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by pjb4466
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brand new - could use advice on housing
Replies: 16
Views: 3399

Re: Brand new - could use advice on housing

I would keep a close eye on the perch rod issue. I'm looking at it and trying to imagine a Martin squeezing in between the rod and the entrance. Looks like theres only an inch or so between them. A full grown Martin is 6 inches in length and may have a hard time getting between the two. So keep an ...
by pjb4466
Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brand new - could use advice on housing
Replies: 16
Views: 3399

Re: Brand new - could use advice on housing

jhcox wrote:
Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:02 pm
I believe that they will use the rail to help them push their way into the house.
Huh, no kidding. Pretty cool - thanks!
by pjb4466
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brand new - could use advice on housing
Replies: 16
Views: 3399

Re: Brand new - could use advice on housing

image0(1).jpeg In the process of renovating the entryways and wondered whether this is adequate? The SREH is about 3/8" off the floor (plate is flush with the floor) but there doesn't seem to be a lot of porch to allow a Martin to be able to get its way through. Should I just take the perch rods ou...
by pjb4466
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brand new - could use advice on housing
Replies: 16
Views: 3399

Re: Brand new - could use advice on housing

White pine needles to pre nest, a little mud on the porch and entrance. And don’t forget the Dawn Song play it in the morning from 4am to maybe 10 each morning. Or you can play it from 4am to sunset that night each day. If you can replace the pole for a pole you can put a wench on weight shouldn’t ...
by pjb4466
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brand new - could use advice on housing
Replies: 16
Views: 3399

Re: Brand new - could use advice on housing

They like the cavities dark as stated above so you can seal off the rear opening anyway you see fit. You can drill a 3” hole in the diving wall or remove most of it they will nest in this back chamber. I never had starlings either on my farm then one day two land on my gourd rack. Start feeding in ...
by pjb4466
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brand new - could use advice on housing
Replies: 16
Views: 3399

Re: Brand new - could use advice on housing

It's hard to tell by the pictures but an SREH needs to be fairly precise. If you there a a bit too large and they are not effective, a bit too small and martins can't get in. I can't tell from the angle of the picture but the entrances don't appear to be uniform in the angle of the arch (if that ma...
by pjb4466
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brand new - could use advice on housing
Replies: 16
Views: 3399

Re: Brand new - could use advice on housing

When you consider an adult Martin is 6” long and a pair stays in the nest at night and they can have an average of 4-6 young who are practically the same size as the adults when they fledge you can quickly see why those compartments are too small. Expanding the compartments would be very beneficial...
by pjb4466
Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Brand new - could use advice on housing
Replies: 16
Views: 3399

Brand new - could use advice on housing

Hello all, I'm just now getting into having purple martin housing here in Syracuse, NY. Built a ~1.5-2" telescoping pole that can be set at 13', 10', and 7' and it's at least 40 feet from any trees taller than it (and about 30 feet from a songbird feeder pole that's only about 8 feet tall, but I can...