% of needed open housing requirements

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jeff
Posts: 28
Joined: Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:43 am
Location: okeana ohio

Just curious about how many open compartments do you think is good this year, as to know when to add more housing for next year.

thanks jeff
Rafke77
Posts: 56
Joined: Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:47 pm
Location: Plymouth, IN
Martin Colony History: 2021 Texas deep freeze, first arrived 4/6.

2020 first arrived 3/27. 21 pair, 92 fledged, 9 non viable.

2019 first time with Martin's, first arrived 4/24 10 pair, 24 fledged, 15 eggs non-viable.

I thinks it's preference on how many you want and can manage. As long as you have open housing, and a safe environment to where they have successful high yield clutches, you'll find growth each year. We have a Troyer K-24, our first year we had 10 pair, last year (our second year), 21 pair. This year we decided to add another K-24, as of today, every Sunday we do nest checks, we have 36 pairs and a total of 152 eggs. The latest we have eggs laid is June 20-25th. We think future plans of 2 more racks depending on how time is for us.
flyin-lowe
Posts: 3158
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

It is uncommon to get 100% occupancy on martin housing. So some people offer 16 gourds and each year they have 10-14 pair each year. It is very likely if that person added another 16 gourds they could have 25-30 pair the next year. If you want to expand once you get over 50% capacity of your housing it is a good time to add new housing. Last year I had 52 cavities and had 42 pair. I went ahead and added 16 more gourds (68 total cavities this year) and my first nest check of the year 2 weeks ago I had 60 cavities with nests. I likely have a few more nests now, will be doing a nest check tomorrow.
2021 Currently 62 nest 138 babies plus 110 eggs (6-317-21) HOSP count-9
2020 42 nest, Fledged 164 HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional lone SY's
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair 14 fledged.
jeff
Posts: 28
Joined: Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:43 am
Location: okeana ohio

Thanks for the info to base my decision. I have a total of 34 cavities with 22 nests that either have eggs or chicks. Some cavities have green leaves but no eggs or chicks as of now.

Jeff
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