7th Nest Check

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mjfog
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Joined: Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:40 pm
Location: Palm City, FL
Martin Colony History: 2018 will be my first try. 6 S&K B09s. 29 eggs - 8 fledged
2019 - 12 Troyer Horizontals with tunnels, 6 S&K B09s and 12 B011s all with tunnels. 43 eggs - 36 fledged
2020 - Rack 1 - 6 B011s, Rack 2 - 24 B011s, and Rack 3 - 24 Troyer Horizontals. All gourds have tunnels, porches and crescent/Conley 11 entrances; racks have predator guards. 161 eggs - 88 fledged.
2021 - 54 gourds-214 eggs, 184 hatched, 168 fledged.

Hello Everyone,
My daughter and I dropped the racks this afternoon and had a pleasant but not too unexpected surprise. So Rack 1 that had 27 eggs and 4 young was toppled by a storm and resurrected on 11 April. The 4 young survived but all 27 eggs were lost. After the storm passed and the rack was back up, birds came to the perches on the rack. Tuff old girls. I expected re-nesting and today's check proved so. Four gourds with 5 eggs each and one with 6. Whoopie. The 4 surviving young I expect to fledge on 5/9.
Rack 2 went from 55 young and 30 eggs to 67 young and 24 eggs. Rack 3 went from 42 young and 28 eggs to 47 young and 20 eggs.
My totals now are 118 young and 70 eggs or 188 potential fledglings. Last week I was at 101 young and 76 eggs. Occupancy rate jumped from 68.5% last week to 83% this week. Rack 1 - 100%, Rack 2 - 83% and Rack 3 - 67%. My definition of "occupancy" is a nest with eggs/young.
How are you other landlords doing? I guess Steve over there in Louisiana south of Shreveport must be up to 1500 eggs and chicks.
Happy Martining, Mike
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