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by Sparky
Sun Jul 10, 2005 4:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: They're baaaaaack! The return of the 3 babies
Replies: 3
Views: 5921

Are the parents coming back for them? Check and see if the parents are feeding them. In a pinch, you can go to the pet supply store or bait shop and get some meal worms and best of all small crickets. I would sort of crunch the meal worm or crickets first before feeding them. I have heard meal worms...
by Sparky
Fri Jul 08, 2005 10:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: know of a sticky brand glue trap for sparrows????
Replies: 5
Views: 8518

Some landlords have been successful with glue traps and others have not. I tried glue traps only to find the sparrows managed to put enough nesting material on top of the glue trap to build another nest on top of it! Other cavities were successful because it acted as a deterent, turning the birds aw...
by Sparky
Thu Jul 07, 2005 9:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PORCH DIVIDERS
Replies: 4
Views: 10133

Yes, a very good recommendation. I observed the "baby out on the porch" scenerio this year in particular. I found the adult parents at least one of them, mostly the mother, standing guard on the porch perch while the young came out on the porch and looked around. Once the young martins had returned ...
by Sparky
Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When to Take Down House?
Replies: 16
Views: 29652

Aw crud! I just checked it out, it's 4-3/4" each dimension, but will not work with metal houses with crescent or excluder entrances! I'm "excluded", pardon the pun! LOL. :lol: It appears to be the opening height that won't work in the metal houses. I thought of getting the metal T-14 trap and cuttin...
by Sparky
Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When to Take Down House?
Replies: 16
Views: 29652

g, You might check out the smaller trap in the PMCA store. I'm going to check it out myself as I have the Coates houses as well except they are the standard ones modified to 6" X 12", But they are not 6" high as the 2 Troyer T14 traps that I have won't fit. I believe the trap in the store is a 3" X ...
by Sparky
Tue Jul 05, 2005 4:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When to Take Down House?
Replies: 16
Views: 29652

Glen,
Yea, CLU Lou has another good idea. You can utilize the housing as traps and like he said plug the compartments that don't have traps. I've personally have traps all over the place, I didn't think of this. Great ideas, that's what this forum is for!
by Sparky
Tue Jul 05, 2005 4:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A new discovery - getting them to gape!
Replies: 16
Views: 25814

That's pretty neat. I remember once on a wildlife show (I think it was the old "Wild Kingdom" show), the scientists were using a puppet mimicing a bald eagle to feed some young eagle orphans. I have thought about coming up with a PM puppet, just in case I had to perform an emergency feeding as you a...
by Sparky
Tue Jul 05, 2005 3:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When to Take Down House?
Replies: 16
Views: 29652

I've done it a couple of different ways once the last martin leaves: For one, I plug all the compartments and leave the house up. Or Two, I plug the compartments and leave the house at 1/2 mast or all the way down. Then in September-October, I disassemble the complex, houses and gourds for cleaning ...
by Sparky
Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S&S Trap Recommendations
Replies: 12
Views: 22583

Yes, It can depend on your type of housing. But if you take the housing aside and are looking at a "stand-alone" trap, look at the S & S Controller. If I had one choice of trap that was extremely effective, it is the S & S Controller. I have many types of traps, in compartment, RBT's, V-trap, and th...
by Sparky
Mon Jul 04, 2005 11:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: HELP HOT IN TEXAS -- SHOULD I LOWER THE HOUSES
Replies: 6
Views: 13763

I'm misting every afternoon with a Arizona Mist system I made. I have it setup with a timer so it comes on the same time every afternoon. I still have several compartments yet to fledge and I believe the system has worked great this year since it has been so hot and dry. No jump outs this year. The ...
by Sparky
Thu Jun 30, 2005 11:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lowering the house at night
Replies: 7
Views: 15506

Ha! This reminds me of last year. You are not alone jjerge, every landlord will go through this situation of the little ones jumping one time or another. The heat has been real bad this year. In the Houston area, it has been quite hot the last 38 days over 95F and into the 100F range (records) and n...
by Sparky
Thu Jun 30, 2005 10:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: my martins never sit outside of the nest
Replies: 8
Views: 15272

Do you just have the 1 pair? This situation sounds very unusual. If you just have the one pair, just wait awhile they will start coming outside to preen and take a break from all the feeding chores.
by Sparky
Wed Jun 22, 2005 11:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How do I install a mister?
Replies: 6
Views: 20646

Apparently the "search" function does not work anymore, otherwise I'd re-post the old posting. I used an Arizona Mist Kit with 6 nozzles on the tubing. I fastened the horizontal tubing with the nozzles to a piece of 1/2 X 1/2" aluminum angle with zip ties. The horizontal assembly was attached to a v...
by Sparky
Wed Jun 22, 2005 11:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Adults gone, baby left behind - HELP !!
Replies: 20
Views: 27612

I agree on the rehabber procedure. Some of the rehabbers have an orphan martin outplacement listing. The rehabber will bring the bird to an existing active colony once it gets well. I know the rehabbers in the Houston area do this as I am on their list.