Better storage of my gourds

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jpp77
Posts: 166
Joined: Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:21 pm
Location: Lawrence, KS
Martin Colony History: 2015 - 1 pair, not successful (Sparrows)
2016 - 1 pair, 4 young
2017 - 5 pair, 23 young
2018 - 8 pair, 40 young, two deaths most likely due to heat.
2019 - 18 pair, 74 eggs, 1 nest abandoned, all the rest successful.

Better storage of my gourds

Postby jpp77 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:16 am

Needed a better way to store my gourds in the off-season, so built this in my shop. Nothing fancy, but it's definitely a space saver. Room for another row below if I decide to expend by one more gourd rack.
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Dale D
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Joined: Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:11 am
Location: Orlando, Fl
Martin Colony History: Landlord since 2004

Re: Better storage of my gourds

Postby Dale D » Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:47 pm

Very organized! Nice job!
Orlando, FL Landlord since 2004
Offer 32 Cavities Total

Dave Reynolds
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Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
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: Better storage of my gourds

Postby Dave Reynolds » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:40 pm

..jpp.. Great look,,, nice and neat... Good job

Dave
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2020 -- They are on the way.
2019 -- First pair, 5 eggs, 5 hatched, 5 fledged :wink:
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors

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

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jpp77
Posts: 166
Joined: Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:21 pm
Location: Lawrence, KS
Martin Colony History: 2015 - 1 pair, not successful (Sparrows)
2016 - 1 pair, 4 young
2017 - 5 pair, 23 young
2018 - 8 pair, 40 young, two deaths most likely due to heat.
2019 - 18 pair, 74 eggs, 1 nest abandoned, all the rest successful.

Re: Better storage of my gourds

Postby jpp77 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:01 pm

Thanks! I'm not here to push housing on people, but man my Bo11+ (gourd within a gourd with vent caps) worked like gangbusters this year. Had many days with babies in 105 degree temps with heat indices over 110 and I didn't lose a single baby to heat. I was just sure I would. Can't hang as many on a rack as they are slightly heavier. Maybe I got lucky with wind, etc.. Who knows. Think I may expand to one more Gemini rack. Have 16 gourds on each for a total of 32 and call it good. We shall see.

sugarcreek
Posts: 195
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

Re: Better storage of my gourds

Postby sugarcreek » Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:28 pm

Very impressive
2016 - 1st Yr. 14 Compartments 4 Active Nests 9 fledged, 2.25 Fledged per Active Nest
2017 - 2nd Yr. 36 Compartments 18 Active Nests 65 Fledged, 3.61 Fledged per Active Nest
2018 - 3rd Yr. 54 Compartments 43 Active Nests 169 Fledged, 3.93 Fledged per Active Nest
2019 - 4th Yr. 108 Compartments 67 Active Nests 209 Fledged, 3.12 Fledged per Active Nest
2020 - 5th Yr. 108 Compartments ?

MartinMama
Posts: 5
Joined: Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:00 pm
Location: Riverside, IA
Martin Colony History: 2017 Two (and a lone SY male) SY pairs, 5 & 4 eggs. Hatching began on 6/27
2016 Three SY Martins interested in gourds, but never nested.

I also manage 48 gourds in the town where I live through the Songbird Project. Was off to a very slow start this year, but many more came back last week in May, phew!

Re: Better storage of my gourds

Postby MartinMama » Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:40 pm

Nice! I store mine in mesh ball bags, the ones used for soccer balls. Then I can hang the whole bunch of them on a hook on the wall or from the ceiling.

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.

Re: Better storage of my gourds

Postby Rodger Drye » Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:06 pm

You got it looking good.
I built a 3’ x 3’ x 8’ box that mounts on the front forks of my tractor. Then I simply transport them to my metal shop. Used to transport them in several trips in my UTV. This new way really saves time. Plus only have to handle them 1 time instead of 4.

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Dave Duit
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Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: state:Iowa / town:Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2019, 54 pair with 218 fledged youngsters. 83 total compartments available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified trio metal house units, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Re: Better storage of my gourds

Postby Dave Duit » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:19 am

Looks great. I hang all 60 of my THGs in the loft of my wood working building on suspended metal rods that thread through the gourd holes. the rods are themselves threaded on the ends and screw into a turnbuckle and then into a eye bolt on one end and a hook bolt on the other end. The eye bolt and hook bolt then connect to each end of my shed. I like to hear about everyone new ideas on storage of gourds.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.

jpp77
Posts: 166
Joined: Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:21 pm
Location: Lawrence, KS
Martin Colony History: 2015 - 1 pair, not successful (Sparrows)
2016 - 1 pair, 4 young
2017 - 5 pair, 23 young
2018 - 8 pair, 40 young, two deaths most likely due to heat.
2019 - 18 pair, 74 eggs, 1 nest abandoned, all the rest successful.

Re: Better storage of my gourds

Postby jpp77 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:52 am

Sounds nice!


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