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by ToyinPA
Sat Feb 27, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Questions For Steve Kroenke
Replies: 5
Views: 1909

Re: Questions For Steve Kroenke

Steve posts on the PMCA FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Prognesubis/

He posted that he & his neighbor Bob lost all their early arrivals. I think it was around 30 total. Haven't seen a post from him since.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Weat Straw
Replies: 3
Views: 1001

Re: Weat Straw

Unk: It can be confusing depending on what part of the country you live. I'm north (central PA), so we usually say "pine needles", while others call it pine straw. Pine straw (dried white pine needles) is best as it doesn't absorb water like wheat straw does & it dries quickly. The best time of the ...
by ToyinPA
Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Start a new adult arrival report ?
Replies: 11
Views: 2265

Re: Start a new adult arrival report ?

With all of my birds dead and/or gone, I was just wondering if I should report an arrival sighting if I see one? I am hoping no one else has lost all of their birds, but maybe we should start a new list of NEW arrivals? I would think since you had birds arrive & reported them that is the report the...
by ToyinPA
Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Training Martin's to take food...how?
Replies: 15
Views: 3596

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

It looks like I'll lose many of my birds to this cold. Found 3 dead in cavities and observed many weak ones. Still two more cold days ahead. I tried and tried to flip crickets, meal worms and eggs to no no success. I want to train them to retrieve the food I flick to them. How do you do it? Tell me...
by ToyinPA
Sat Feb 13, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pre Nesting Question
Replies: 2
Views: 1182

Re: Pre Nesting Question

I'm in central PA. I pre-nest with white pine needles. Best time to gather is late October/early November. You want the recent drop, as they will stay soft. So just rake up the very top layer. When I gather them I try to also gather dried leaves (oak is best) & some small twigs. I mix them in. Later...
by ToyinPA
Sat Feb 06, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: COLD WEATHER ALERT-LOUISIANA!!
Replies: 6
Views: 2082

Re: COLD WEATHER ALERT-LOUISIANA!!

Also check for martins stuck in cramped compartments. They will often huddle together & get stuck inside.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Very cold weather for the south next weekend?
Replies: 18
Views: 4159

Re: Very cold weather for the south next weekend?

I end up feeding every spring when they arrive. They normally show up exhausted & hungry. Weather always turns cold, we have freezing rain or snow. I've had to feed for 11 days in a row due to bad weather. I go thru 5000-6000, 3/4-1 inch size crickets a year. You should expect each martin to eat 10-...
by ToyinPA
Tue Jan 26, 2021 2:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: The Disappearing Culture of Purple Martin Landlords | JSTOR Daily
Replies: 22
Views: 6303

Re: The Disappearing Culture of Purple Martin Landlords | JSTOR Daily

The "article" doesn't seem like it's much more than copied & pasted info from various articles & posts written over time. No mention of depleting habitat in both their summer & winter areas, major lack of insects due to over use of pesticides & the constant attack from non-native birds. The "capital...
by ToyinPA
Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone have an explanation?!
Replies: 4
Views: 1984

Re: Anyone have an explanation?!

I'd guess possible predator. Do you have snake nets, owl guards, SREH? Pecked eggs sound like HS got in. Abandoned nests could be any of those or the female got killed by a hawk. I had a nest of 4 eggs, female was SY male ASY. She went missing while off feeding, so I assume a hawk got her. Are your ...
by ToyinPA
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Birds come and Go for days, week??
Replies: 4
Views: 2273

Re: Birds come and Go for days, week??

The parents take the chicks out to learn life lessons. They will usually return to the houses just before dark, but not all do. They can come in so fast you don't see them & they leave at day break. Some parents keep the chicks out in trees for a couple weeks. After they've learned life lessons the ...
by ToyinPA
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Freezing crickets and meal worms
Replies: 2
Views: 1174

Re: Freezing crickets and meal worms

Yes. I always have left over crickets from one season to the next. If possible place your plastic bags containing the crickets & meal worms in a brown paper bag & tape it shut. The brown paper bags help to prevent freezer burn & icing. Everything we place in our freezers are in brown paper bags. Toy...
by ToyinPA
Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Successful Year
Replies: 7
Views: 2910

Re: Successful Year

Congrats Bill. Sounds like you had a good martin season. Our area is the same. Hardly any to no rain. Yards all burned up. This is the first year I had no blowfly larva problems. Mine have all fledged. Due to the high heat & humidity I helped them all along by flipping crickets or hand feeding. Had ...
by ToyinPA
Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?
Replies: 9
Views: 3049

Re: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?

Thank goodness!!! Don't assume because she is visiting she is feeding. Check them daily for dehydration & being under fed. Wrinkled abdomen is dehydration. Sharp keel bone is lack of enough food/starvation. You may need to supplement/hand feed a little to help them along. I'd try 1-2 feedings a day,...
by ToyinPA
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?
Replies: 9
Views: 3049

Re: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?

It sounds like the parents have abandoned them & they will not survive. Do you know of anyone near by that may have a late nest? If so see if you can relocate them.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?
Replies: 9
Views: 3049

Re: Has any one experience having a nest with chicks abandoned by parents?

If they are SY parents it could be the reason. They don't always make the best parents. Often late nests are pushed to fledge earlier than normal, as the parents want to leave for roost. Fledge age is around 26 days or so. Parents slow down feeding a few days before to encourage them to fledge. Even...
by ToyinPA
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Too many unhatched eggs
Replies: 10
Views: 4348

Re: Too many unhatched eggs

If you had a few cold nights or a lot of SY's that could be the reason for so many unhatched or infertile eggs.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Missing eggs
Replies: 1
Views: 1065

Re: Missing eggs

They will toss bad eggs, so it's possible that's what happened. Not all eggs are fertile.

Toy in PA
by ToyinPA
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Did the 97-98 degree temps. cause babies death
Replies: 4
Views: 1894

Re: Did the 97-98 degree temps. cause babies death

Theories or actual acknowledge here, please. Three babies less than a week old in plastic gourd died . Was it because of the 97-98 degree temps. 3 days in a row here in southern Virginia. Did they die from the heat or did mom just quit feeding them because of the heat? :-( I'd say a combo of both. ...
by ToyinPA
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Post fledge observations/questions
Replies: 2
Views: 1170

Re: Post fledge observations/questions

Two of three young from our single nesting pair fledged 2 days ago. I observed both birds flying with the parent birds each of the past two evenings. The remaining nestling was seen looking out of the gourd as well, and remains there today. This evening, I watched both parents flying above our prop...
by ToyinPA
Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: RUNT BABY
Replies: 3
Views: 1800

Re: RUNT BABY

Thank you for your respond to questions I value your experience. I am a new landlord and have 2 gourds. The parents are subadults. One Gourd has 6 nestlings and one egg. The issue is one of the nestlings is a runt, much smaller than the others. Can I feed it? I called the wildlife refuge in RI and ...