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by flyin-lowe
Thu May 14, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mites
Replies: 12
Views: 459

Re: Mites

What I have had good luck with is putting the Sevin dust under the nest the day before the eggs are do to start hatching.As long as the nest stay dry it will be effective long enough to keep the mites at bay until the young fledge.
by flyin-lowe
Wed May 13, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update Male Martin:
Replies: 1
Views: 124

Re: Update Male Martin:

Good news that he's still alive, temps were fine today in Indiana to feed and it looks like the cold snap is finally over.
by flyin-lowe
Tue May 12, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold/Cool weather questions.
Replies: 30
Views: 898

Re: Cold/Cool weather questions.

I am positive the birds I had were not migrating. They have been here for several weeks and my first initial nest check last week revealed 21 full nests with green leaves, etc. and 15 additional nests that were partials, some of which I think were duplicates. I also don't think my weather has been a...
by flyin-lowe
Tue May 12, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold/Cool weather questions.
Replies: 30
Views: 898

Re: Cold/Cool weather questions.

Still not sure what is going on around here but I feel like I have lost a big portion of my colony. Again the temps are not to the point where I think it killed any of them. And I have no dead martins around anywhere. Overnight temps have still been dropping to mid to high 30's over night but day ti...
by flyin-lowe
Mon May 11, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold/Cool weather questions.
Replies: 30
Views: 898

Cold/Cool weather questions.

I am curious from those who know, what kind of overnight low temps can they handle and at what point do they start communal roosting etc? I have observed some strange behavior at my colony the last few days. Friday, everything was perfectly normal. I have approximately 20-30 ASY pair currently. Over...
by flyin-lowe
Sun May 10, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Update on my site
Replies: 1
Views: 134

Re: Update on my site

If you are not opposed to using Seven dust (some do some don't), now is a good time to apply it. Every year I apply a small amount under the front of each nest the day before my first eggs are due to hatch. In my area it keeps the mites away long enough for them to fledge. Doing it now also means yo...
by flyin-lowe
Sun May 10, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cricket questions
Replies: 6
Views: 184

Re: Cricket questions

I've not heard of martins taking flipped food for their first time ever unless they need it. I'm not too far north of you (just east of Indy) and I don't think our weather will be bad enough this week for them to need food. If you try, ,the only thing you will be out is a few dollars worth of cricke...
by flyin-lowe
Fri May 08, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 4th Year Trying
Replies: 10
Views: 392

Re: 4th Year Trying

An overhead view from Google earth will indeed help. Martins like to be near human housing because they find safety in the human activity in the area. They like open flyways to help them drop down and take off to fly. Unless you have trees very close on all sides I'm guessing somewhere away from the...
by flyin-lowe
Fri May 08, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cold Weather Feeding ??
Replies: 5
Views: 246

Re: Cold Weather Feeding ??

Bill I have seen them feeding in temps in the low 40's if the sun is out. Also assuming they are healthy and have been feeding as normal since their return it usually takes about 3 days of no feeding before they start to perish. Hopefully there are times over the next couple days where the sun comes...
by flyin-lowe
Fri May 08, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourds under house
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: Gourds under house

I was just looking at S&K's web site. It looks like they have a newer version of the barn house that has 6x9 inch cavities. 12 inch deep cavities provide a little more protection but 9" deep is an improvement. If your house has the 9" deep cavities it might not be designed to modify, if you have one...
by flyin-lowe
Thu May 07, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New House
Replies: 3
Views: 210

Re: New House

As deabcamp said first and foremost find the most open spot on you property that is not too far from human activity but the further from trees the better. Let us know what make/model of house you have. Many of the ones available at the local retail stores only have 6 inch deep cavities but can be mo...
by flyin-lowe
Thu May 07, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brand New and Learning - Home Question
Replies: 10
Views: 321

Re: Brand New and Learning - Home Question

If they are still in the area and sticking around it won't hurt to turn off the dawnsong. The martins will do a better job at recruiting new martins to your site then the recording will. If have seen martins appear to become annoyed/ confused by the recording and focus their attention toward the pla...
by flyin-lowe
Wed May 06, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brand New and Learning - Home Question
Replies: 10
Views: 321

Re: Brand New and Learning - Home Question

If you have heard the dawn song or vocalization of martins from youtube videos then you probably have the ID correct. Their vocalizations is very distinct. I have a mockingbird that mimics them but other then that I've never heard their song mistaken for another bird.
by flyin-lowe
Wed May 06, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brand New and Learning - Home Question
Replies: 10
Views: 321

Re: Brand New and Learning - Home Question

Dave, you hit the submit button quicker than I did :grin:
by flyin-lowe
Wed May 06, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brand New and Learning - Home Question
Replies: 10
Views: 321

Re: Brand New and Learning - Home Question

If you have martins, it is not uncommon for them to wait a couple weeks after they arrive before they start nest building. My first martins arrived the last week of March and just started really nest building the last couple weeks. When you describe the "white breast" is it really snow white with no...
by flyin-lowe
Tue May 05, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Roosting
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Re: Roosting

Early in the season it is not uncommon to have an odd number. The first week or so I had about 10 males and only 2 females. The females have started moving in. You never know which ones didn't survive the migration last year so there is no guarantee you will have an even number early on. Usually any...
by flyin-lowe
Tue May 05, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins
Replies: 6
Views: 309

Re: Martins

I don't think you will hurt anything by putting the pole back up this time of year. TS swallows are not near as picky as martins can be. If it were me I would buy some cheaper gourds for the tree swallows and save the troyer gourds for your martins. That's just me though.
by flyin-lowe
Tue May 05, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Cen Tex Martin Ranch Report
Replies: 1
Views: 110

Re: Cen Tex Martin Ranch Report

Do you have any pics of your colony posted or would you mind posting some? I love seeing the large colonies.
by flyin-lowe
Tue May 05, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: On the board for 2020
Replies: 7
Views: 354

Re: On the board for 2020

This past week the martins started nest building like crazy. I saw a lot of them bringing in green leaves, last year my first eggs were laid on May 21'st so they appear to be a little ahead of schedule still this year. I decided to lower the housing and do my first nest check of the year. I currentl...