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by Dave Duit
Tue Oct 27, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: News feature in Columbia MO paper about gourds
Replies: 1
Views: 37

Re: News feature in Columbia MO paper about gourds

Thank you John for this thread. I love reading about what other landlords are doing throughout the US. I don't have any natural gourds, but I find them facinating. The entire process is so down to earth and has an added connection to nature and wildlife. Thanks again.
by Dave Duit
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: First time photo posting. Personal Design and Build SMJ-8
Replies: 14
Views: 3655

Re: First time photo posting. Personal Design and Build SMJ-8

Steve,
You rock on designs and being an all around innovative guy. It makes me smile when I see Iowa members doing great things. If I didn't alreday have my complete martin housing set up I would have had you build me one of these amazing houses. Keep up the good work my friend.
by Dave Duit
Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Troyer T-14 vs Lonestar Alamo in Louisiana
Replies: 5
Views: 130

Re: Troyer T-14 vs Lonestar Alamo in Louisiana

This is good to know about the composite material being hotter than cedar or wood. I learn something new every day.
by Dave Duit
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Troyer T-14 vs Lonestar Alamo in Louisiana
Replies: 5
Views: 130

Re: Troyer T-14 vs Lonestar Alamo in Louisiana

You are spot on with your choice of the polywood Troyer. I'm glad you choose the polywood T14. I have meet Mr. Troyer while in Kalona, Iowa at a purple martin workshop and seminar. I spoke with him about his design of the T14 and he was very knowledgeable about the needs of the martins and safety as...
by Dave Duit
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Troyer T-14 vs Lonestar Alamo in Louisiana
Replies: 5
Views: 130

Re: Troyer T-14 vs Lonestar Alamo in Louisiana

I personally think that if you do choose aluminum or Tryoer style that you must vent heavily with PVC elbows and or 2 inch aluminum soffit vents. Gourds with PVC elbows would vent hot air the best. If you go with gourds, place two elbows about 2/3rds the way up the back. I use the threaded larger pv...
by Dave Duit
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd nesting
Replies: 5
Views: 888

Re: Gourd nesting

I'm glad you saw my post about DE. I think you will have a good colony in the future and I wish you the best.
by Dave Duit
Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Satellite gourd rack
Replies: 3
Views: 161

Re: Satellite gourd rack

It makes me feel good when I can assist in any way with landlords and the martins. Wow !!! You basically doubled in colony pairs in one year. That is a sign of a well managed colony, congrats. I agree with you when martins seem to have a preference and choose housing immediately upon their return. I...
by Dave Duit
Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Satellite gourd rack
Replies: 3
Views: 161

Re: Satellite gourd rack

Good for you on the upgraded rack system. I don't for see any problems for the martins on their return. Best of luck and happy building my friend.
by Dave Duit
Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd nesting
Replies: 5
Views: 888

Re: Gourd nesting

Please never use DE in nests or compartments or gourds. DE is dangerous for all birds as it goes airbourne in the nest and causes lung damage to the martins. So, basically DE is a big NO NO for mite control. Many landlords opt for 5% sevin dust found in garden centers for mite control. They clean ou...
by Dave Duit
Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd nesting
Replies: 5
Views: 888

Re: Gourd nesting

Pre-nesting gourds or metal compartments is not absolutely necessary. But, I encourage landlords to pre-nest with soft white pine needles if they can, Pre=nesting makes it much easier for the martins to spend more time on courting behavior and less energy spent on finding next material. In the long ...
by Dave Duit
Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: DIY Purple Martin-made of PVC Foam Sheet
Replies: 8
Views: 497

Re: DIY Purple Martin-made of PVC Foam Sheet

Thank you Bumbee. I will visit the Home Depot and take a look. You were correct in knowing that I was probably thinking of the old home insulation foam board. I think the PVC foam board is much better. I recall plans using foam board years ago on this website, but i couldn't find it. Let me know how...
by Dave Duit
Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Best poop cleaner for gourds / metal houses
Replies: 0
Views: 582

Best poop cleaner for gourds / metal houses

Hey everyone, I know this is a topic that doesn't get talked about or givin to much attention. But, here it is. What have you found to be the best poop, nest left over, caked on dirty wall stuff cleaner for gourds and metal houses ? I quickly did a search for such products and came across the follow...
by Dave Duit
Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd Spacing
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: Gourd Spacing

Aluminum is a great choice for its longevity. My gourd racks are all homemade as I wanted to beef up it's overall strength due to high wind possibilities. If you can weld it is a great money saver. I had my cousin who is a welder by profession create and weld three large 24 gourd racks. If you can p...
by Dave Duit
Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd Spacing
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: Gourd Spacing

You sound much like me in getting enjoyment i n the process of building, planning and organizing projects. I wish you the best as I know that things will turn out great. I have found over the years that the internet is a super source for ideas and how to do tasks. The martins will appreciate all you...
by Dave Duit
Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: DIY Purple Martin-made of PVC Foam Sheet
Replies: 8
Views: 497

Re: DIY Purple Martin-made of PVC Foam Sheet

Hi Bumbee, I like your innovative thinking and idea. I'm unfamiliar with the product, but if it doesn't crumble into fine styrofoam type balls/pellets and if it is very strong to hold against heavy winds, then I think it may just work. I don't know about its strength against pressures like wind, so ...
by Dave Duit
Tue Oct 13, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd Spacing
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: Gourd Spacing

Hi ridinshotgun, It would be completely fine to space them three to an arm. The closeness wouldn't make any deterant to the martins as they are only inches away from each other in metal style houses; usually with a porch divider between them on the metal houses. So, gourds can be close without any p...
by Dave Duit
Sun Oct 11, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Moving forward toward spring 2021
Replies: 1
Views: 268

Re: Moving forward toward spring 2021

Hi Hanah, Sounds like you are being well prepared. It is good to see people like you, being a responsible landlord. It took me 6 years before I had my first nesting pair😂. Don't get discouraged if you don't get martins right away. I congratulate you on your hard work and I hope you get a good colony...
by Dave Duit
Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Considering becoming landlords in SW Michigan
Replies: 8
Views: 482

Re: Considering becoming landlords in SW Michigan

Hi Angie, The Starling Resistant Entry Holes (SREH) will virtually stop any starling from getting inside the martin house or gourds. After they realize they can't get in, they usually just give up and move on. The mower birds are most likely barn swallow as mentioned by flyin-lowe. I don't know if i...
by Dave Duit
Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Considering becoming landlords in SW Michigan
Replies: 8
Views: 482

Re: Considering becoming landlords in SW Michigan

You are very welcome, I'm glad you found the website , as there are some very knowledgable landlords that visit the site regularly. Glad to hear that you love the state of Iowa. The RAGBRIA is a hoot and so fun. I have been on it three times, the first time I only made it three days as I was sorely ...
by Dave Duit
Tue Oct 06, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Considering becoming landlords in SW Michigan
Replies: 8
Views: 482

Re: Considering becoming landlords in SW Michigan

Hi Angie, Welcome to the world of purple martins. I'm from central Iowa and have been a long time purple martin landlord. I'm sure there a few scatters purple martin landlords in your area. 1.) I overlayed the google map with that of submitted scout reports of martins near your area and found the fo...