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by Conrad Baker
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MITES! I had no idea!
Replies: 13
Views: 1080

Re: MITES! I had no idea!

Turns out my wife had an old bottle of Sevin powder that was given to her years ago in the garden shed. I put some into the nests and cleaned the exterior off using a spray bottle filled with hot water and some dish detergent. I will check in a couple of days to see if it was effective. How long sh...
by Conrad Baker
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MITES! I had no idea!
Replies: 13
Views: 1080

Re: MITES! I had no idea!

It looks like Sevin (carbryl?) is not available in Canada. Are there any other good options for dusting the nesting material? Check your local gardening shop for Hy-Yield garden, pet, and livestock dust. That's what I use. It contains Permethrin, but is designed to use on pets for fleas, ticks, and...
by Conrad Baker
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mysterious Predator
Replies: 20
Views: 826

Re: Mysterious Predator

Do you have any snakes in your area (rat snakes, etc)?
by Conrad Baker
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone take their housing down yet
Replies: 8
Views: 1569

Re: Anyone take their housing down yet

That's good news. I think they will appreciate the dry housing when all of the rain starts. Good Luck !!
by Conrad Baker
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone take their housing down yet
Replies: 8
Views: 1569

Re: Anyone take their housing down yet

I was going to ask that same question. I think that I'll take mine down this week. I have sparrows perching and hanging out on the porches and I'm afraid that they will get use to the place. I had 4 martins stop by today but soon flew off. I looked for any roosting and the last 2 nights I did not s...
by Conrad Baker
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone take their housing down yet
Replies: 8
Views: 1569

Re: Anyone take their housing down yet

A follow up post….Haven't seen any PM for quite a while, none even in the late evening. Took the houses down yesterday evening, cleaned them up, and patched a few holes. I put them up in January, that was a quick 7 months. Is it too early to start looking forward to next year ?? I already am.....
by Conrad Baker
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Several Thousand Purple Martins Roosting In And Around Our Two Colonies
Replies: 6
Views: 464

Re: Several Thousand Purple Martins Roosting In And Around Our Two Colonies

So that's where my birds have gone !! Take good care of them for me!!
by Conrad Baker
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need your help asap
Replies: 15
Views: 917

Re: Need your help asap

Maybe some scrambled eggs? Someone may be able to give you the best way, I seem to remember not using butter or oil to cook them in. Crickets will work too, as CC suggested, maybe stun them, or freeze them to slow them down a little.
by Conrad Baker
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Beetles?
Replies: 3
Views: 2335

Re: Beetles?

Sevin dust should control them. Not sure what they are. A couple of years ago, I had a lot of small (tinier than yours) brown beetles in my housing after the Martins left for the season. They were not mites, but actually a small beetle. I washed the housing out really well with a weak bleach solutio...
by Conrad Baker
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone take their housing down yet
Replies: 8
Views: 1569

Anyone take their housing down yet

I took my PM Houses down last year around July 1st, and June 28th in 2017. Looks like I'm about ready to take them down again, probably wait til July 1st. Anyone else close to taking theirs down?? I have no birds, other than Starlings and Sparrows landing on them now.
by Conrad Baker
Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: three young disappeared
Replies: 6
Views: 2049

Re: three young disappeared

Could be an Adult male, or a Starling (if he could reach in far enough). In most cases if it was a snake, it would have eaten all of the babies. If it gets full, and there are more babies in the nest, it will usually stay in the housing until it can eat some more then eat the rest. If you see all of...
by Conrad Baker
Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: three young disappeared
Replies: 6
Views: 2049

Re: three young disappeared

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by Conrad Baker
Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: three young disappeared
Replies: 6
Views: 2049

Re: three young disappeared

Could be an Adult male, or a Starling (if he could reach in far enough). In most cases if it was a snake, it would have eaten all of the babies. If it gets full, and there are more babies in the nest, it will usually stay in the housing until it can eat some more then eat the rest. If you see all of...
by Conrad Baker
Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: nestcheck/hawk
Replies: 5
Views: 4478

Re: nestcheck/hawk

I have never used one, but I have read about PM landlords using decoys on their housing. The Hawk attacking the decoy gives the PM a chance to get away. Not sure if it works, or how many times a Hawk will be fooled by it, but it could be worth a try. Maybe someone who has used a decoy successfully w...
by Conrad Baker
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A Promising Start Pt. 2
Replies: 40
Views: 18452

Re: A Promising Start Pt. 2

Congrats to you and Percy. Nice setup and great photos.
by Conrad Baker
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: When to expect migration south?
Replies: 8
Views: 5128

Re: When to expect migration south?

Seems most of mine are gone. I checked the houses yesterday for babies, eggs, and the ones that didn't survive, and the houses were empty. About 7:00 pm, several came back to the house (or they were visitors to spend the night). Seems like the season is winding down.
by Conrad Baker
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Recent Gourds Maintenance
Replies: 13
Views: 5554

Re: Recent Gourds Maintenance

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by Conrad Baker
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Recent Gourds Maintenance
Replies: 13
Views: 5554

Re: Recent Gourds Maintenance

Brought down gourds yesterday to find two gourds, having 5 eggs each last week, now empty. We have Troyer gourds with tunnels. We use predator guards and deer netting. Then as we had the rack down and were recording nests and chicks (predator guard and netting off for the check), a rat snake climbe...
by Conrad Baker
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Removing old nest
Replies: 11
Views: 3117

Re: Removing old nest

For the most part martins won't have a second set of eggs unless something went wrong very early on in the season with the first set of eggs. If it was later in the season and the babies were killed more then likely they wouldn't lay more eggs at that point. Is it possible the first set on Martins ...
by Conrad Baker
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Removing old nest
Replies: 11
Views: 3117

Re: Removing old nest

I don't remove any nesting until after the season. It seems the Martins have a second brooding, and I think they would feel more comfortable and likely to re use the nest if nothing has changed. I suppose the same Martins use the same nest for their second brooding. I may add a little more pine need...

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