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by Bob Buskas
Mon Mar 20, 2006 6:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: one frozen pair
Replies: 7
Views: 5107

Craig, if your going to feed them you might just as well put the food inside the compartment. He will find it.
by Bob Buskas
Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:43 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are SREH's harming the martins?
Replies: 27
Views: 24763

Thanks for clearing that up Lou, I think classing all SREH together is our problem. Every time I hear about a Martin getting stuck in a Crescent it is in a metal house. I personally have been total crescents since 2000 and have never had or heard off a Martin getting stuck in one of the crescents I ...
by Bob Buskas
Sun Mar 19, 2006 11:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are SREH's harming the martins?
Replies: 27
Views: 24763

I make all my SREH out of 1/8" thick puck board. It is a very tough but yet flexible Plastic. If you sand it smooth there is no feather damage at all. Possibly some metal SREH with very sharp edges could...... I don't know. :?: This is one reason that I prefer the McEwen crescent over other SREH. Th...
by Bob Buskas
Sun Mar 19, 2006 11:15 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Are SREH's harming the martins?
Replies: 27
Views: 24763

I make all my SREH out of 1/8" thick puck board. It is a very tough but yet flexible Plastic. If you sand it smooth there is no feather damage at all. Possibly some metal SREH with very sharp edges could...... I don't know. :?: This is one reason that I prefer the McEwen crescent over other SREH. Th...
by Bob Buskas
Sun Mar 19, 2006 8:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My set-up in nw.pa.
Replies: 16
Views: 12224

Don, you can see how I build my mud nests on my web site under the attracting Martins page. I mix in some old dead laves and just about anything you rake up off the lawn. Smear lots around the inside walls and a bit on the porches and entrance hole. It really helps IMHO. http:www.wtc.ab.ca/northerns...
by Bob Buskas
Sun Mar 19, 2006 2:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bitter Cold conditions in Central USA
Replies: 9
Views: 5604

John, meal worms can't clime out of a smooth plastic or metal container that has sides of about 1 to 1 1/2" high. In 45 degree temp. the meal worms basically go dorment anyway. So any container 2 to 3" in diameter and about 1 to 1 1/2" high is perfect.
by Bob Buskas
Sun Mar 19, 2006 1:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My set-up in nw.pa.
Replies: 16
Views: 12224

Don, do you prebuild nests for them? Do you use any mud in the nests, and on the outside of the houses? If not, you should give that a try. It realy helps pull in thoughs SY's.
by Bob Buskas
Sun Mar 19, 2006 12:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting Excited
Replies: 5
Views: 3218

EH Lou, I wish I could get excited up here in Alberta. We had no snow all winter until March 2nd. :cry: It's been snowing ever since. We got another foot of the wet stuff last night. Oh well, we need the moisture, on the bright side I seen my first Canada Goose :oops: yesterday sitting on the frozen...
by Bob Buskas
Fri Mar 17, 2006 1:02 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Supplemental feeding of Tree Swallows
Replies: 4
Views: 5829

Doug, good for you! I had a great experience flinging meal worms to a late hatching family of Cliff Swallows a couple of years ago. It was in Sept. and a bad cold spell set in. For some reason this family showed up on a power line in front of my shop one morning. I felt sorry for them so I started t...
by Bob Buskas
Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Assembling T-14 with Nail Gun
Replies: 9
Views: 8352

Darryl, your new brad nailer will work excellent for this project. You will not believe how good brads hold. I build all my North Star houses with brad nails and a good all weather glue, you will never pull it apart. GO FOR IT! :wink:
by Bob Buskas
Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: house plans?
Replies: 4
Views: 6046

I hope this doesn't violate PM forum policy, Lisa take a look at my web site.
by Bob Buskas
Sun Mar 05, 2006 1:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T14's and porch domination.....................
Replies: 24
Views: 22036

Yea, I found the same thing Stan, I make my nest tray side 5" high as well. How many pair did you have in total at your site?
by Bob Buskas
Sun Mar 05, 2006 1:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T14's and porch domination.....................
Replies: 24
Views: 22036

Stan, you won't get any porch domination with that style, but you may have problems with nest check with the side openings when the nestlings get older.
by Bob Buskas
Fri Mar 03, 2006 4:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: T14's and porch domination.....................
Replies: 24
Views: 22036

Thanks for placing this info of the North Star house Bernie. 100% occupancy is common with this style. And its pretty easy to build, for anyone with moderate carpentry skills. Moisture in the compartments is not a problem, A bit of moisture may enter the front of the compartment with a driving rain,...
by Bob Buskas
Sun Feb 26, 2006 7:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin trapped inside a SRE cavity
Replies: 18
Views: 19740

Grandmac 2, I am not familiar with your style of housing, but if the distance from the bottom of the SREH and the floor on the inside is greater than 1/2" the Martins will have trouble exiting. I would recommend replacing the sub floor to bring the floor level up.
by Bob Buskas
Sun Feb 26, 2006 7:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin trapped inside a SRE cavity
Replies: 18
Views: 19740

Grandmac 2, I am not familiar with your style of housing, but if the distance from the bottom of the SREH and the floor on the inside is greater than 1/2" the Martins will have trouble exiting. I would recommend replacing the sub floor to bring the floor level up.
by Bob Buskas
Mon Feb 20, 2006 6:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Instant success feeding martins today
Replies: 23
Views: 24012

Great news Emil! You can bet they ate every meal worm you tossed as well, mine eat the meal worms all the time. Keep up the good work! :wink:
by Bob Buskas
Mon Feb 20, 2006 6:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Instant success feeding martins today
Replies: 23
Views: 24012

Great news Emil! You can bet they ate every meal worm you tossed as well, mine eat the meal worms all the time. Keep up the good work! :wink:
by Bob Buskas
Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling and Sparrow Trap - Help needed
Replies: 21
Views: 14415

An English house Sparrow weighs 32 grams. Use 5 US Quarters to set your trap. I have weights on Starlings recorded out in my shop and can get those weights if you need them.
by Bob Buskas
Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Starling and Sparrow Trap - Help needed
Replies: 21
Views: 14415

An English house Sparrow weighs 32 grams. Use 5 US Quarters to set your trap. I have weights on Starlings recorded out in my shop and can get those weights if you need them.