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by Dave Duit
Sun Jun 20, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Stop martins from running into your house windows. collidescape.org
Replies: 0
Views: 27

Stop martins from running into your house windows. collidescape.org

Hi everyone, Last fall I put in a patio sliding door which is somewhat wide and tall. The reflective nature of most windows causes birds to mistake the window as a reflection of the what is outside, therefore birds will sometimes injure themselves by crashing into the window. I did some research and...
by Dave Duit
Sun Jun 20, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Jumper-Need help with feeding info
Replies: 9
Views: 98

Re: Jumper-Need help with feeding info

Sorry to hear the bad news. If ever again this happens, at least you have the info now to tend to injured or sick martins.
by Dave Duit
Sun Jun 20, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Fall Out Shelter for jumpers
Replies: 2
Views: 41

Re: Fall Out Shelter for jumpers

I have a fallout shelter placed in the middle of the gourd rack. I have had mixed success, just like Mel said in the video. Some will stay and allow parents to continue feeding, other youngsters just keep jumping.
by Dave Duit
Sat Jun 19, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Jumper-Need help with feeding info
Replies: 9
Views: 98

Re: Jumper-Need help with feeding info

Hi Conrad, I'm so sorry about my delay on responding. I sent you a personal reply to your email. If you don't receive it, please google in purple martin rehabilitation and click on the first entry titled, " Tending to sick, injured or orphaned purple martins". I hope I didn't get to you too late.
by Dave Duit
Thu Jun 17, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Open House / Field Day Kalona, Iowa Saturday June 19th details
Replies: 0
Views: 26

Purple Martin Open House / Field Day Kalona, Iowa Saturday June 19th details

Purple Martin Open House/Field Day - Saturday, June 19, 2021 - Evan & Ethel Gingerich residence An open house/field day on Purple martins will be held Saturday, June 19, at the residence of Evan & Ethel Gingerich, 2282 Johnson- Washington Road, from 9 am to 2 pm. The Gingerich residence (also the si...
by Dave Duit
Thu Jun 17, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My challenging first 'colony'
Replies: 8
Views: 97

Re: My challenging first 'colony'

Hi Birdiegirl, My best advice and I know this sound very general is; hang in there. The occurences such as yours are not unheard of, but keep in mind that martins are resilient. A storm of that level can make things difficult. The good news is that your do have a few martins left and the beginning o...
by Dave Duit
Wed Jun 16, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mites!!!
Replies: 22
Views: 179

Re: Mites!!!

Hi Conrad,
You are correct on the danger of DE. DE goes airborne and can severely irritate the lungs of all birds. Just a repeat for everyone, DON'T USE DE for mite control.
by Dave Duit
Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need advice on nutty chicks
Replies: 6
Views: 97

Re: Need advice on nutty chicks

That is good news that they are going back in the compartment when they need to. I have a feeling all will be fine.
by Dave Duit
Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need advice on nutty chicks
Replies: 6
Views: 97

Re: Need advice on nutty chicks

That is a good thought on opening the other side, but the parents may only go to the existing side to continue feeding the young. When the young reach the age of being able to take first flight, the parents sometimes reduce the amount of feeding their young to encourage them to leave the nest. If th...
by Dave Duit
Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone know the estimated martin population numbers?
Replies: 4
Views: 145

Re: Anyone know the estimated martin population numbers?

Thanks John,
I do have 15 minute youtube video out on martins that touches on the different species of martins if you ever wanted to take a peek. Just google in : Purple Martin Life by Dave Duit. Last estimate I saw was also 7 million.
by Dave Duit
Wed Jun 09, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Iowa martin population increase 2021.
Replies: 5
Views: 716

Re: Iowa martin population increase 2021.

Hi Rob, Some landlords have better success trying scramble eggs bits first and place them right on the porch. Remeber not to use oil when scrambling eggs and don't use scrambled eggs for extended times, due to the fact it can cause runny stools. If you google in supplement feeding, there will probab...
by Dave Duit
Fri Jun 04, 2021 8:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Who is using Avian Insect Liquidator?
Replies: 2
Views: 124

Re: Who is using Avian Insect Liquidator?

HI there, it was me. AIL or Avian Insect Liquidator is a miracle. Sometimes it is difficult to find online. I use it and have seen great results. I wished more people would research it and use it.
by Dave Duit
Thu Jun 03, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Iowa martin population increase 2021.
Replies: 5
Views: 716

Re: Iowa martin population increase 2021.

Hi Dave, Of those that have established colonies the numbers are up. But, for those still waiting to start a colony, I'm hoping that there will be more action. Even if a person doesn't see a successful start this year, my hope is that on their migration south, the new babies will take note for their...
by Dave Duit
Tue Jun 01, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Unhatched eggs: When to discard
Replies: 3
Views: 140

Re: Unhatched eggs: When to discard

I would leave those eggs as is. The parents usually will push a dud egg out onto the porch or near the front of the cavity on their own. Since you have at least five eggs, it leads me to think it is an ASY pair. SY pair will sometimes just build the nest and have one egg, which is sometimes infertil...
by Dave Duit
Sat May 29, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Attention Dave Duit
Replies: 1
Views: 160

Re: Attention Dave Duit

Thanks phil. Although I already knew about these amazing abilities, I appreciate the thread.
by Dave Duit
Fri May 28, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dinosaur and Purple Martin Trivia
Replies: 2
Views: 351

Re: Dinosaur and Purple Martin Trivia

Thank you philsand for these interesting tid bits. I'm a triva buff and any thing martin related perks my interest. Thanks again.
by Dave Duit
Wed May 26, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Iowa martin population increase 2021.
Replies: 5
Views: 716

Iowa martin population increase 2021.

I have been receiving multiple reports of huge increases in the numbers of martins so far this season; espeacially SY martins. I'm assuming other midwest states are experiencing the same. I think the great success last year is producing the huge numbers this year. Best of luck everyone.
by Dave Duit
Mon May 24, 2021 12:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nest Check 11
Replies: 1
Views: 743

Re: Nest Check 11

Thank you Mike for the numbers. It it always fun seeing success at other colonies. Congrats.
by Dave Duit
Sun May 23, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Smeared mud "lived in look" examples
Replies: 2
Views: 1009

Re: Smeared mud "lived in look" examples

Thank you for these examples deancamp. These thread and the little details do make a difference to all in the future, especially the beginners. Much appreciated.
by Dave Duit
Sun May 23, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Baby on ground
Replies: 5
Views: 935

Re: Baby on ground

As the years go by you will learn new things and experiences will help you be successful in the years ahead. I wish you the best.