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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.

Checked the gourds on my 3 racks on 5/11 and 5/18. Got out of my weekend sequence because I attended my grandson's graduation ceremony from LSU. Stayed in Slidell and filled up on oyster po-boys, boiled crabs, crawfish, shrimp and gumbo. Had lunch Sunday at Commanders Palace in New Orleans. Yummy!
Check of 5/18 showed 23 young, no eggs (all hatched) and 4 fledglings from Rack 1. Rack 2 now has 51 young, 9 eggs and produced 30 fledglings. Rack 3 has 43 young, 6 eggs and produced 24 fledglings.
My 54 gourds have 117 young varying from some potentially fledging today and up to a predicted date of 6/11. I believe most of the 15 remaining eggs are unfertile. A number of these eggs are in nests with chicks ready to fledge. And lastly, 58 young guys and gals have thus far taken flight from my colony.
On yesterday's count there was very malnourished chick in a clutch of 4. Don't expect it to survive. I may be anticipating 174 fledglings this season; but, as the old expression goes "don't count your chickens before they hatch". So I should be saying, "Don't count your fledglings before they fly."
Happy Martining and Geaux Tigers, Mike
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