Nest checks 4-22-21

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SSMartin
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Location: FL

Here are some photos to share of the colonies progress so far:
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brent
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Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Awesome! They all look so healthy. How do you keep it so clean? I try to remove poop and in the way twigs and such but those nests look super tidy. :roll:
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Ed Svetich-WI
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Location: Brooks, Wi (McGinnis Lake)
Martin Colony History: 24 Super and Excluder Gourds on two gourd racks, all SREH. Full occupancy. My philosophy is to maximize fledge % with existing cavities rather than adding gourds to grow colony, thus providing opportunities for new colony expansion. Fledge over 100 nestlings yearly from 24 gourds. Band nestlings in cooperation with state university. 2019 Adendum: Reduced colony size to 12 gourds to focus on more intensive management regimen.

Just curious, how often do you do nest replacements?

Ed
SSMartin
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Location: FL

I don't do nest replacements or clean the nests. The parents remove the waste and seem to drop it on my truck daily :shock:

I do remove the old nests at the end of the season.

I only get mites as nest parasites and I treat with liquid seven as needed to keep the mites out. I didn't see any mites so far but I am sure they'll show as things get warmer.
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