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by KathyF
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: RIP PM
Replies: 14
Views: 361

Re: RIP PM

Agreed with Matt F. - starling attack. Trap, shoot and make your entrances SREH.
by KathyF
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Welcome Home! First 2019 arrivals for Licking, MO!
Replies: 9
Views: 231

Re: Welcome Home! First 2019 arrivals for Licking, MO!

Congratulations Kathy, and also to Jeff. After visiting with you and Jeff at the Springfield presentation on Saturday my wife and I got home and saw an ASY male on the gourd rack. I think it such a coincidence that we get our first arrivals close to the same time. Hope the weather continues to impr...
by KathyF
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Welcome Home! First 2019 arrivals for Licking, MO!
Replies: 9
Views: 231

Re: Welcome Home! First 2019 arrivals for Licking, MO!

Jeff Robinson wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:07 pm
Alright Kathy! My first arrival is today as well - ASY female now waiting for some company!
Jeff, I figured they would show up, if we would just quit watching the skies for them and go do something else!
Hope you have a great martin season!
by KathyF
Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Missouri Dept. Conservation (MDC) purple martin event pictures - 3/9
Replies: 0
Views: 102

Missouri Dept. Conservation (MDC) purple martin event pictures - 3/9

Jeff Robinson and I had a great time on Saturday, March 9th., hosting a purple martin event for the MDC. Thanks John Miller for setting it up! Go to the link below and after clicking on the first picture it will launch full screen, and you can then click through the rest of them http://kathyfreeze.b...
by KathyF
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Welcome Home! First 2019 arrivals for Licking, MO!
Replies: 9
Views: 231

Welcome Home! First 2019 arrivals for Licking, MO!

First arrivals for 2019 - today. Both ASY males came circling and squawking in as I filled my bird feeders. EVERY year, they arrive when I'm out in the yard.
Licking, MO
by KathyF
Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: EFFECTS OF SUPPLEMENTAL CALCIUM ON THE GROWTH RATE OF AN INSECTIVOROUS BIRD: THE PURPLE MARTIN (Progne subis)
Replies: 15
Views: 2363

Re: EFFECTS OF SUPPLEMENTAL CALCIUM ON THE GROWTH RATE OF AN INSECTIVOROUS BIRD: THE PURPLE MARTIN (Progne subis)

I feed egg shells to. I microwave mine. Is there a good way to keep eggshells all year until needed? I bake mine at 225 deg. for 12-15 minutes. With all the recent problems with e.coli, etc., I decided to not take the risk that a microwave wouldn't kill the bacteria. Then, I crush and store in a Zi...
by KathyF
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Completed Natural Gourds
Replies: 9
Views: 2552

Re: Completed Natural Gourds

I have been making up a few natural gourds. The Martins really do like naturals but I do plan to keep replacing with plastic each year just for the simplicity of it. I'm going to post a couple of pictures if I remember how, showing one with an ultimate clinger tunnel and the other with a cedar tunn...
by KathyF
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Advice for Adding House to Gourd Setup?
Replies: 6
Views: 1348

Re: Advice for Adding House to Gourd Setup?

The T-14s are nice houses. I thought about putting up one here for awhile. But they will require maintenance and I don't have time for that, along with my full-time job. The other thing I didn't like about the T14s is one door will open multiple cavities at once. And if you have ready-to-fledge nest...
by KathyF
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Racoon attack - can I move some babies?
Replies: 11
Views: 1991

Re: Racoon attack - can I move some babies?

Make sure your predator guards are properly sized & mounted, or the raccoons will be back:

https://www.purplemartin.org/uploads/me ... es-496.pdf

and read this one too:
https://www.purplemartin.org/uploads/me ... ds-410.pdf
by KathyF
Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mites
Replies: 3
Views: 1011

Re: Mites

jpp77 wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:56 pm
Do mites only appear on the exterior of gourds when it’s hot and sunny or would they also be seen when it’s 85 and cloudy?
Yes... :lol: :lol: :lol:
by KathyF
Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Serious Question
Replies: 26
Views: 3546

Re: Serious Question

RR- I would ask for the owner's contact information, call him & ask if you could take the housing down for him @ no charge - (use whatever excuse - you want to use them for a public project you're working on, etc., etc. - ((that would be true, right?? :lol: :lol: ). That would be the right & legal w...
by KathyF
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental feeding with superworms
Replies: 14
Views: 2230

Re: Supplemental feeding with superworms

Boy, reading through Penny's old posts sure bring back some memories. I miss her...

Another one about using frozen crickets / mealworms - just don't try to keep them for years & years. :lol:
https://www.purplemartin.org/forum/view ... =mealworms
by KathyF
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental feeding with superworms
Replies: 14
Views: 2230

Re: Supplemental feeding with superworms

I just did a quick search and here's one post by Penny mentioning the dried mealworms:


https://www.purplemartin.org/forum/view ... =mealworms
by KathyF
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental feeding with superworms
Replies: 14
Views: 2230

Re: Supplemental feeding with superworms

Hi Kathy. Perhaps she was referring to their role in rehabilitation of a sick or dying bird. There would be much better sources of nutrition for that. But for sustaining health mealworms may be perfectly fine. If they have no nutritional value then I am not sure what is keeping all our Martins aliv...
by KathyF
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental feeding with superworms
Replies: 14
Views: 2230

Re: Supplemental feeding with superworms

pmlover wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:18 pm
where do you get the superworms and is that what you google
PMlover, - here is a direct link to the ones I get: http://www.rainbowmealworms.net/superworms/
by KathyF
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental feeding with superworms
Replies: 14
Views: 2230

Re: Supplemental feeding with superworms

I just tried out this place last week, and I'm thrilled with them. Not only were their zophobas cheaper than other places, (I order 1000), but you can get cheaper options for shipping. So, I spent around $25 for them, and the other sites I would have spent almost $50. http://www.rainbowmealworms.net/
by KathyF
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental feeding with superworms
Replies: 14
Views: 2230

Re: Supplemental feeding with superworms

Thank you for your replies. Kathy, does that mean that any insect that is frozen has no value? I have been buying crickets and super worms and putting them in the freezer and using as needed. I have gone through way more than I thought I would but it is so fun to feed them!!! I have been thawing th...
by KathyF
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental feeding with superworms
Replies: 14
Views: 2230

Re: Supplemental feeding with superworms

Doug, when our long lost bird rehabber, Penny Casey-Halstead was helping out a lot on these forums, she addressed the topic of freeze-dried mealworms and said they are zero nutritional value once they are freeze-dried and very, very difficult to rehydrate. So, in my opinion, they may offer some 'fib...
by KathyF
Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Missouri Purple Martins - A Mid-season Update
Replies: 2
Views: 699

Re: Missouri Purple Martins - A Mid-season Update

Hey flyin - my evolution with Sevin dust - I started out with just cardboard squares sprayed with liquid Sevin dust and shoved under all the nests. Well, that didn't last long. After a while, I found out Sevin dust doesn't really work after it becomes wet and it can get really wet here in Missouri i...
by KathyF
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Missouri Purple Martins - A Mid-season Update
Replies: 2
Views: 699

Missouri Purple Martins - A Mid-season Update

Even though the heat is sometimes unbearable here in Missouri, I still try to push through with the nest changes. The martins' timing this year meant that I had a total of 57 nest changes that all came due this week. I ended up changing 63 nests as I worked through them. Thank goodness my back survi...

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