Would appreciate some coaching, New at this.

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Congrats fellow Ohioan! I hope to see eggs in my nest check tomorrow. I've 3 pair nest building with green leaves brought in. I had to lower my T-14 and gourd rack around 6pm due to that storm. They claim 75 mph winds and I have lots of limbs down.

It can only be your very first, one time in life so, enjoy.......go browns lol
DML
Posts: 21
Joined: Sun May 24, 2020 7:39 pm
Location: Gallia, OHIO
Martin Colony History: First year

Is it wise to close off my remaining 3 gourds? I have one pair with eggs and that one gourd is all that is being used?
2020 one pair, 3 eggs & 3 fledge
4th Gen Martin Fan
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Joined: Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:19 pm
Location: TN/Collierville
Martin Colony History: I have been exposed to purple martin sounds in utero when my mother went out to get my father away from his martin colony.
I played around the martin colony every summer and watched as my father maintained his colony. In the late 50's until the 70's he did not notice European Starlings in south Texas.
When old enough, I helped maintain his colony. My primary task was eliminating English House Sparrows with a 1956 Benjamin 317 .177 air rifle.
When I settled into my own home, I started my first colony with an original Trio Castle and Trio Grandpa. When I moved again, I did not put up any martin houses. Frustration with European Starlings in the Southeast US was overwhelming.
Found PMCA Forum and learned about modern enlarged compartments and SREHs.
Inherited my father's last martin house, a Trio Grandma, modified it to modern specifications and have had good results since then.

DML,
You can close your 3 unoccupied gourds but I would not. Those open gourds are an invitation to visiting martins for next year, re-nest from a primary nesting failure at another site (storm damage, predator attack, loss of mate), or SY pair who play nesting this year and will return next year as ASY pair.
I use unoccupied housing for "HOSP extermination" to paraphrase another Forum member - "They check in but they don't check out."
Also on the day that your nestlings fledge there will be many martins (up to 20-30) come to encourage and guard your fledglings. What a ruckus!!
That is the day you will realize you are on the martin map.
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Mark.
Firm believer in HOSP/EUST Control, Enlarged Compartments, SREHs, Pole Predator Guards, Owl/Hawk Guards, Mite/Parasite Control, Housing Insulation, and Vents for Compartment Cooling.
PMCA Member.
sugarcreek
Posts: 219
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

Would strongly suggest you call Troyers Bird Paradise and buy his book on Purple marins...It would be so helpful for you...also this website has so much to offer as far as help goes and questions you may have.
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 72 Active Nests 243 Fledged, 3.38 Fledged per Active Nest
DML
Posts: 21
Joined: Sun May 24, 2020 7:39 pm
Location: Gallia, OHIO
Martin Colony History: First year

Thanks for the recommendation, I will get the book
2020 one pair, 3 eggs & 3 fledge
DML
Posts: 21
Joined: Sun May 24, 2020 7:39 pm
Location: Gallia, OHIO
Martin Colony History: First year

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Kinda curious on why so many white eggs shells are left? White egg were from walmart, I eat brown eggs from the farm. Just happened to notice tonight that all the brown egg shells were gone. Comments? Day #14 tomorrow, hopefully my three eggs will hatch this week. Nest check looked of today.
2020 one pair, 3 eggs & 3 fledge
DML
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This evening I had two hatches. Last next check was Tuesday morning early before my travels. I took both out and put in new cedar shavings, small sprinkle of Seven and a few green leaves from my Ash tree. They were clean and no worms, flies etc,...... I have one egg left. This is my first year. Need all the coaching you fine folks can provide.
2020 one pair, 3 eggs & 3 fledge
DML
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Martin Colony History: First year

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After a nest check and recheck later in day, I go nervous because I could not find the new babies. I looked and they were off the green leaf and I saw them moving in the cedar shavings. Mom also drug two of the leaves to the entrance of the groud. I removed them and put the two babies on the single ash tree leaf. Went to my Amish neighbor for advice. I told him I thought I killed them. He laughed and said the cedar is great for mite control and mom will sort them around. He also said do no bother them around the 15 day timeframe. All that moving the groud and shaking will cause them to exit the nest too early. So today after returning from work, the third and final egg hatched. And mom did do a better nest job then I. Next nest check I will remove the ash green leaf, it is evident mom does not appreciate them.
2020 one pair, 3 eggs & 3 fledge
DML
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Joined: Sun May 24, 2020 7:39 pm
Location: Gallia, OHIO
Martin Colony History: First year

Very early nest check 6:30 am. Two are 10 days old one is 8 days. One was separated and cold in the palm of my hand. Did I have a problem? No worms, flies or signs of distress.
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Last nest check and new cedar nest / 7 - today. They are 17 & 18 days old. My understanding is not to mess with them after day 20. I read Andy Troyer’s Purple Martin Journey book and learned from this forum. Thanks to all of you. I only have 3, some reason 5 pictures showed up. I was worried from previous nest check. One chick was separated from the other two and was cold in the palm of my hand. But today it seems ok.
2020 one pair, 3 eggs & 3 fledge
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