. 20 years ago I had one house and 4 martins one year but construction ran them off. Next year none were coming around. Was about to give up next year when thought I'd play daytime chatter. Dragged extension cord to house and set up a "booombox" and hit play. I was w...
by ron20m
Tue May 21, 2013 10:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bo11 vent entrapment
Replies: 6
Views: 1499

Maybe owl or hawk attack at entrance?
by ron20m
Tue May 21, 2013 9:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling question
Replies: 6
Views: 1861

I have 72 gourds with SREH and a ton of starling pressure. Occasionally the starlings will build in my troyer horizontal and the make a tunnel trap that works every time on a starling. Early in year starlings look like they are flapping wings and tryimg to dominate housing but the martins seem to ig...
by ron20m
Tue May 21, 2013 9:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A few shots of my first pair
Replies: 25
Views: 8765

So exciting. Great pics. whats your camera set up?
by ron20m
Tue May 21, 2013 9:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need help Sparrow trapping questinos
Replies: 5
Views: 1654

Need help Sparrow trapping questinos

Have troyer hrizon and Bo-11s. Sparrows greatly prefer the Bos. trapping easy in horiz. Ordered trap tunnel for Bo 11 but not having a lot of luck. Have adapted the wire by adding piece of cardboard and narrowing tunnel. Had a couple successful trap but more where wire would actually get pushed out ...
by ron20m
Sun May 12, 2013 9:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins on ground?
Replies: 9
Views: 2628

Martins on ground?

I've had a colony here for 18 years starting with one house now expanded to 3. I have never seen so many birds landing on the ground as there are this morning. Not more than 5 at a time but dozens are landing on ground. Nest material?
by ron20m
Sat May 11, 2013 6:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: question about oyster shells
Replies: 2
Views: 1539

thanks
by ron20m
Sat May 11, 2013 5:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: question about oyster shells
Replies: 2
Views: 1539

question about oyster shells

I bought some crushed oyster shells at feed store. some chunks look huge. Should I crush them up more? What is an appropriate size
by ron20m
Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Indiana - Lower your Gourd Racks
Replies: 6
Views: 2111

I went for 10 years without lowering and no problems until I lost 2 poles last year. Was a surprise last year and I was at work so wasn't able to lower.
Birds def do not seem to care at all so now I lower them all the time.
Good precaution