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by C.C.Martins
Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 4 ASY males today
Replies: 4
Views: 1629

4 ASY males today

4 ASY males arrived around 545pm today. Very vocal, seemed happy to find everything in order...funny thing, i opened the house cavities around 330pm. 3 selected cavities, went right in, spending the night. No drooping wings, seemed fine. One came down and inspected a gourd but took off. wish all a g...
by C.C.Martins
Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mortally rate
Replies: 8
Views: 1983

Re: Mortally rate

The mortality rate is high after they fledge...60% or something like that. Id definitely vent your gourds, good plan. In fact keeping the vents open all the time isnt bad, just ensure they are oriented down to keep out water. Iv vented the gourd caps too, not entirely necessary...those i keep plugge...
by C.C.Martins
Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: finally a scout
Replies: 3
Views: 1442

Re: finally a scout

Great news! Yes, thats a good sign...hope he recruits many more for you and stays.
Tom
by C.C.Martins
Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Using decoys
Replies: 4
Views: 934

Re: Using decoys

Brent, If you are worried about the hawks coming in and focusing on the decoys and martins on the system, you can put a few on poles around your yard, but you will have to move them from time to time. Same thing with the decoys on the system, one land lord affixed their decoy to a hose clamp end so ...
by C.C.Martins
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The winds are favorable for Texas but...
Replies: 6
Views: 1069

Re: The winds are favorable for Texas but...

Coolwhips, good site! I live on that one.
by C.C.Martins
Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The winds are favorable for Texas but...
Replies: 6
Views: 1069

Re: The winds are favorable for Texas but...

Sharon, Im with you and im sure most martin LLs are as well. This is the time of year we worry about the early arrivals, all last week i was hoping to see them. I hope they stay on track...should be another week and a half for me. Way too cold for my liking no snow or freeze but its cold. I think he...
by C.C.Martins
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: As the birds are returning...
Replies: 2
Views: 322

Re: As the birds are returning...

Brent, from what iv seen...it depends! Last year i had a pair of dominant ASYs that i believed to be the older pair that nested in a compartment in the house year before. I believe they were the first pair i atttacted. They came back and went right to that compartment last year, but soon selected a ...
by C.C.Martins
Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Introduction: New Member From NE Louisiana
Replies: 17
Views: 794

Re: Introduction: New Member From NE Louisiana

Welcome! well like whippy said you could very well be a first year landlord. the birds coming in now are the first few drops of the flood, so there's time. Good luck to you!
Tom
by C.C.Martins
Fri Jan 31, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First Arrival
Replies: 4
Views: 428

Re: First Arrival

Thats great, they made it. Its got to be a relief! That long wait is over! Congrats, hope 2020 is very good.
by C.C.Martins
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins 1/28/2020
Replies: 7
Views: 652

Re: Martins 1/28/2020

Man that looks good, congrats! I love the close up shot. They look healthy, no drooping wings.
by C.C.Martins
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?
Replies: 32
Views: 4724

Re: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?

Susan,
Trio castle is attractive and quality. But its huge! And heavy. Id look right here on the website...look under shop and martin house systems. I have the trio mini castle, more manageable. While that house on etsy is attractive, id shy from it.
Just a thought.
by C.C.Martins
Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Adding 2.5 Inch round soffit vents to gourds
Replies: 3
Views: 340

Re: Adding 2.5 Inch round soffit vents to gourds

Dave thanks these are a fantastic idea. Last year the chicks were huddled in the back gasping for air. 105 heat index. Opened these vents and much relief. Its a useful tool to manage them! Hope other landlords use them. Starlings...yes. i bought a winchester scope 3x40... The sreh keeps them at bay ...
by C.C.Martins
Wed Jan 29, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Adding 2.5 Inch round soffit vents to gourds
Replies: 3
Views: 340

Re: Adding 2.5 Inch round soffit vents to gourds

They are nice, i think kyler turned me onto them. I use them on a trio mini castle. Lots of ways to secure them when not needed. I used black duct tape last year but drew starlings like a magnet. Painted them white and cut foam to place inside this year. Ill open them up when heat index reaches 100 ...
by C.C.Martins
Wed Jan 29, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?
Replies: 32
Views: 4724

Re: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?

Susan, You are in the right place for help, we all help one another in the care of martins especially the new folks. Toy has been a resourse for me too. I liked David's suggestion of leaving the old house up and placing another nearby. Helps to keep down wear and tear on the body and another house n...
by C.C.Martins
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Finished putting up my acquired Trio
Replies: 19
Views: 918

Re: Finished putting up my acquired Trio

Whippy,
That looks real good. They will like the perching rods. Pretty house, nice set up. If the martins aren't in your area now Id be surprised. Eyes to the sky!
Tom
by C.C.Martins
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match
Replies: 15
Views: 725

Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

Dean, i think we all are the same. Martins are a day or two late, we stress. They show up and take off for a few days we stress. They balk at SREH we stress!
Davids got a good idea take a piece to lowes and drive the paint department nuts matching it.
by C.C.Martins
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match
Replies: 15
Views: 725

Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

Wasnt too familiar with a duracraft, had to look it up ☺ Looks like a heath house? I wouldnt worry too much about matching the paint to an exact spec. Martins wont mind. Close is good enough, but you have to live with the looks! Sounds like a complete re-do, why not paint the walls and roof white? H...
by C.C.Martins
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Far Away Should Martin Housing Be From Power Lines?
Replies: 9
Views: 867

Re: How Far Away Should Martin Housing Be From Power Lines?

Yep they like them a lot, its not a worry.
by C.C.Martins
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My martins are here!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1257

Re: My martins are here!!

Good news, im sure they are as excited to be home as you are to see them! Enjoy the season, wish you success!
Tom
by C.C.Martins
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New Member Introduction
Replies: 14
Views: 4046

Re: New Member Introduction

I would say you are hooked like the rest of us. Good picture!