Supplemental feeding & Purple Martins

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Supplemental feeding & Purple Martins

Postby Forum Admin » Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:44 pm

How to feed, when, etc ... l-feeding/ ... de-416.pdf

Feeding video

A good source of online insects is
If you order several boxes at once, that brings shipping cost per box way down. Freeze on arrival - you can order boxes of crickets and mealworms or zophobas worms in one order, they all freeze just fine.
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Re: Supplemental feeding & Purple Martins

Postby jkudywoods » Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:25 am

Thanks for the information.

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Re: Supplemental feeding & Purple Martins

Postby jpp77 » Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:22 pm

I'm a little bit of a worrier so this helps. 51 degrees today and 15mph winds. However, yesterday it was 70 and tomorrow it will be 62 so I won't worry about today. Second year with Martins so I want to make sure all goes well

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Re: Supplemental feeding & Purple Martins

Postby Jason234 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:25 pm

Anyone else hear that Minnesota suppose to get 1ft of snow?

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Re: Supplemental feeding & Purple Martins

Postby MartinMama » Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:22 pm

Yes, and some areas almost 2'! I saw that scout reports are as far north as St. Cloud, MN :( This does not bode well for those early birds, unfortunately. Heartbreaking when a big Spring storm of this magnitude hits so late.

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Re: Supplemental feeding & Purple Martins

Postby D. Doll MN » Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:42 pm

As long as the ponds keep warming up there should be some bug hatches. If not and still worried buy some crickets to try training to feed and eat after the haven't eaten for three days. I have had crickets in freezer from last year, some nutrition may be gone but if there hungary they may feed on them.
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