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kim w.
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Joined: Mon May 05, 2014 6:43 pm
Location: IN/Goshen

Want a be landlord. Had an ASY male arrive this morning. Rain and 45 deg. Had a SY male here for two weeks last year but could not find a mate. Suppose to get in mid 30's later this week and 50's during the days. Question I have is when is it necessary to feed and use hand warmers.
Thanks for your help.
Kim W.
ToyinPA
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Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:07 pm
Location: PA/Avis
Martin Colony History: The 1972 St. Agnes flood wiped out all the Martins in my area. One day, in 1997-98, 5 or 6 Martins landed on the power wires crossing my back yard. I had no house for them. They kept coming back day after day. We got a martin house a few weeks later & they have been coming back every year since. I average 12-15 pair per year.

I would say supplement feed.....when day temps are not to get above 50, raining, windy, or snow. Those days make it almost impossible for them to find food.

Hand warmers I would suggest when night temps are to be 32 or below. Watch which room he chooses. If it's a lower room, then close off all lower rooms & only leave 1 or 2 open, just above the lower rooms, for him to choose from . Place a hand warmer in a lower room so the heat rises. You can open the other rooms later when he weather gets better. If using gourds close off all but 2 & place a warmer in when he is away.

Your ASY Male could be the SY you had last year & he back & hoping to find a mate.

Best wishes,

Toy in PA
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kim w.
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Joined: Mon May 05, 2014 6:43 pm
Location: IN/Goshen

Thanks for your input. I haven't seen him since this morning. So like you said, I'm hoping he's out looking for a mate.
Kim W.
kim w.
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Joined: Mon May 05, 2014 6:43 pm
Location: IN/Goshen

Not looking good. Haven't seen him since Sunday. Looks like I'm back to square one :-(
Kim W.
Annie G
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Location: Wisconsin/Portage

You just never know.. he could be out eating if the weather has been bad. Don't give up just yet. :wink:
Keep trying and keep your chin up, its easier to see the martins coming!!
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