Nest check #6 or 7

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jhcox
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Location: tennesse
Martin Colony History: Started colony in 2014. First pair to stay and raise young in 2018.

Nest check #6 or 7

Postby jhcox » Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:46 am

I didn’t nest check number six or seven today We appear to still be growing we have between 20 and 25 birds. We have 10 nests in different stages some have 2 or 3 most have 5 one of them has 6 eggs. But three of them this morning have new babies. We still have some birds bringing in green leaves so hopefully the nest count will continue to go up a little. When should I start to do nest changes?? Thanks to everyone on the forum that has helped me over the last 4 or 5 years it’s paid off. JHCox Heiskell Tennessee

Spiderman
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Re: Nest check #6 or 7

Postby Spiderman » Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:33 pm

I do nest checks every week. If there are babies hatching or real young, I do them in the afternoon maybe 3:00pm. Feeding has usually tapered off by then, but it is warm enough the babies won't get too cold.

If you know which day they hatch out, you have a really good idea of the day they will fledge. Once they get bigger if somebody jumps during a nest check it isn't too hard to figure out where he goes based on size and number of babies that are supposed to be in each nest.

When they are larger is usually when mites will show up and the nest will need a 1/4 teaspoon on Sevin dust to remedy this.
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

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".

Re: Nest check #6 or 7

Postby Dave Reynolds » Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:38 pm

.... jhcox... I do my nest checks in the afternoon around 2 to 3:30..pm.. Normally, I check them on Mondays and Thursday..

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — First pair, 5 Eggs, 5 hatched, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — They are on the way. :wink:

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Hatched and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — They are on the way. :wink:

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ToyinPA
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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.

Re: Nest check #6 or 7

Postby ToyinPA » Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:35 pm

I didn’t nest check number six or seven today We appear to still be growing we have between 20 and 25 birds. We have 10 nests in different stages some have 2 or 3 most have 5 one of them has 6 eggs. But three of them this morning have new babies. We still have some birds bringing in green leaves so hopefully the nest count will continue to go up a little. When should I start to do nest changes?? Thanks to everyone on the forum that has helped me over the last 4 or 5 years it’s paid off. JHCox Heiskell Tennessee
Inspect chicks for any bite marks or blowfly larva attached to them. Feet, legs, under wings, etc. If you see any marks on any chick then pick the larva off & change the nest out. We get a lot of blowfly larva here in PA, so I've had to change nests out as early as 2 days old. The more rain the more blowfly larva. Last year it was so bad I was changing the same nests ever couple days.

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