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purple martin feeder Answered

I require help in building a cannon to fire dead crickets and mealworms into the air about 25 to 30 feet so i may feed the purple martins in my area. they only feed on the wing and winter will surely kill the colonies in my area. any help will be appreciated.

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Kiteman

4 years ago

The winter won't damage the colonies at all - purple martins are migratory, and will be spending your winter months stuffing themselves silly on South American bugs.

Caitlinsdad is right, though; and cannon large enough to scatter the bugs that far will also scare off every bird within a mile of you. Farmers use unloaded cannons firing irregularly to keep crops clear of birds.

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JM1999

4 years ago

Wow, sounds neat, could you please post a photo when it is finished?

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JM1999

4 years ago

Wow, sounds neat, could you please post a photo when it is finished?

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JM1999

4 years ago

Wow, sounds neat, could you please post a photo when it is finished?

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Downunder35m

4 years ago

For small portions a slingshot for bait (fishing supply shop) might work.
The have a little "bucket" for the bait and shoot quite far.

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caitlinsdad

4 years ago

I dunno but with such low mass and wind resistance of the bugs, you might need an air compressed system or a big leaf spring trebuchet like launcher. Wouldn't the noise scare away the birds though?