For the first time in 7 years

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Joined: Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:36 pm
Location: MI, Fruitport

I have baby Martin’s. For the first time in 22 years I have more than 1 pair. 2 pairs laid 11 eggs and all of them hatched this weekend.

I want to do everything I can to protect the youngsters and we’re forecasted for 90+ degrees for the next ten days here in west Michigan. Wasn’t sure if that could potentially be fatal for chicks that young so I did a little modification to the gourds that have nests. Sun shades made from 1/4” pvc sheeting. I saw how much the parents would come to the entrance and pant while they were incubating with temps only in the mid 80s. I have a bunch of extra troyer tunnels that I plan to swap out the round hole tunnels for soon. I was at the point where I’d try anything to attract Martin’s and offering a few round holes to the setup was a risk I was willing to take for the time being.

Let me know what you guys and gals think.
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2013, back in the game with a pair at my satelite colony that has eggs due to hatch around July 7th
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1935
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".

.... Wow,,, That is good news... 22 years is a long time to wait for that first pair... I know the feeling, I got my first pair last year after a lot of trying and changing things up every few years.. Seems like it took forever.. Got one pair again this year with eggs now, and a single male has showed up without a mate.. He’s content to hang around a watch the other pair.

Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — First arrival on April 5, 2021

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Peter Alberda
Posts: 175
Joined: Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:09 pm
Location: Michigan, Zeeland
Martin Colony History: Started with Amish copy of Trendsetter 12 room house, added Trio Grandpa with expanded rooms, and North Star 8. Taking Trendsetter down this spring and adding gourd rack.

You do have a predictor guard, right? I have a pair after six years so I know a bit of your pain. They are due to hatch in the next few days.
2020 - A pair of SY birds with three nice chicks. Lots of visitors all year long.
2015-2019 - A few lookers.
2014 - ASY male and SY female fledged four chicks.
2013 - Several visitors but none stayed to nest.
2012 - Lots of visitors all season long. We had a pair of sys but no chicks survived.
2011 - New location - A few visitors
2010 - First year – Poor house location.
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