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GFB
Posts: 65
Joined: Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:05 pm
Location: Ontario NY
Martin Colony History: I Started my first colony with my father in the late 1960's. Started building custom vinyl Martin houses last year 2018 and was successful with 10 birds fledged and it looks like several dozen birds are hanging around. Time to expand.
2018: 1 T-14 and 6 gourds. Fledged 10
2019: 2 T-14's and 6 gourds. Fledged 70
2020: 2 T-14's and 6 gourds. Fledged 111

I found another jumper, I'm guessing its around 22 days old and isn't quite able to fly yet sitting on the winch that raises and lowers the gourd rack today. The problem I had was I might have put it in the wrong gourd! Its chaos time around here with 123 hatchlings and lots of visitors around coaxing them to keep flying. My record book with the number and age of the babies and what gourd or house they live in was useless today because the flyers went in to any house the wanted, messing with my numbers. I put it a gourd that had some babies around the same age and from what I could tell the adults at that gourd kept going in and out with bugs but I'm not sure how martins are about feeding an extra mouth that doesn't belong to them. Could someone let me know if I did the right thing?
ToyinPA
Posts: 2126
Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:07 pm
Location: PA/Avis
Martin Colony History: The 1972 St. Agnes flood wiped out all the Martins in my area. One day, in 1997-98, 5 or 6 Martins landed on the power wires crossing my back yard. I had no house for them. They kept coming back day after day. We got a martin house a few weeks later & they have been coming back every year since. I average 12-15 pair per year.

Usually they will accept & feed any chick. However if their chicks are close to fledging they may stop feeding the adopted chick. If he isn't getting fed he will jump again. Keep trying to find his cavity if possible.

Toy in PA
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flyin-lowe
Posts: 2962
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

I am in the same boat. Last count I have over 170 young and they started fledging last week. I quit lowering the housing to the week before because it was in the high 90's and I didn't want to cause any jumpers. So far this week I have found 6 on the ground. I put for of them back into random cavities via a ladder. One of them was able to fly after I gave him a toss in the air, just couldn't get going from the ground. The other fluttered away not getting of the ground before I was able to get to it and find it. I just do the best and can.
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
GFB
Posts: 65
Joined: Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:05 pm
Location: Ontario NY
Martin Colony History: I Started my first colony with my father in the late 1960's. Started building custom vinyl Martin houses last year 2018 and was successful with 10 birds fledged and it looks like several dozen birds are hanging around. Time to expand.
2018: 1 T-14 and 6 gourds. Fledged 10
2019: 2 T-14's and 6 gourds. Fledged 70
2020: 2 T-14's and 6 gourds. Fledged 111

Thanks for the advice. I didn't have any jumpers today so I believe they are feeding it. I think I'll start marking jumpers with a spot of different color paint on one of its legs so I can tell if its the same one jumping.
ToyinPA
Posts: 2126
Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:07 pm
Location: PA/Avis
Martin Colony History: The 1972 St. Agnes flood wiped out all the Martins in my area. One day, in 1997-98, 5 or 6 Martins landed on the power wires crossing my back yard. I had no house for them. They kept coming back day after day. We got a martin house a few weeks later & they have been coming back every year since. I average 12-15 pair per year.

GFB wrote:
Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:44 pm
Thanks for the advice. I didn't have any jumpers today so I believe they are feeding it. I think I'll start marking jumpers with a spot of different color paint on one of its legs so I can tell if its the same one jumping.
Please do not put any paint on the legs. It will not only damage the feathers, but can cause injury to their skin. You can use nail polish on their toenails.

Toy in PA
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