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Steve Martin
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birdbrat wrote:jr2, I hope he returns to find them. Did you kill the crickets first to keep them from escaping. I know a lot of folks may think that is a no brainer. But if you have never fed them before I thought it might be worth mentioning. Again, best of luck to you. The wind is brutal here right now and from the weather report, you are getting it worse than I am.
I tried flipping crickets once using live crickets I got from Petco. I didn't think killing the crickets would have made a difference. The crickets were in a 80F holding tank then I took them out into 40F air. They looked quite stunned from the change in temp. Even When I dropped them on the ground they moved very slowly, I was able to pick 'em up and re-flip the crickets.
jr 2
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I have not seen my[??????] martin since yesterday morning;think he knew the snow was coming and got out of dodge;;snow about melted off except shaded areas;;dead crickets that I put in compartment were laying on the ground by the pole and not in compartment;i put them back in;have not seen no other birds around the house except for mocking bird;;how did crickets get out of compartment with cresent entrance 1 inch high?????? jr2
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chickadee
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you have to kill the crickets they jump. look for light and they go towards it and will escape. I am sure your martin found a large body of water or ponds or something to skim across and look for food. at least lets hope? how long was he their? maybe he was passing by and is on his way to house
2008 first year 1 pair. 2009 3 pair. 2010 7 pair. 2011 20 pair . 2012 44 pair 280 eggs 210 fledged. 2013 67 pair. 2014?
birdbrat
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Maybe the crickets slipped out the drainage holes in your gourds. The wind could have caused the problem by blowing them through the holes or out of the door. I had suggested killing them to keep them from escaping through any opening, I really never gave any thought to dead ones "escaping". I wonder how many cavity feeders have had the same problem? Some may have the problem and not be aware. And of course that may not be the problem. I'm just guessing. Had it been warmer I might have thought that another bird was cleaning house.
jr 2
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chickadee;;;;the crickets are out of a can and I though they were dead;;not moving;i didn't get the live ones they had;;;;I seen this martin on the 14th and again yesterday or I guess it could have been a different 1 yesterday;;it stayed on house and it front of first compartment that was used last year for about 2 hour yesterday morning;;on the 14th set on power line above house and on house for an hour;;still watching for it too come back;;jr2
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chickadee
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with the weather you are having it is scary with it not sticking around so you can feed it. and dead crickets in a can? never used them? but if put in a dish inside a gourd not sure how can disappear unless being eaten? also I have heard people have to bang on the poles to see if martins are inside because of the cold weather. guess they can sneak in on you and not come out. either way hope he shows back up if he was not passing threw.
2008 first year 1 pair. 2009 3 pair. 2010 7 pair. 2011 20 pair . 2012 44 pair 280 eggs 210 fledged. 2013 67 pair. 2014?
Dave Reynolds
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Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

jr-2 -- Hang in there, I think he will be back tomorrow for sure, the weather will be great for him. He didn't show up here, so he has got to be close to you. Keep an eye out ... Good luck

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:

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volkmerk
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pmlover wrote:just put straw in my houses I hope I don't see any for a couple of weeks good luck to all of u
dick
Am looking for ways to attract martins to my gourds. Does pine straw on the gourd floor help?
NewMartinMan
jr 2
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dave;thanks;;see a report for Athens today,could be tomorrow for you;I hope he is back tomorrow;;didn't see him come in this evening but wasn't watching all the time;;;theses were called CAN-O-CRICKETTS and sealed up in a small can;;it says keep refrigrate after opening;;don't guess anyone has used theses??????????? jr2
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jr 2
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volkmerk;;;welcome;;;I think just about everyone on the forum puts pine straw in their gourds and houses for prenest and they use sevin dust in nest too keep mites at bay;;;I would say it does help as the martins don't have as much work too do;;I have put up a hanging basket under my martin houses too put nest material in also;;I had put it on ground last year under house and they would fly down and get it but that is not recommended as hawks and cats could harm the birds;;jr2
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volkmerk
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Thanks for your input. I am trying to start a new colony.
NewMartinMan
jr 2
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volkmerk;;welcome again;;lot of good info on the forum here;;everyone on here has been a big help too me;;if you want too know,just ask;wishing you great martin season;;jr2
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jr 2
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found out how the crickets got out of house compartments on too ground by pole;i need too put them back futher;;can starling reach in cresent 6 inches??I didn't want too put them where nest material was;;????;;;;;;starlings are reaching in and getting them as I was watching;;;they must not like them too eat;;just throwing them out on ground;;;;;jr2
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