Gourds are looking good!

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taxidermy lady
Posts: 2989
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 am
Location: IL/Ellis Grove
Martin Colony History: Started trying to attract purple martins in 2012! It's finally happened in 2017! 5 years!!! ASY male and SY female came May 1st, fledged 5 babies!

I think they are coming along fine! These seem to be the best that stay green and on the vine longer! I'm anxious to see them when it frost and kills the vine! :) Image
Sharon from southern Illinois
BrendaVR
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Awesome!
Those look wonderful, and large!!!
Rodger Drye
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Martin Colony History: Have been hosting and providing a sanactuary for Purple Martins for 30 years.

Nice looking Gourds, Sharon.!! :grin:
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pmlover
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Location: OH/New Concord

looking great
2015 69 pairs 418 eggs 396 fledged
2019 I have 148 openings now
2016 100 pairs 600 babies fledged added another t-14 and have 126 openings now
2015 Jun 24 360 babies and 58 eggs also found one that had died
2017 632 babies 11died and 20 were killed by hawks
2015 74 pairs and 9 eggs 5/14
2010 3pairss
]JOINED PMCA JUNE 6,2018
2018 651 babies 5 hawk kills 11 floater kills 25 died in houses and 610 fledged

2014 80 pairs 283 babies 282 fledged one died
Ravens5281
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Joined: Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:14 pm
Location: Seymour, Indiana
Martin Colony History: PMCA Member:
Name: Stu Silver III
Begin trying to start a Colony since 2014
Had 2 Martins Visitors stop by (2014)
(2015) 2 Martins Visitors passed through
(2016) 35 Days that Martins Visitors/Stopped by but didn't nest

Hey taxidermy lady do u have any gourds to sell?
PMCA Member: From Seymour, Indiana
Name: Stu Silver III
Begin trying to start a Colony since 2014
Had 2 Martins Visitors stop by (2014)
(2015) 2 Martins Visitors passed through
(2016) 35 Days that Martins Visitors/Stopped by but didn't nest
Rodger Drye
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Location: NC/Mt. Pleasant
Martin Colony History: Have been hosting and providing a sanactuary for Purple Martins for 30 years.

Sharon,
Don't forget me if you have any extra I'd like to have a couple.!
Thanks, Rodger
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Ravens5281
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Martin Colony History: PMCA Member:
Name: Stu Silver III
Begin trying to start a Colony since 2014
Had 2 Martins Visitors stop by (2014)
(2015) 2 Martins Visitors passed through
(2016) 35 Days that Martins Visitors/Stopped by but didn't nest

Yea rodger it's hard to find anybody that sells them for reasonable price & i was going to grow my own but we were given the wrong kind of gourds in the pack before I realized that their was a certain kind that u were supposed to have!
PMCA Member: From Seymour, Indiana
Name: Stu Silver III
Begin trying to start a Colony since 2014
Had 2 Martins Visitors stop by (2014)
(2015) 2 Martins Visitors passed through
(2016) 35 Days that Martins Visitors/Stopped by but didn't nest
Rodger Drye
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Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:07 am
Location: NC/Mt. Pleasant
Martin Colony History: Have been hosting and providing a sanactuary for Purple Martins for 30 years.

Yea Ravens5281,
Taxidermy Lady should have some. I know she worked hard preparing her soil bed to grow the Best Gourds she could.!
I'm sure she'll let us know if and when they will be ready.!
Rodger
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Ravens5281
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Joined: Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:14 pm
Location: Seymour, Indiana
Martin Colony History: PMCA Member:
Name: Stu Silver III
Begin trying to start a Colony since 2014
Had 2 Martins Visitors stop by (2014)
(2015) 2 Martins Visitors passed through
(2016) 35 Days that Martins Visitors/Stopped by but didn't nest

Ah sweet Rodger that would be awesome if she has some left over!!
PMCA Member: From Seymour, Indiana
Name: Stu Silver III
Begin trying to start a Colony since 2014
Had 2 Martins Visitors stop by (2014)
(2015) 2 Martins Visitors passed through
(2016) 35 Days that Martins Visitors/Stopped by but didn't nest
taxidermy lady
Posts: 2989
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 am
Location: IL/Ellis Grove
Martin Colony History: Started trying to attract purple martins in 2012! It's finally happened in 2017! 5 years!!! ASY male and SY female came May 1st, fledged 5 babies!

They have to dry and harden before I know what's good! Still not sure how many I have with the vines growing on the dead tree I placed over them! It's a surprise! :lol: It will take until neat spring for them to dry and see if they are thick enough for a Martin gourd! I only have 2 plants so just have to wait and see! thanks :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
Ravens5281
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Martin Colony History: PMCA Member:
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Had 2 Martins Visitors stop by (2014)
(2015) 2 Martins Visitors passed through
(2016) 35 Days that Martins Visitors/Stopped by but didn't nest

Haha well ok just let me know!! & let Rodger have first pick of what he wants bc he has been waiting & wanting them longer than me. So I don't want to jump in front of anyone by any means!! Thanks again & just let us both know!
PMCA Member: From Seymour, Indiana
Name: Stu Silver III
Begin trying to start a Colony since 2014
Had 2 Martins Visitors stop by (2014)
(2015) 2 Martins Visitors passed through
(2016) 35 Days that Martins Visitors/Stopped by but didn't nest
Rodger Drye
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Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:07 am
Location: NC/Mt. Pleasant
Martin Colony History: Have been hosting and providing a sanactuary for Purple Martins for 30 years.

