Distressed PM Baby

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marykr
Posts: 12
Joined: Mon Jun 27, 2016 7:07 pm
Location: Texas
Martin Colony History: 2013
House #1 (12-large cavities) 3-pair, 15 eggs, 13 fledged

2014
House #1 (12-large cavities) 8-pair, 37 eggs, 20 fledged
House #2 (12-large cavities) 6-pair, 28 eggs, 25 fledged

2015
House #1 (12-large cavities) 7-pair, 31 eggs, 25 fledged
House #2 (12-large cavities) 9-pair, 47 eggs, 37 fledged

2016
House #1 (12-large cavities) 11-pair, 55 eggs, 42 fledged
House #2 (12-large cavities) 12-pair, 63 eggs, 51 fledged

2017
House #1 (12-large cavities) 7-pair, 38 eggs, 33 fledged
House #2 (12-large cavities) 12-pair, 62 eggs, 45 fledged

2018

One of my baby pm was on the ground Friday evening and I put it back into an apartment i thought it may have come out of. On Sunday evening it was on the ground again. I put it into another apartment hoping for a better outcome. This morning I could tell the other birds were trying to push it off the house. As it got hotter I could tell it was really suffering. I put it in a shoe box with nesting material. It looked terrible but gave it water with a dropper. It seemed to help a bit but wouldn't open its mouth to eat scrambled eggs. I went to the pet store and the associate recommended fresh smashed crickets. My husband and were able to get it to eat by force feeding it. It started to gobble them up. Now I'm not sure what to do....how many crickets do i feed it? How much water? etc. etc. The birds feathers do not look as sleek and healthy as any of the others however I've looked all over it's body and it doesn't have mites. Any suggestions from the experts since I've never had this problem before. We're in Texas and it's really HOT right now.
Spiderman
Posts: 796
Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:19 am
Location: Gladewater, Texas

Where are you located in Texas? The heat index here is usually close to 110 everyday right now.

I usually feed them crickets until they won't eat anymore. I dip the crickets in Gatorade, if I think they are stressed from the heat.

Usually you can compare the fledgling with the ones in different nest boxes and figure out which one he goes in. Sometimes it is trial and error to get the right one.

Their body temperature is 104 if I remember correctly, so they can with stand some heat as long as they stay hydrated.

I know it is frustrating at time, I hope it works out for You!
2008 - 33 PAIR - FLEDGED 96 YOUNG
2009 - 51 PAIR - FLEDGED 166 YOUNG
2010 - 45 PAIR - FLEDGED 146 YOUNG
2011 - 33 PAIR - 128 HATCHED, 97 FLEDGED
2012 - 37 PAIR - 119 HATCHED, 101 FLEDGED
marykr
Posts: 12
Joined: Mon Jun 27, 2016 7:07 pm
Location: Texas
Martin Colony History: 2013
House #1 (12-large cavities) 3-pair, 15 eggs, 13 fledged

2014
House #1 (12-large cavities) 8-pair, 37 eggs, 20 fledged
House #2 (12-large cavities) 6-pair, 28 eggs, 25 fledged

2015
House #1 (12-large cavities) 7-pair, 31 eggs, 25 fledged
House #2 (12-large cavities) 9-pair, 47 eggs, 37 fledged

2016
House #1 (12-large cavities) 11-pair, 55 eggs, 42 fledged
House #2 (12-large cavities) 12-pair, 63 eggs, 51 fledged

2017
House #1 (12-large cavities) 7-pair, 38 eggs, 33 fledged
House #2 (12-large cavities) 12-pair, 62 eggs, 45 fledged

2018

Thank you Spiderman and Louise from the Forum!
Before our internet went down I saw an email from Louise regarding jumpers and what she does. It was quite helpful this morning when the bird survived the night. At the moment, I'm feeding it live smashed crickets (small size) that have been soaked in Pedialyte. It seems to be a big hit! The bird looks to be 15 days old and now I'm wondering when I should return it to the colony? I'm in Plano TX and it's easily 100+ each day with the humidity. I'm so grateful for this forum and how quickly everyone is to respond. Hopefully my friend will make it and know now to intervene quicker next time this happens.
Spiderman
Posts: 796
Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:19 am
Location: Gladewater, Texas

I put jumpers back each night right at sundown. If they jump the next day I return them to a 5 gallon bucket and put them in the garage where it is shaded & cooler. Feed them a couple of times a day and repeat the process.

They can fly at 26 days so the process doesn't last forever, even though at times it feels like it.
2008 - 33 PAIR - FLEDGED 96 YOUNG
2009 - 51 PAIR - FLEDGED 166 YOUNG
2010 - 45 PAIR - FLEDGED 146 YOUNG
2011 - 33 PAIR - 128 HATCHED, 97 FLEDGED
2012 - 37 PAIR - 119 HATCHED, 101 FLEDGED
marykr
Posts: 12
Joined: Mon Jun 27, 2016 7:07 pm
Location: Texas
Martin Colony History: 2013
House #1 (12-large cavities) 3-pair, 15 eggs, 13 fledged

2014
House #1 (12-large cavities) 8-pair, 37 eggs, 20 fledged
House #2 (12-large cavities) 6-pair, 28 eggs, 25 fledged

2015
House #1 (12-large cavities) 7-pair, 31 eggs, 25 fledged
House #2 (12-large cavities) 9-pair, 47 eggs, 37 fledged

2016
House #1 (12-large cavities) 11-pair, 55 eggs, 42 fledged
House #2 (12-large cavities) 12-pair, 63 eggs, 51 fledged

2017
House #1 (12-large cavities) 7-pair, 38 eggs, 33 fledged
House #2 (12-large cavities) 12-pair, 62 eggs, 45 fledged

2018

Things are going very well today so I plan on putting her back tomorrow evening. She's chirping and eating well so I'll keep you posted on the outcome.
jkudywoods
Posts: 5
Joined: Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:12 am
Location: GA

I would like to thank Spiderman.
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