Nest checks at my Palm City, FL colony

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mjfog
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Joined: Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:40 pm
Location: Palm City, FL
Martin Colony History: 2018 will be my first try. 6 S&K B09s. 29 eggs - 8 fledged
2019 - 12 Troyer Horizontals with tunnels, 6 S&K B09s and 12 B011s all with tunnels. 43 eggs - 36 fledged
2020 - Rack 1 - 6 B011s, Rack 2 - 24 B011s, and Rack 3 - 24 Troyer Horizontals. All gourds have tunnels, porches and crescent/Conley 11 entrances; racks have predator guards. 161 eggs - 88 fledged

Began my weekly checks on 3/14 this year. I have 3 racks - one of 6 B011s, a second of 24 B011s and a third of 24 Troyer Horizontals. Noticed only increasing nest building from the 14th to the 21st. The 3rd check on 3/28 I saw the first eggs of my season - 10 eggs scattered in 5 gourds of Rack 2. Nice jump on last Saturday's check, 4/4. Four of the 6 gourds on Rack 1 had eggs, 2 with 5 each and 2 with 6 each. Rack 2 increased to 14 gourds with eggs and the count jumped to 57. Had a single gourd with 2 eggs on Rack 3. So my count swelled from 10 to 81 eggs and my number of gourds with eggs went from 5 to 19.

Happy Martining and Geaux Tigers.
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