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by sully
Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One more thing to try
Replies: 18
Views: 4080

When I first started my colony I had trio houses with round holes and the martins would make a damn across the bottom of the door almost creating their own cresent entrance. Now all my entrances are starling proof and I don't see mud around the entrance anymore but sometimes a small damn across the ...
by sully
Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:21 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hotel California height?
Replies: 17
Views: 4526

I know they recomend higher but one of the nicest colonies I've ever seen was no more than 8 ft.
by sully
Sat Mar 22, 2014 12:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2 inch versus 3 inch Square Pole
Replies: 17
Views: 9690

I would always go with the strongest pole possible especially if you plan on add gourds later. The height of your pole and number of gourds is the biggest factor. The higher the pole the more stress. None of my houses or gourds are over 10 ft. There use to be a big martin colony on my way home from ...
by sully
Sat Mar 22, 2014 12:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need help Gourd set-up
Replies: 12
Views: 3582

The setup looks good. I agree about the dawn song CD. It will bring them to look around. Maybe a PM decoy or 2 would help.
by sully
Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: DIY II, Pole & Rack
Replies: 24
Views: 6434

Love your design. I had to use steel because we live on top a hill and the wind is brutal with our summer storms. Very nice.
by sully
Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:37 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: AmazonSmile will support the PMCA when you shop
Replies: 32
Views: 125422

Glad to know. I use Amazon quite a bit so now an extra value.
by sully
Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:18 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One more thing to try
Replies: 18
Views: 4080

I just talked to my friend Bennie, the friend we transfered gourds to leaving the old nest inside. He said he has a friend who had been unsuccessful for a couple of years and last year he saved some of the material when he cleaned out his gourds. They put it inside the new gourds and they got his co...
by sully
Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:35 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Electric fence guard question
Replies: 10
Views: 2339

The answer is yes. My stepfather use to put electric fence around his sweet corn patch to keep the racoons out and he found dead doves once in a while.
by sully
Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I did it!
Replies: 11
Views: 2842

I bought a feeding DVD at one of the Martinfest in Finger,Tn. Excellent training video. The next spring we had several cold rainy days. After 2 days I was ready to try feeding. My girlfriend probably drove 75 miles to every little town with a bait shop. Me and a friend sat out in the freezing weathe...
by sully
Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:28 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One more thing to try
Replies: 18
Views: 4080

We left the old nest undisturbed except for spraying it with liquid sevin to insure no parasites survived the winter. We also picked the best looking and cleanest looking. I'm convinced it works like a magnet. Eight the first year and ten the second year. 18 for 18 pretty much removes any doubt in m...
by sully
Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I did it!
Replies: 11
Views: 2842

Congratulations! I remember those numb fingers. When they started flocking to each cricket I alternated 1 piece of egg and 1 cricket. They would catch the egg but then release it. We came in the house to warm up and I glanced out the window and noticed a couple going to the ground and picking up the...
by sully
Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One more thing to try
Replies: 18
Views: 4080

One more thing to try

About 4 or 5 years back I wrote a message about helping a friend get a colony started. He did everything perfect,houses,gourds,all types,bed & breakfast,dawnsong. Anyway after about 4 years he was stuck with 2 pair every year. He would get visitors but they didn't stay. With nothing to lose we decid...
by sully
Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: A few questions I need help from the experts on
Replies: 6
Views: 2674

I helped a couple of neighbors get started this year. One had 6 and the other had 8 gourds. Lucky both racks filled up. The one with 8 gourds came home one day and found 2 dead babies on the ground and one on the porch. Another gourd had the eggs pecked with very small holes and we finally spotted a...
by sully
Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:48 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question re rigging pole with fence charger
Replies: 22
Views: 18345

Low profile pole guard

I have used a low profile pvc guard now for several years and it has been 100% sucessful. The metal pole set in cement is an excellent ground. I am an electrician and live on a farm so I've had experience with both. Racoons have become a real pest since no one traps anymore because fur prices are so...
by sully
Sun Dec 06, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Willing to try anything
Replies: 6
Views: 3064

Willing to try anything

I have tried to help a friend establish a colony for the last 6 years. He has T14's,gourd racks and also a string of gourds. Not the best location but a powerline easment comes through his property. He has managed 1 or 2 pair for the last 5 years. Last fall 2008 we exchanged some of my gourds with n...
by sully
Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Low profile predator guard
Replies: 3
Views: 4690

Low profile predator guard

This is my 3rd year with the low profile predator guard and it is still batting a thousand. I have caught 2 rat snakes close to my poles but none have gotten past the guards. I have noticed racoons diging around the base of my colony but they have not breached the guards either.
by sully
Tue Jun 26, 2007 11:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Do Porch Dividers Hinder Colony Establishment?
Replies: 3
Views: 5765

porch dividers

About 4 years ago I tried them on my 13 trio houses and the martins would enter the compartments but not build. I also had 2 x 4 fence wire on each side of the houses ty wraped to the porch railings to protect against owls so this only allowed them one way out. I removed the dividers the following y...
by sully
Thu Jun 21, 2007 10:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Low Profile Predator Guard
Replies: 2
Views: 5402

Low Profile Predator Guard

This is my first attempt at posting a picture so please bare with me. This is my 4th year with this experiment and so far its 100 %. I used 4 in pvc and end caps. The hardware cloth was put on with J clips. The wire is direct burial so it does not have to be in conduit. I drilled 2 in holes in the e...

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