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by ToyinPA
Sat Jun 12, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 24
Views: 1697

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux

Gotham It's pretty natural they left, but they may come back too. There is safety in numbers, so they may have decided to go to your neighbors colony. They often stay a few days, leave, come back, leave, etc. If they decide to stay you'll see them nest building. Sometimes the SY's play house, but th...
by ToyinPA
Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A gourd rack of death
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: A gourd rack of death

Did the chicks have "pasty butt"? If so it's hard to keep them going without daily butt cleaning until they get over it. Paper towels soaked in warm water, carefully wash the crusted poop off. I then put a very tiny amount of Vaseline on their butt, with a Q-tip, to help keep it from getting crusted...
by ToyinPA
Wed Jun 09, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 24
Views: 1697

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux

Your SY could still find a mate. Lots of time left yet & many still migrating. If you see more martins at your housing or flying about I'd open a couple rooms on the east side. The east side gets less afternoon sun. You will never get rid of all the HS, but you can lower the amount by destroying the...
by ToyinPA
Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 24
Views: 1697

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux

A single SY will often hang out with a pair. I've had single SY female & even SY males hang with a ASY pair the entire season. They usually sleep in a different cavity tho. Some SY's are just not ready to mate & have chicks. A pair will often move from one cavity to another until they finally decide...
by ToyinPA
Sun May 30, 2021 10:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Smaller Subbies ??
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Re: Smaller Subbies ??

Bill:

I haven't seen any SY Males yet, but the SY females that are here do seem smaller than previous years. This cold eat weather allowed me to just train 4 SY Females to supplement feed in the last 2 days.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Wed May 26, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: All my martins are dying. Any advice?
Replies: 15
Views: 777

Re: All my martins are dying. Any advice?

Wow what a shame. They can not find food during bad weather, so supplement feeding is required to keep them going until the weather gets better. After day 3 of bad weather....rain, cold, high winds, snow, etc., they start to weaken. By day 4 some may be too weak to fly. Dehydrated meal worms offer l...
by ToyinPA
Mon May 24, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Jumpers
Replies: 6
Views: 718

Re: Jumpers

Yes high winds can also hamper parents finding food. Hunger will cause the chicks to become desperate & try to fledge. Hand feeding may save some, but not all. Some may be too weak to digest food. Do what you can. Nature has the last word.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Mon May 24, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Jumpers
Replies: 6
Views: 718

Re: Jumpers

Are you saying these chicks are 5-7 days from fledging? If so parents often stop feeding so the chicks will fledge. Dead chicks in each nest suggests it's the heat or lack of insects. The downside is if it's hot they can dehydrate quickly. Once dehydrated they become too weak to eat. Parents also ma...
by ToyinPA
Sat May 22, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What would you have done?
Replies: 4
Views: 1111

Re: What would you have done?

Often it's the work of SY males pulling chicks out. If they are weak they probably won't survive. Check the nests tomorrow & remove any dead chicks.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Fri May 21, 2021 11:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Attracting Martins
Replies: 6
Views: 1247

Re: Attracting Martins

To make nests look used just smear a little mud around the entrance & just inside the entrance. You could just move bird poop, but I wouldn't.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Fri May 21, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: On the map
Replies: 7
Views: 1278

Re: On the map

Dan:
Yep that's an ASY Female. Looks like she is nest building. Congrats :).

Dan you can reach me at: tergott@comcast.net

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Sat May 15, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: On the map
Replies: 7
Views: 1278

Re: On the map

Hi Dan:

I hope he stays & you finally get a start. I haven't seen any SY Males yet, but have had SY females here.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Thu May 13, 2021 6:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Difficult to Tally Losses
Replies: 3
Views: 456

Re: Difficult to Tally Losses

Yes Bill these cold wet springs are very hard on the martins. They can't feed or stay warm. It's hard to count how many you really have until nest building & egg laying takes place. Some will arrive, stay a day to a few plus days then leave & move on. They are often just stopping over for a rest & t...
by ToyinPA
Mon May 10, 2021 6:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Nightmare Day
Replies: 4
Views: 618

Re: Nightmare Day

You tried Bill. You hate to lose any. Cold, wet, windy weather is bad for feeding & even tho you try to supplement you can't force them to do it. Females seem to hang back, as males are more aggressive. I'd guess lack of insects along migrations path. They can't feed much on the way, get here only t...
by ToyinPA
Sat May 08, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Training Martin's to take food...how?
Replies: 15
Views: 2942

Re: Training Martin's to take food...how?

As they say, just takes that first one. Made another June bug trap, they really keyed on the spiraling flying motion of those bugs. Yeah the winter lesson and the info here inspired the attempt. Just have to keep it up and train train train. Once you have them trained they do not forget. Each one t...
by ToyinPA
Wed May 05, 2021 4:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question
Replies: 8
Views: 2003

Re: Question

[/quote] Taking a stab here at this assumption of mind. That they leave Brazil and the Amazon because they don't furnish breeding houses in Brazil and the Amazon for nesting.So they come to US to find free housing to nest in. Again thanks [/quote] No. Migration has nothing to do with bird houses. Al...
by ToyinPA
Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Chicadee Interference Redux
Replies: 24
Views: 1697

Re: Chicadee Interference Redux

I can't tell by your photos, but adding adhesive grit strip below each entrance, & inside as well, may help them get better traction to get in & out. I'd use 2-3 inch wide/deep strip & it should be as wide as the openings. So I'm guessing at least 2 inches wide/deep x 3 inches wide/across. The name ...
by ToyinPA
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins are arriving in northwest PA
Replies: 5
Views: 1788

Re: Purple Martins are arriving in northwest PA

It's these darn north winds delaying them. Supposed to get southerly winds mid week for a few days. Hopefully that'll push them northward. Actually we have very few birds here of any kind right now. We've seen several Robins, but only a couple each of HS, Starlings, Crows, Carolina Wrens & one male ...
by ToyinPA
Sat Apr 03, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: MARTIN POLE IDEAS
Replies: 11
Views: 2529

Re: MARTIN POLE IDEAS

by ToyinPA
Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins are arriving in northwest PA
Replies: 5
Views: 1788

Re: Purple Martins are arriving in northwest PA

Watching & waiting in central PA. I have a few rooms open, but nothing yet.

Toy in PA