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by Bob Buskas
Sun Nov 26, 2006 12:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Oyster Shells????
Replies: 6
Views: 4863

If the Oyster Shell needs to be crushed finer place a hand full of it on a hard surface and use an 18 inch length of 1 inch diameter all thread rod as a rolling pin. The threads on the rod will crush the Oyster shell easily. I taped up the outer ends on the rod with electrical tape for handles.
by Bob Buskas
Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ?? on pond size
Replies: 14
Views: 12626

My pond has now frozen over but the "Pond Breather" is still working good.
by Bob Buskas
Sun Oct 22, 2006 11:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ?? on pond size
Replies: 14
Views: 12626

Thanks for the info Frank, I will try the HP next year.
by Bob Buskas
Sat Oct 21, 2006 10:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ?? on pond size
Replies: 14
Views: 12626

I picked up a "Pond Breather" today, they are manufactured by Allied Precision Industries in Elburn IL. (api) must be something new as I can't find the pond breather on their web site.
by Bob Buskas
Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ?? on pond size
Replies: 14
Views: 12626

Larry, your wife will understand...................some day hopefully. :wink: Scott, I was just going through our local news papers and found something "new". It's called a "Pond Breather". made just for this purpose, it has a small pump that rests on the bottom and a hose and power line that attach...
by Bob Buskas
Fri Oct 20, 2006 6:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ?? on pond size
Replies: 14
Views: 12626

Larry, I just posted a picture of it on my first reply. I have no filter, I decided to keep things simple. I added gravel to the sides and some rocks around the edge. The gravel helps keep the water nice and clear now. It was so muddy before. It looks much better now.
by Bob Buskas
Fri Oct 20, 2006 6:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: ?? on pond size
Replies: 14
Views: 12626

Scott, I made a pond for my Martins several years ago and they use it regularly to bath and drink. It is or was about 16 feet by 20 feet long and 3 feet deep. The most important for the Martins is that it is out in the open so they have a good fly space to come down to it. This fall I decided to mak...
by Bob Buskas
Sun Sep 17, 2006 9:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Something new for me in 2007 (The Buskas Bungalow)
Replies: 4
Views: 4107

Thanks Guys, :lol: was nice meeting both of you at Martinfest as well. Yes, I'm looking forward to using these Bungalows next year. From what I saw late this season, the Martins will love them and yes Lou, it adds a bit of variety to my colony site which is something both the Martins and landlords l...
by Bob Buskas
Tue Sep 12, 2006 10:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Something new for me in 2007 (The Buskas Bungalow)
Replies: 4
Views: 4107

Something new for me in 2007 (The Buskas Bungalow)

Hi folks, after numerous years of trying to get my Alberta Martins to nest in Gourds, I have decided to give them an alternative. They like the wood houses up here in the north because of the warmth they provide in our cool nights. They checked out the gourds every year but when it comes time to nes...
by Bob Buskas
Sat Aug 19, 2006 6:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: OverSpill From Other Colonies
Replies: 15
Views: 18394

Well said my friend! :wink:
by Bob Buskas
Fri Aug 18, 2006 11:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: August 11 Hatch Day
Replies: 1
Views: 2700

Thanks for this info Stan, please keep us posted on their success.
by Bob Buskas
Fri Aug 18, 2006 11:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: OverSpill From Other Colonies
Replies: 15
Views: 18394

Emil, any site in my opinion that is not managed to control S&S and predators will not be successful, even if they are close to a successful colony. I have one neighbor a half mile north of me that does not control Sparrows properly and she seldom gets more than one pair. This is why I try to help m...
by Bob Buskas
Thu Aug 17, 2006 11:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: OverSpill From Other Colonies
Replies: 15
Views: 18394

I totally agree with you John. This is why I try very hard to keep my neighbors colonies going. I help or in some cases totally manage them. The more Martins my neighbors have this year, the more Subbies I will have next year at my home colony. But yet to this day, I still see some landlords get mad...
by Bob Buskas
Thu Aug 03, 2006 12:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: An Alberta Morning
Replies: 4
Views: 3202

Dick, The North Star is a wooden house on a 16 foot 4x4 pole. I make my new houses on 2 1/2" steel poles now. No warping. You must be thinking about my friend Bernie Nickolia, he has experimented with Styrofoam housing. I have vseveral of his Shalets. They work very well.
by Bob Buskas
Tue Aug 01, 2006 11:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: An Alberta Morning
Replies: 4
Views: 3202

An Alberta Morning

Hi folks just thought I would post a picture of one of my North Star houses this morning. This house was 100% occupancy and all are now fledged. :lol: I have 4 SY pairs due to fledge any day now and then they will soon be off. I have mixed feelings about that. I'm sure you can all relate. :cry:
by Bob Buskas
Thu Jun 22, 2006 11:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Alberta nest check/ June 22
Replies: 3
Views: 2534

Alberta nest check/ June 22

Hi folks, I made my nest check rounds the last two days. I manage 4 colonies, my colony here at home as well as a 12 compartment North star at my brothers a mile south and two eight compartment houses at my uncles yard 2 miles from home. Also at Country Nine golf course 25 miles southeast of here, I...
by Bob Buskas
Thu Jun 01, 2006 5:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Proof Martins Love Styrofoam Houses
Replies: 8
Views: 7850

Time to retire Bernie! I can see a large truck load of Styrofoam being dropped off at your house next winter. :lol: Your gonna be busy. :wink:
by Bob Buskas
Wed May 31, 2006 11:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Charlie McEwen article in update. The Godfather of PM's
Replies: 4
Views: 5990

RC...I couldn't agree with you more. The McEwen Crescent has saved hundreds of thousands of Martins lives. THANK YOU so much Charles for your great invention. :lol: And so timely.....most all of us live busy lives when we just don't have the time to baby sit our colonies 24 hours a day. With the McE...
by Bob Buskas
Thu May 25, 2006 2:57 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tough Sunday On Subbies up North
Replies: 6
Views: 7955

Kevin, the SY Martins suffer because they are not use to supplemental feeding. Don't feel bad it's only one SY, you will get many more that will learn to supplemental feed and you will do great! :wink:
by Bob Buskas
Wed May 24, 2006 11:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SREH question
Replies: 4
Views: 4336

I would highly recommend cutting out a rectangular entrance on the house so you can attach any SREH plate to it. The cut out should be 1 1/2" high and 4" wide and 1/4" above the porch. Then you can attach any SREH plate you like in the future.