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

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SMJohnson
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Location: IA/Ottumwa

First time attempting to do a photo post.
Personal design and Home-built SMJ-8.
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SMJohnson
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SMJ-8 Construction components:
3/4" Arauco plywood walls and floors
Expanded PVC foamboard compartment dividers,
exterior panel covering and roof.
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phldave
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Joined: Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:44 pm
Location: Iowa/Pleasant Hill
Martin Colony History: Started trying in 2012 and still trying

SM

Great looking set up. We Iowans are pretty inovative. Do you remove the whole panel to do nest checks? Maybe wing nuts would be helpful. Have you thought of incorporating some heat vents like pvc elbows? Listen to me giving advice, I am still waiting for my first pair and you are an active expert landlord.
2012 late start
2013 nothing yet, lots a lookers
2014 Bust again
2015 Bust again
2016 Bust again
2017 Bust again
2018 April 14 a group joined me, but moved on after a week
2019 Had SY male seriously check me out but didn't stay
SMJohnson
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Joined: Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:06 am
Location: IA/Ottumwa

phldave:

Good to hear from fellow Iowan. I've been following your posts for the last one and a half years. Learned how to post on the Dec.11th. And to post photos today. Leaving Davenport for Ottumwa. I'll respond to your suggestions and questions a little later.
Matt F.
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Location: Houston, TX

Great looking house SM!
Your SMJ-8 is a great design!
tim414
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Location: NorthTX/Pottsboro/Lake Texoma

Matt F. wrote:Great looking house SM!
Your SMJ-8 is a great design!

I agree.
art
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Joined: Wed May 09, 2012 3:12 pm
Location: Kansas/Holcomb

SM,
I too am a woodworker and have built all my box housing (T-14), Cedar Suite, etc.
In your first house with the oval entrances you must add a roughed bare wood step about 1/4" below the entrance hole. It will better attract birds and make it easier for them to enter/exit when bringing nest material and feed young. As it is now the holes are too high above the porch. Imagine if we had to climb up through a window to enter our homes.

In your second photo (bottom house section?) what are the large circle holes for? Are those entrances? Surely not!

Wishing the best for you and your martins in 2015! Get back to me if I can help.

Art Nonhof
Holcomb, KS
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Dave Duit
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Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Hi Steve,
The set up looks great. Just wanted to touch base with you to visit our Iowa website. I always encourage Iowans to check it out as things are updated on the site. www.iamartin.org Also, I encourage you to put your pics of the SMJ-8 on the site forum so members can either PM you or email you to help out on spreading some SMJ-8's around Iowa.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
SMJohnson
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Location: IA/Ottumwa

JamesinIA:
Did you happen to see this photo of the SMJ-8 which I first posted Dec 20th?
JamesinIA
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Location: Iowa/Wellman

Steve I believe that I did see them and I really like the way they are configured. The only thing that might be a problem is with the entrances that high off the porch will the starlings be able to get in. I really like the double roof with the air space that definitely will keep the house cooler. It is a great design.
2009 One ASY pair 5 eggs 5 fledged 2010 2 pair 5 fledged 2011 8 pair 27 fledged 2012 14 pair 38 fledged
2013 20 pair 64 fledged 2014 19 pair fledged 84 2015 26 pair fledged 124 2016 36 pair fledged 156 2017 40 pair fledged 156
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SMJohnson
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James good to hear from you. Interesting point on height of Conley 11 openings.I now have three of the SMJ-8 house's. Two have been in service for two full year's and the third for all of last year.I understand the idea about making it more difficult for Starlings to enter by holding the opening close to flush with floor. There hasn't been a breach as of yet however I do intend on lowering the opening by 5/8". More for the convenience of entering Martins. Although I've noticed no difficulties in that regard either.If in the future there is a breach, I could further modify side panels so that openings are closer to floor.
BuddyS
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Joined: Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:10 am
Location: MO/Chesterfield

I love it! Simple, well designed house. The double roof is a great idea. Is the bottom section of roof wide open and screened?
Regarding the entrance, Adult PMs will have no trouble getting in and out, however babies may climb out and get stuck outside making them an easy target. Maybe you could eventually add a step up or lower the entrance hole.
Good job Steve!
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JeanS
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Joined: Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:08 pm
Location: Sugar Land, TX
Martin Colony History: 2002 -Coates metal houses- about 18 pairs
2005 - Added a gourd rack- many more pairs
2007 - Added another gourd rack, gave the Coates houses away
2008-2015 - Experimented with many gourds & a few racks (its a sickness) fledged over 200 chicks/year. Hubby keeps records, not me. :-)
2016 - 64 gourds and expect most will be occupied

Beauty and function are desireable and you accomplished both. Adding a very long perching rod along top rim of roof would be the cherry on top of the cupcake.
Jean S
2002 - Coates metal houses- about 18 pairs
2005-2007 - added a gourd rack, then another gourd rack = many more pairs
2008-2015 - Experimented with many gourds & a few racks (its a sickness) fledged over 200 chicks/year
2016 - 64 gourds and expect most will be occupied
SMJohnson
Posts: 133
Joined: Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:06 am
Location: IA/Ottumwa

I've used Expanded PVC Foam Board on
3 houses that I've designed and built.
I used 3/4" plywood for the frame and
used the 1/4" Foam Board as a skin.
2012-13 Pair 2013-52 Pair 2014-65 Pair 2015-85 Pair 2016-80 Pair 2017-93 Pair 2018-87 Pair 2019-102 Pair
148 compartments 72 Troyer Horz. 24 Troyer Vert. 52 Wooden
Dave Duit
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Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

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.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
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