fledgling question

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DeeCee
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Joined: Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:59 pm
Location: Manitoba

Do nestlings leave the nest all at the same time :?:
C.C.Martins
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Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- Visitors.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021- 28 pair. 118 fledged
Home colony: mix natural, super and excluder gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satellite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mini castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021: 10 pair, 30 fledged
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Nope. Out of a group of 6 for example, 4 will go early 2 will still be in there and have to be coaxed out. They are ready at different times. 3 or 4 days sometimes. They fledge when they are ready.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
Martintown33
Posts: 172
Joined: Tue Jun 01, 2021 6:21 pm
Location: Laplace,La
Martin Colony History: 21 year colony. 2 s&k modified houses and gourd rack

Tom is right. The female lays one egg a day. Thus the hatch days are staggered and so are the times they are mature enough to fly.
Rob
DeeCee
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Location: Manitoba

Thanks for your replies Tom and Rob. That makes sense,,,just didn't think it through. Two days ago I dealt with my first fledgling that wasn't quite ready to leave the nest. I heard a martin chirping in the morning and saw a few flying around so I assumed it was them. When I came home later in the day I heard the same chirping and found it sitting on the ground just below the kitchen window. I placed it back in its nest with its other nest mates and also discovered a dead one directly under the house pole. Poor thing almost made it. The parents are still attending to the nest which makes me feel better. At first I thought they were abandoned but that's not the case.
Martintown33
Posts: 172
Joined: Tue Jun 01, 2021 6:21 pm
Location: Laplace,La
Martin Colony History: 21 year colony. 2 s&k modified houses and gourd rack

Yes, unfortunately in nature , and of course with purple martins, as well, they all don’t make it. Being a landlord for these awesome birds is all about helping them be as successful as possible. But you can’t expect to have 100% success, as much as we all try to.. And losing just one hurts, but it’s part of the deal. Enjoy the majority of the ones that you help to make it. They are awesome birds.. so entertaining..so interesting.. and even sometimes frustrating.. but they are worth it, and the enjoyment of having them and helping them is the payoff!
Good luck next season and finishing up this one!
Rob
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1311
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- Visitors.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021- 28 pair. 118 fledged
Home colony: mix natural, super and excluder gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satellite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mini castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021: 10 pair, 30 fledged
PMCA member

DeeChee,
Its hard to lose one, but it happens. Robs right.. We do what we can, but its only so much. Putting them back is absolutely right.
It helps to think of the colonys health vs one or two individuals...not easy especially as we get to know the birds. Think of the colony as a whole, some times its health fluctuates but with proper care for all of them and given a safe environment your birds will expand and be successful.
Easier said than done! We are an obsessive breed....
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
flyin-lowe
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Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

The females do lay one egg per day but typically don't start incubating the eggs until the day before or day of the last egg being laid. The eggs are more likely to hatch within a day or two of each other because of this. That doesn't mean they will all fledge the same day. Some take a few days longer than others to take the plunge....
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.
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