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by mikeinkaty
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First arrival videos??
Replies: 2
Views: 1143

Re: First arrival videos??

Yes, that’s it. Have they been made since 2013?? If so, what is the link? Mike
by mikeinkaty
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First arrival videos??
Replies: 2
Views: 1143

First arrival videos??

At the end of the season the Association used to create a first arrival video. Did they quit doing this? Was a stunning way to show the northward flood.
by mikeinkaty
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Placement of crescent opening
Replies: 5
Views: 1919

Placement of crescent opening

Making new houses. The base is a Western cedar board 6” wide and 15” long. The outer deck is 6” wide x 5”. The inner house is 6” x 10” x 6” tall. Can you picture that? Can the base of the crescent opening be the deck itself? This means the top of the crescent would be 1-3/16” from the deck. Or shoul...
by mikeinkaty
Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Switching from condos to individual houses
Replies: 4
Views: 1141

Re: Switching from condos to individual houses

I’m using 7” diameter. Much better than 6”.
by mikeinkaty
Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Switching from condos to individual houses
Replies: 4
Views: 1141

Switching from condos to individual houses

I’ve had 2 of the 6x6 aluminum condo style Martin boxes for probably 25 years. They are now in pretty bad shape. I’m making individual houses of aluminum that are 7” diameter by 6” tall cylinder with a conical top. Question is about the perch. Do they need one? I’ve seen a lot of gourds that have no...
by mikeinkaty
Fri May 02, 2014 9:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Very late this year (me, not the martins).
Replies: 3
Views: 1258

Without looking I knew you were from Texas based on the leaves in the nest. Then I looked at the top left of the page and sure enough!
Mike
by mikeinkaty
Thu May 01, 2014 11:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: WWII German POWs & Purple Martins in Texas
Replies: 15
Views: 4385

We had German prisoners working at our farm when I was 3 and 4 years old. This was in central Oklahoma in 1944/45. They were very happy to be out of the war and for having 3 meals a day. One played with me a lot and I followed him around the fields. They were all nice and friendly (else they would n...
by mikeinkaty
Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Where do they go to find food?
Replies: 5
Views: 1077

My martins feed about 300' above their house but this is south Texas with Martin food everywhere.

Mike
by mikeinkaty
Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Incredible, Edible Egg Shell
Replies: 3
Views: 814

I bought a 30 pound bag of Oyster shells for seven dollars at a farm store. Pretty cheap.
by mikeinkaty
Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Converting aluminum 12 hole to 6
Replies: 5
Views: 1310

Mike, I have 11 trios, all 12 x 6 rooms and due to the Texas heat, all of the openings face south, or south east to get help from the spring/summer winds. So All the openings are on one side only with deviders installed in all of them, of course some macho stuff happens, but the Martins get along a...
by mikeinkaty
Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Look at 2014 scout map
Replies: 0
Views: 956

Look at 2014 scout map

There is a higher density in Florida and the east coast than in Texas and further north. Cold weather in south Texas is slowing the central migration down! But that said, I now have a dozen pair and saw my first SA yesterday. Also today a starling was setting on one roof causing problems. Using 22 C...
by mikeinkaty
Thu Apr 10, 2014 1:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: House types and climate
Replies: 1
Views: 766

House types and climate

The first year I tried being a PM landlord down here close to Houston TX I tried a wooden house. I move here from NE Okla and that worked up there. Well, not here. I managed to cook what few eggs were layed. Next year I tried white PVC thin-wall plastic pipe 8" diameter. Same thing but not quite as ...
by mikeinkaty
Thu Apr 10, 2014 1:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Converting aluminum 12 hole to 6
Replies: 5
Views: 1310

Thank you, John and Dorn.

Mike
by mikeinkaty
Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Converting aluminum 12 hole to 6
Replies: 5
Views: 1310

Converting aluminum 12 hole to 6

Would 2 porch dividers cure the male dominance thing if one put 3 holes on each side? Wouldn't have to add an extra porch this way. On one side have 2 holes below and one above. On the other side have 2 holes above and one below. Then put a porch divider where there are 2 holes in one row. The divid...
by mikeinkaty
Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Overall martin numbers....
Replies: 2
Views: 866

I think cold weather in Texas has slowed the migration.

Mike
by mikeinkaty
Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Surfing the purple wave - new animated maps
Replies: 13
Views: 3446

Please thank the staff for doing this!

Now, what can we learn from this?
Mike
by mikeinkaty
Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Oyster shell feeder on same pole below Martin house
Replies: 8
Views: 1873

" if they cannot escape from such closed spaces."

I don't understand this last sentence? If it's on top of a pole a few feet away from the house, how can it be a closed space??

Mike
by mikeinkaty
Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dozen pairs now
Replies: 1
Views: 663

Dozen pairs now

And their still coming in. HOSP bad this year. Making another trap. Maybe this one will work.
Mike
by mikeinkaty
Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: To shoot or not
Replies: 17
Views: 3867

One of the most useful tools for shooting starlings and sparrows if you choose to go that route is a scoped 22 caliber Benjamin Marauder air rifle. With a depinger installed this rifle is near silent and extremely accurate at typical starling shooting distances. The Martins will just sit and watch ...
by mikeinkaty
Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fear of crescent entrances
Replies: 31
Views: 7541

It took about a week for mine to get used to the excluder holes. I made mine from aluminum flashing and used pop rivets to hold them to the front. Toward the end of the first season I noticed some of the males had lost feathers on their back so for the next season I made the holes 1/16" taller. That...