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rrmartins
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Location: Round Rock, TX

I have three late nest that starting hatching yesterday. We’re going to have 111 heat index in the days to come. I’ve made three very thin ice packs out of sandwich baggies and plan on putting them under the nest trays, will this help? If so I will make some more so I can rotate them out. Or am I better standing them up behind the nest trays? I have a T14 with vents.
Thanks in advance!!!
2020
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
Louise Chambers
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You might want to figure out a way to shade the rooms with the late nests in them - you could shade the roof sections and the side walls that are exposed to sunlight. Shadecloth (screening that can be cut with scissors) can be used, or pieces of plastic signboard. Since those nestlings need 3+ weeks til they are ready to fly, and temps are only going UP, adding shade would be an effective way to keep them comfortable longer term. We just put shade over our gourds with late nests this weekend.

some ideas to start with here: http://www.sialis.org/heat.htm
rrmartins
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Ok, thank you Louise!!
2020
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
Spiderman
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Location: Gladewater, Texas

The plastic signboard can be found at Home Depot in 4'X8' sheets.
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
Brad Biddle
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Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:22 pm
Location: Marshall County AL

Use a mister
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 162 plastic gourds with tunnels, all with Conley II entrances with the Lewis modification. I have 24 Supergourds and the rest are Troyer Horizontals.
phldave
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Joined: Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:44 pm
Location: Iowa/Pleasant Hill
Martin Colony History: Started trying in 2012 and still trying

Sure wish I had them up here at my place. Mama's warm tummy would feel pretty good to them at night. It's still comfortable here, almost cool.

Dave
2012 late start
2013 nothing yet, lots a lookers
2014 Bust again
2015 Bust again
2016 Bust again
2017 Bust again
2018 April 14 a group joined me, but moved on after a week
2019 Had SY male seriously check me out but didn't stay
flyin-lowe
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Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

I read an article somewhere that the misters can cause humidity increases in the cavities and increase the heat index. I NFL recall what the source was on that though....Someone with more experience then me can better address that.
2021.................HOSP count-5
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
rrmartins
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Location: Round Rock, TX

I’m using crushed ice in baggies stood up behind the nest trays. They lasted 3.5 hrs yesterday and then I refilled them, seemed too have worked good.
2020
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
Brad Biddle
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Location: Marshall County AL

flyin-lowe wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:30 pm
I read an article somewhere that the misters can cause humidity increases in the cavities and increase the heat index. I NFL recall what the source was on that though....Someone with more experience then me can better address that.
I'm not saying that I wrote what you read, but I use to write about that pretty often. At one time I was reading reports of people using misters when the temps were in the 90's. That's absolutely unnecessary. Unfeathered nestlings of any bird do not generate any body heat. Their body temp is supposed to be around 104-105. If they need to be kept at that temperature, then temps below 100 are not going to hurt them. The reason I recommended for this person to use the misters is because of the temps over 110. That's pushing it.
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 162 plastic gourds with tunnels, all with Conley II entrances with the Lewis modification. I have 24 Supergourds and the rest are Troyer Horizontals.
rrmartins
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For two days now the ice packs are working. I have short nest trays so there is plenty room behind them to stand them up. Going to cool off a little, so we’ll see what happens.
2020
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
Sharon - Central TX
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Martin Colony History: All Troyer Horizontal Gourds with Conley Entrances
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RR,
We had a late nest last year that we helped through the month of July. It was brutally hot with temps of 108 some days. So you know the “feels like” temps were even higher. We put ice packs under the nest 2-3 times a day and my husband made a large shade cloth to put over the top. The parents were subadults but hung in there faithfully bringing food in and continuing even after all the other martins had left long before for the roost. In our estimation they earned the Martins of the Year award. The babies made it and fledged on July 28th! What a relief it was!!!
rrmartins
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We’re hoping for the best!!
2020
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
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