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by SSMartin
Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,
Replies: 17
Views: 408

Re: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,

Which house did you get? Some of them already have 6x9” compartments. With the crescents and lack of porches they are very safe. There is no need to expand these. If you have the 6x6” then you expand by shutting off the room it backs up to. So basically if you have a 12 room house you’ll end up with...
by SSMartin
Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: tunnels or no tunnels?
Replies: 11
Views: 167

Re: tunnels or no tunnels?

Tunnels are just going to add that much more weather and predator protection so it really is just up to you. I like tunnels but this year I added a new rack and have some gourds without tunnels but they all are sreh. Also put it up and play the dawnsong as soon as martins reach your area. Many have ...
by SSMartin
Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How resilient are martins?
Replies: 6
Views: 136

Re: How resilient are martins?

At those temps he’s feeding just fine. Probably over the waterways. You’ll know there in trouble when they don’t want to fly and will land on the ground even.
by SSMartin
Wed Jan 06, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martins In Viera, FL
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: Martins In Viera, FL

You’re only within a few days so I think either is acceptable but I believe most people count it when they either are circling the housing or touch down. I’m south of you and still waiting..... and waiting... I haven’t even heard one yet.
by SSMartin
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Luring ASY martins from an existing colony?
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: Luring ASY martins from an existing colony?

SCleland,

All good advice above. Please keep us updated with your progress and I wish you the best of luck!
by SSMartin
Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Luring ASY martins from an existing colony?
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: Luring ASY martins from an existing colony?

In theory the neighbors colony should max itself out unless they are adding additional housing each year. Those extra birds have to nest somewhere. I would provide the same housing they are using at first even if a smaller size house (enlarge compartments if necessary) and hang a few gourds undernea...
by SSMartin
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martins in Melbourne, Florida!
Replies: 14
Views: 195

Re: Purple Martins in Melbourne, Florida!

Mike that is great to hear I am in Grant and still waiting for that familiar sound. I also provide boxes for wood ducks and bats. I am about to put up a second bat house we have over 600 free tails in our current box it’s only 12 feet off the ground took 3 years to be used. Would love to do somethin...
by SSMartin
Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Two December arrivals, LA and FL
Replies: 13
Views: 386

Re: Two December arrivals, LA and FL

I am south of Cocoa and I agree around the second week of January. No doubt there here but showing interest in housing already? I doubt it
by SSMartin
Fri Jan 01, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,
Replies: 17
Views: 408

Re: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,

I notice so many people try to introduce others to being a landlord and want to recommend the best. Very few people will be interested in purchasing hundreds of dollars worth of "bird houses". Just showing the costs of most gourd racks will turn people off except for avid bird lovers. IMO these budg...
by SSMartin
Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,
Replies: 17
Views: 408

Re: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,

434D19AA-6B4B-4B6C-A24B-63C8B0984190.jpeg I have one with the 9x9 compartments 8 total plus two attic rooms. I capped the attic holes for this season but have never had any heat problems in FL. The roof could be easily painted white. I also have troyer and S&k gourds all with tunnels and the little...
by SSMartin
Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: starling resistant tunnels?
Replies: 5
Views: 680

Re: starling resistant tunnels?

Those S&K tunnels are well made and work well. The martins love them.
by SSMartin
Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mounting Troyer tunnel on BO9 ?
Replies: 3
Views: 607

Re: Mounting Troyer tunnel on BO9 ?

I have not done this exact mod but I have done several. I would recommend LEXEL white or clear adhesive/sealer. You can get it at Lowes or amazon. I can't find it at homedepot. I have used it to modify troyer horizontals to clingers with custom porches, and super gourds adding custom porches. It wor...
by SSMartin
Fri Aug 28, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Questions about my location
Replies: 3
Views: 810

Re: Questions about my location

I think it is worth a shot. You may want to try a budget setup to see how the martins like the site before committing to a more expensive setup. Getting the starlings and hosp under control would be my first priority as they will simply run off most looking martins.
by SSMartin
Sun Aug 23, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: SREH
Replies: 3
Views: 867

Re: SREH

Where do you see troyers with excluder? Troyers come in round or conley II. The PMCA excluder gourds come with excluder entrance. The excluder II is very starling resistant. I have Conley II entrances and no starlings but the excluder II is more starling resistant IMO.
by SSMartin
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: An Albino!
Replies: 9
Views: 2024

Re: An Albino!

That is incredible I wish it could be saved somehow.
by SSMartin
Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Insect Preference Research
Replies: 2
Views: 635

Re: Insect Preference Research

https://www.pinellascounty.org/PublicWo ... ontrol.pdf

Here is a study on stomach contents hope this helps
by SSMartin
Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hawk attack
Replies: 11
Views: 1190

Re: Hawk attack

You can’t move anything now it could completely stop the parents from recognizing their nest. Best to wait until next season. Their behavior is simply keeping the remaining babies safe and when they fledge they’ll likely not return to sleep either but that’s ok. Towards the end of my season the few ...
by SSMartin
Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trendsetter Ventilation??
Replies: 2
Views: 526

Re: Trendsetter Ventilation??

That is a very expensive nice house. I have never had one but I’m sure you could drill more holes near the tops of the compartments under the eaves. Or even adding some chimneys in the upper compartments with pvc pipe and a 90 on the end to keep rain out. I guess anything to let the hot air rise and...
by SSMartin
Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Dead young after nest replacement 4 days ago, help!
Replies: 4
Views: 683

Re: Dead young after nest replacement 4 days ago, help!

I have had mites kill entire nests. If this is the case they should be really obvious crawling all over the nests. I have never heard of or seen the other insects you described near my martins.