Sharon,
That's o.k. Let Ravens5281 have a few if you like. I would like to have 1 if possible. But if it doesn't work out this year maybe next year will be o.k. I will have plenty of Gourds this year (172 at last count). Actually I have a few more than that but only enough Racks to accomadate 172 even with some additional modifications.

I've done a lot of thinking on a new Pole and Gourd Rack System I'm going to build.
It will be a 1/8" 3" Steel Tube with a very unique Aluminum Rack.
It will offer 72 or more Gourds on just 2 Tiers. I don't know of anybody who offers that many Gourds on just 1 Pole.
I know Andrew Troyer offers a Super System Rack with 36 Gourds spaces. This System will have twice that many or more.

This will take some time to develope and iron all the kinks out. If everything goes well I may patent it because it will be a Beautiful System.
Rodger
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Ravens5281
Posts: 159
Joined: Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:14 pm
Location: Seymour, Indiana
Martin Colony History: PMCA Member:
Name: Stu Silver III
Begin trying to start a Colony since 2014
Had 2 Martins Visitors stop by (2014)
(2015) 2 Martins Visitors passed through
(2016) 35 Days that Martins Visitors/Stopped by but didn't nest

Haha thanks Rodger! yea I don't have that many gourds!! Just to
Natural gourds & 12 artificial! But wanted to add some more natural ones but can't find anyone that sells them for reasonable price bc I can clean them & make them myself but everyone wants $5-$15 for one that's not even cleaned. So if she ends up not having any I will grow some myself like I was going to this yr. good luck on your rack sounds cool!! Thanks guys
PMCA Member: From Seymour, Indiana
Name: Stu Silver III
Begin trying to start a Colony since 2014
Had 2 Martins Visitors stop by (2014)
(2015) 2 Martins Visitors passed through
(2016) 35 Days that Martins Visitors/Stopped by but didn't nest
Emil Pampell-Tx
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Location: Tx, Richmond (SW of Houston)
Martin Colony History: First started in Gretna, La in 1969 with a small homemade house, have had martins ever since at 2 different homes in Texas

Rodger, I have 48 gourds on each pole. My opinion is that is too many, I wish that I would have put up a maximum of 24 to 36. Problem with too much weight, too long to do nest checks, too crowded for the birds to escape hawks, gourds must be too close together and then they do not fill up, etc. Good luck if you try for 72!
PMCA Member, 250 gourds, 6 poles, 2traps
taxidermy lady
Posts: 2989
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 am
Location: IL/Ellis Grove
Martin Colony History: Started trying to attract purple martins in 2012! It's finally happened in 2017! 5 years!!! ASY male and SY female came May 1st, fledged 5 babies!

First thing is why do I always have to log in???? I always remember me!!! Thanks :)
I will probably not have any gourds to sell. With having only 2 plants I want most of them for my use! My family wants me to craft some for them and I want some for gifts in 2017. They aren't hard to grow if you can get cow poop, sand and water. A raised bed warms faster in the spring and that's the way I got them up and growing. We had a late growing season this year with the hard frost just last week. Most are still green on the vine and will be months before they are dry enough to work with! It is a fun project and very rewarding when it works for you! :) :) :)
Sharon from southern Illinois
Rodger Drye
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Martin Colony History: Have been hosting and providing a sanactuary for Purple Martins for 30 years.

Thanks Ravens5281 and Taxidermy Lady.! Hope ya'll have a Great Thanksgiving.!!!
Rodger
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Ravens5281
Posts: 159
Joined: Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:14 pm
Location: Seymour, Indiana
Martin Colony History: PMCA Member:
Name: Stu Silver III
Begin trying to start a Colony since 2014
Had 2 Martins Visitors stop by (2014)
(2015) 2 Martins Visitors passed through
(2016) 35 Days that Martins Visitors/Stopped by but didn't nest

Your welcome Rodger & likewise!! Hey is it spring yet?
PMCA Member: From Seymour, Indiana
Name: Stu Silver III
Begin trying to start a Colony since 2014
Had 2 Martins Visitors stop by (2014)
(2015) 2 Martins Visitors passed through
(2016) 35 Days that Martins Visitors/Stopped by but didn't nest
Rodger Drye
Posts: 671
Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:07 am
Location: NC/Mt. Pleasant
Martin Colony History: Have been hosting and providing a sanactuary for Purple Martins for 30 years.

Hey Emil,
This project is in it's beginning. I've changed things already about it and I'm sure I'll make a lot of more changes before it's finished.
My spacing is going to average 14 to 16 inches and that's what Andrew Troyer has on his Super System.
I don't have any houses and I don't want any. For several reason's but I realize everbody has different likes. There are Aluminum houses out there that are close together and in my opinion to small. I've always thought of the Aluminum houses as apartment complexes. I know I wouldn't want to live in one and to me an individual Gourd represents a separate dwelling. In an apartment you don't get to choose your right next door neighbors and a lot of times you can hear whats going on not just next door but maybe 2 or 3 apartments down. With your own separate dwelling you tend to be more dedicated to it and are more apt to take care of it, simply because it's yours!!

When I was in the Marines I lived in several different apartments and there was always something going on, Fights, Cussing, Fussing, Loud Music, Theft, Vandalism, and all kinds of Crazy Crap.!!
The Bird's just seem to be happier and more content with less in fighting and competition when using Gourds IMO.!

It may not work out in the end or it may become to cost effective. But I'm gonna sure give it a shot. You know Edison failed over 500 times before he finally perfected the Light Bulb.

If this thing does materialize and works out I might just send you one to try out, and you can give me a lot of feedback because I know you are a dedicated Landlord and you host a lot of Martin's every year.!!
Rodger
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