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by Laura Dore
Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Squeaky pole
Replies: 8
Views: 1740

So Dorn County, I'm guessing you don't want to share your idea until you have a patent on it or something? I was wondering since there have been a couple of other suggestions to attach a piece of wood to the bottom of the house, wonder if placing something like book binding material would work as we...
by Laura Dore
Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Squeaky pole
Replies: 8
Views: 1740

Squeaky pole

I have 1Trio house that is on a pulley system. When raising and lowering the house, the squeak it puts out is almost deafening. Any advise on what I can do to remedy that would be greatly appreciated. Last season, I tried spraying the pole with a silicone spray. But I think most of it ended up blowi...
by Laura Dore
Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl guards for gourds
Replies: 10
Views: 3029

Yes John, I HAVE found piles of feathers at the bottom of my housing before. AND, about a month ago, while walking my dog at night, I heard them distinctively as well. So I DO know they are out there. My colony is indeed small (had 8 nesting pairs last year), but of course I hope it will be larger t...
by Laura Dore
Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl guards for gourds
Replies: 10
Views: 3029

That's a definite idea. Too bad there are 3 prongs because I bought 4 gourds. But it definitely gives me something to think about. Do you know what I could use for the owl guard prongs themselves?
by Laura Dore
Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl guards for gourds
Replies: 10
Views: 3029

Yeah. Although Larry's idea is much more labor intensive than duct tape and coat hangers, (LOL), it was at his suggestion that I post my request for owl guard ideas on the PMCA forum. I guess he didn't have any ingenious ideas for that. So, hopefully somebody will jump in later with one. Thanks for ...
by Laura Dore
Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl guards for gourds
Replies: 10
Views: 3029

Larry's suggestion was to put them on perching arms like he does by drilling holes through the pole, using a threaded rod with nuts and washers to hold the rod steady in the pole. I also contemplated just drilling holes in the corners of the porches of my MK12 and hanging them directly from there si...
by Laura Dore
Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl guards for gourds
Replies: 10
Views: 3029

Louise, I don't have a gourd rack; just 3 Trio houses. My largest one, an MK12, is on a pulley system. The other two are on telescoping poles. Larry Melcher gave me an idea on how to put them on the telescoping poles, but I just need ideas on what to use for owl guards.
by Laura Dore
Sun Jan 05, 2014 5:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl guards for gourds
Replies: 10
Views: 3029

Owl guards for gourds

I purchased some Natureline gourds last summer at the Finger, TN Martinfest. I've found some owl guards in the PMCA Marketplace, but they are specifically for Trendsetter gourds. Have spoken with the man from whom I purchased the gourds, but he says Natureline doesn't make owl guards for their gourd...
by Laura Dore
Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fledgling delimma
Replies: 1
Views: 647

Fledgling delimma

My last nest had two fledglings that should have fledged a week ago. But, they both looked pretty weak and didn't grow like they should have. Now, one of them just sits on the porch almost all the time, but I only see one of them. I have a terrible fear that the other one died inside the compartment...
by Laura Dore
Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fledgling death
Replies: 5
Views: 1887

I suppose its always a possibility that he sustained damage in his fall. But, he was pretty feisty when I picked him up to return him to the house AND he fell on a bed of grass, so I don't know how he could have gotten hurt from that. But, life goes on and I have to be somewhat happy since this has ...
by Laura Dore
Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fledgling death
Replies: 5
Views: 1887

The nest started off with 5 hatchlings. Then, the next nest check, there was only one nestling left; I assume from ASY males. So, I named him the Lone Ranger and he continued to be fed and grow at the rate he should have. The day after I had predicted to be his fledge date was the date I watched him...
by Laura Dore
Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fledgling death
Replies: 5
Views: 1887

Fledgling death

Had a single surviving fledgling that I watched on the porch for a couple of hours on Sunday morning while his parents encouraged it to fly. It would sit on the edge, but never would take the plunge. When I arrived home from work on Monday, I found it on the ground. So, I lowered the house, and put ...
by Laura Dore
Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Young fledgling
Replies: 2
Views: 752

I assume so since the other two were healthy. Actually, I had calculated their fledge date as 3 days ago, so it was time.
by Laura Dore
Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Young fledgling
Replies: 2
Views: 752

Young fledgling

Found a young fledgling in the grass yesterday, so put it back into the nest that I knew it came from with its 2 siblings. Found it on the ground again in the evening, so I put it back in the nest again before everybody else came in to settle for the night. This morning, I lowered the house to check...
by Laura Dore
Thu May 30, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Compartment question
Replies: 2
Views: 950

Good, cause I'm not sure how their parents could get in there anymore to feed them since they are all pretty chunky and blocking most of the crescent entrance.
by Laura Dore
Wed May 29, 2013 9:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Compartment question
Replies: 2
Views: 950

Compartment question

I have extended compartments in all my houses this year (and much more success I might add). In one compartment, I have 5 babies that are due to fledge around June 6th if I calculated correctly. The eggs were laid and the babies have always been in the back room of the compartment. But when doing a ...
by Laura Dore
Sun May 19, 2013 8:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Stupid question?
Replies: 2
Views: 732

Stupid question?

Why is it that when a Martin nest/eggs are destroyed, they get frustrated and leave? But when a HOSP nest/eggs get destroyed, they either just rebuild or take revenge?
by Laura Dore
Wed May 08, 2013 4:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Expert advice needed
Replies: 3
Views: 1116

Thanks guys. They will stay where they are then. I DO have owl guards on, so hopefully they will be safe. It's the bachelor PM's I'm afraid of.
by Laura Dore
Tue May 07, 2013 6:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Expert advice needed
Replies: 3
Views: 1116

Expert advice needed

I went the extra mile this year and expanded my compartments on all my houses. Now, my delimma is this; I have 2 eggs in one of the compartments, but the silly Martin laid them in the forward section, even though there is nesting material in the front AND the back. Should I move the eggs to the back...
by Laura Dore
Sun May 05, 2013 12:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MartinFest 2013 on Jun 14 and 15
Replies: 6
Views: 2826

Can't wait. I'm flying in from Texas to go!