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by barbiejoe
Fri May 04, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: dead martin
Replies: 8
Views: 2648

Re: dead martin

To "The Smiths:" I cannot figure out how to reply to you. Hope you see this. Thank you for answering my plea for help on a martin caught by the toe. I will begin checking out the gourds. My PMs are eating gravel/oyster shell/eggs. Saw one green leaf go in a gourd Saturday. Good luck to you and thank...
by barbiejoe
Thu May 03, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: dead martin
Replies: 8
Views: 2648

dead martin

Sad day today. I went out to ride my bike back and forth on the driveway beside the PM gourds. It began raining again. Rained most of the day till mid afternoon. I tried my bike again, and on the first round noticed something black hanging from a gourd. It did not look like a bird. So I got closer a...
by barbiejoe
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mite - blowfly control and nest management
Replies: 27
Views: 5702

Re: Mite - blowfly control and nest management

Thank you ToyinPA, (ma'am), Ray Gingerich, and Doug Martin - PA: Thank you all for the good advice and great info. I guess I have tried to hurry too much. I will begin picking up the babies and looking them over this year. Thanks again for taking time to help me. May it be a great year for all of us...
by barbiejoe
Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mite - blowfly control and nest management
Replies: 27
Views: 5702

Re: Mite - blowfly control and nest management

Mr. ToyinPenn: How do you actually get the blowfly larvae off the birds? Especially if the larvae are very small. Can you just rub them off and the rubbing kills them? Do you have to collect them and kill them later? I have not started messing with the babies because I did not want to accidentally h...
by barbiejoe
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Jerrel Johnson doing better
Replies: 21
Views: 3854

Re: Jerrel Johnson doing better

I'm glad to hear Mr. Johnson is better. I have not seen black gourds. In Alabama, wouldn't they just cook the birds when the sun shines hot? I did not know anyone!! had 800 purple martins. What a man! Keep it up, sir. barbiejoe
by barbiejoe
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Opening gourds.
Replies: 4
Views: 1211

Re: Opening gourds.

Thank you Badger, DKC and Dave Duit. I will open a couple more. barbiejoe
by barbiejoe
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Opening gourds.
Replies: 4
Views: 1211

Opening gourds.

I have seen 9 - 11 PM's on my gourds. I have 4 open. Should I open another one or hope they snuggle together? It is to be 20 degrees tonight and cold through Sunday or Monday next week. Today is Friday, so a long cold spell.
by barbiejoe
Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Season Two of the PMCA's Nest Cam is now live!
Replies: 82
Views: 25288

Re: Season Two of the PMCA's Nest Cam is now live!

I have enjoyed checking in every day or so to see how the babies are doing. I cannot see how the babies all get fed. It seems mom or dad just arrives and puts the bug into the nearest mouth. They do not feed as often as I have always thought, either. Something I read suggested each baby bird gets fe...
by barbiejoe
Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 5 egg clutch not hatching - Eggs not hatching
Replies: 14
Views: 3192

Re: 5 egg clutch not hatching - Eggs not hatching

Thank you Toy in PA. I'm looking forward to really going through the nests when the season is over.
barbiejoe
by barbiejoe
Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 5 egg clutch not hatching - Eggs not hatching
Replies: 14
Views: 3192

Re: 5 egg clutch not hatching - Eggs not hatching

Dear sssSmoking: it is a good thing you have the camera. I don't have an answer for you. But I had questions earlier about eggs appearing and disappearing, no explanation except others thought they were attacked by predators. In one nest I had 2 eggs May 31st, 5 E. Jun 6, could find none Jun 9, 2E 6...
by barbiejoe
Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Overheard near the PM gourd pole
Replies: 1
Views: 539

Overheard near the PM gourd pole

Six newly fledged martins were discussing their new abilities....."Boy, I got it! First time out, no problemo!" "Well I did not do that good, but I did pretty well. I caught a large butterfly and ate it on the fly! What do you think of that?" "Well, I bet you nearly choked on the wings is what I thi...
by barbiejoe
Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: disappearing eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 1486

disappearing eggs

I cannot find any mention of missing eggs during nest checks. Am I the only one? I know they must be in the leaves or nesting material, but I cannot find them while gently moving leaves, etc. I feel so stupid because I know they were there last week.
Barbiejoe
by barbiejoe
Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New member looking for advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1600

Re: New member looking for advice

Asmithey: I bought a PMCA excluder gourd with a house sparrow trap to go in it. I was amazed at how large and nice it was, compared to the gourds I have, which I was quite happy with. The excluder gourd's lid on the side should make it much easier to do nest checks. Mine is on the back, and sometime...
by barbiejoe
Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: green leaves and hatching day
Replies: 7
Views: 1578

Re: green leaves and hatching day

I heart birds:
Hey, you may be new at this, but you sure know a lot by watching. I don't get to watch much.
My 14 month old baby is my excuse. Barbiejoe
by barbiejoe
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: green leaves and hatching day
Replies: 7
Views: 1578

Re: green leaves and hatching day

Thank you, Taxidermy Lady. Last year I did not have time to watch the everyday happenings. barbiejoe
by barbiejoe
Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: green leaves and hatching day
Replies: 7
Views: 1578

green leaves and hatching day

I have 3 separate gourds with 4-6 eggs in each one. Today I spent time just watching my 12 gourds, and the PMs belonging to those 3 gourds were carrying green leaves in. I thought that was the last thing to do before egg laying. Anyone else notice Pms adding leaves later? My other observation/questi...
by barbiejoe
Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How long do they try
Replies: 11
Views: 2793

Re: How long do they try

Mhoover: June 6, 2017 In the last 6 days I have had two new batches of eggs laid in two nests. So they are still arriving and beginning to nest. I have 3 to go and then will have 12. One doesn't have any new stuff in it, and two have nests and green leaves. May be a second nest built by a pair nesti...
by barbiejoe
Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How long do they try
Replies: 11
Views: 2793

Re: How long do they try

Mhoover: June 6, 2017 In the last 6 days I have had two new batches of eggs laid in two nests. So they are still arriving and beginning to nest. I have 3 to go and then will have 12. One doesn't have any new stuff in it, and two have nests and green leaves. May be a second nest built by a pair nesti...
by barbiejoe
Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: s&k multi gourd rack 12?
Replies: 23
Views: 6574

Re: s&k multi gourd rack 12?

superman4283 Hi! I have the multi-gourd rack. This is my 2nd season with it. It is on the SP2 2 inch square pole. I have 12 Big Bo Gourd V2's on it, and 9 of them are occupied. Have 6 babies and 36 eggs so far. I like my setup except----I'm wondering how long before the cable rusts out. I don't like...
by barbiejoe
Tue May 16, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: OMG! OMG! OMG!!! I just had 2 purple martins here!!!
Replies: 22
Views: 4698

Re: OMG! OMG! OMG!!! I just had 2 purple martins here!!!

Hey, BillieJR, my first martins in march just flew around and then left. I had all my gourds closed because of interested bluebirds, so I worried, but eventually martins came and stayed. Not sure just when. I have 12 gourds open now, and at various times, there are martins on all the front porches. ...