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by Dave Duit
Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need ideas on modifying a new enclosed purple martin feeding platform
Replies: 3
Views: 134

Re: Need ideas on modifying a new enclosed purple martin feeding platform

Hi Dave,
Thanks for the idea on adding porches. I could make one large porch that surrounds the entire platform. Good idea.
by Dave Duit
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need ideas on modifying a new enclosed purple martin feeding platform
Replies: 3
Views: 134

Re: Need ideas on modifying a new enclosed purple martin feeding platform

oops. I didn't intend on sending four of the same pics. But, this is what I saw and it gave me the ideas to supersize it to have a floor 3' x 3'. Instead of using a hook hanger, I have a 1 1/4" steel pole from the ground up to the underside of the floor attached with a floor flange.
by Dave Duit
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I haven't forgotten how to grow gourds
Replies: 16
Views: 367

Re: I haven't forgotten how to grow gourds

Hi Brad,
Here are the answers on painting gourds.
You can either visit this url: http://www.chuckspurplemartinpage.com/painting.htm
or visit my website and click on chuckspurplemartinpage in my links section of my website: www.iamartin.org
by Dave Duit
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Does Offering Different Types Of Cavities Help Attract Martins ?
Replies: 11
Views: 2700

Re: Does Offering Different Types Of Cavities Help Attract Martins ?

Everyone responding covered all the bases, so I won't reinvent the wheel. Variety is good in housing. Open fly zones, away from tall trees and within 100 feet of your house, add some decoys, smear a little mud on the exterior of the entrance, pre-nest with soft white pine needles, play the daytime c...
by Dave Duit
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Need ideas on modifying a new enclosed purple martin feeding platform
Replies: 3
Views: 134

Need ideas on modifying a new enclosed purple martin feeding platform

I just got my new Troyer's catalog and noticed a new product displaying a " Covered Patio Bluebird Feeder " with rods surrounding the sides to allow bluebirds in, but keep starlings and robins out. Here are my ideas, thoughts and concerns. I currently have a large 3' x 3' raised platform purple mart...
by Dave Duit
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I haven't forgotten how to grow gourds
Replies: 16
Views: 367

Re: I haven't forgotten how to grow gourds

I wish I would see more landlords using natural gourds. The natural cavity has a great feel and I think the martins love a deep gourd like these gourds. Great job and keep up the green thumb.
by Dave Duit
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New member needing advise
Replies: 13
Views: 505

Re: New member needing advise

Hi c4thmartin, Thanks for being our newest member and welcome. The floating dock gourd set up is a great idea as it provides a super open fly zone. Even though your location is at the northern range of martins it will attract martins if well managed. My only suggestion is to keep the starlings and s...
by Dave Duit
Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: One Of My New 24 Gourd Super Systems
Replies: 5
Views: 263

Re: One Of My New 24 Gourd Super Systems

Looks great. Everything looks in order and ready for their arrival. Martin fever is a real thing as it has afflicted me several years ago.
by Dave Duit
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM house question
Replies: 10
Views: 451

Re: PM house question

I have a big solid roof over my 4 trio houses with an owl cage extending off the roof and my martins seem to like it. So, I would see no issues with the overhang.
by Dave Duit
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Additional house for Newbie
Replies: 8
Views: 369

Re: Additional house for Newbie

Hi Buckdog,
Here is the link on the purplemartin.org website that explains new and replacement housing.
https://www.purplemartin.org/purple-mar ... e-housing/
Best of luck my friend.
by Dave Duit
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Northern Flicker
Replies: 2
Views: 206

Re: Northern Flicker

If a routine develops with flicker moving on once the attic is closed, I think it is a great relationship.
by Dave Duit
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: John James Audobon
Replies: 3
Views: 289

Re: John James Audobon

I checked it out and I want to thank you for this post. Very interesting and enjoyable.
by Dave Duit
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Texas Landlords. How Many Years Did You Wait For That First Pair
Replies: 5
Views: 2790

Re: Texas Landlords. How Many Years Did You Wait For That First Pair

Five years, but the wait was worth it. It started with a single pair. I now have an average colony of 50-55 pair each year.
by Dave Duit
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Purple Martins Obviously Like Gourds!
Replies: 10
Views: 3170

Re: My Purple Martins Obviously Like Gourds!

Hi Steve,
Good to see you added vent elbows to the back of your THGs. I did the same with my gourds. I have a combination of metal as well as gourds in my set up. Nice pics.
by Dave Duit
Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Free P.M house projects found a Great Home !
Replies: 7
Views: 3110

Re: Free P.M house projects found a Great Home !

Congrats qapd. It is good to see the houses going to a new martin landlord.
by Dave Duit
Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Describing the purple martin landlords personality.
Replies: 0
Views: 240

Describing the purple martin landlords personality.

So, what makes up the intricacies of a purple martin landlord ? Well, patience is probably the number one quality a martineer. An ability to slow down and smell the roses is a must when deep into the hobby of martins. Having a willingness and enjoy taking care of another species; you could say a goo...
by Dave Duit
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 4inch by 4 inch goat fence for owl cage
Replies: 0
Views: 264

4inch by 4 inch goat fence for owl cage

Hey everyone, Most landlords simply use 2 inch by 4 inch mesh fencing to make owl fences around their gourd racks. Well, I'm here to say I found goat fence that has a mesh size of 4 inch by 4 inch. I replaced the outdated 2x4 inch fence with the goat fence and I feel it is a huge upgrade for the eas...
by Dave Duit
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New landlord
Replies: 35
Views: 10848

Re: New landlord

Hi Steve,
Welcome to the world of purple martins and the PMCA. If you want to find some great links, feels free to visit my websites links section, especially the"Chucks Purple Martin Page" at www.iamartin.org
Best wishes.
Dave Duit
by Dave Duit
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Better storage of my gourds
Replies: 8
Views: 1083

Re: Better storage of my gourds

Looks great. I hang all 60 of my THGs in the loft of my wood working building on suspended metal rods that thread through the gourd holes. the rods are themselves threaded on the ends and screw into a turnbuckle and then into a eye bolt on one end and a hook bolt on the other end. The eye bolt and h...
by Dave Duit
Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Interesting article on pesticide...
Replies: 3
Views: 509

Re: Interesting article on pesticide...

I agree. If the EPA and those in charge don't get the rear in gear, the song birds will continue to decline. Here in Iowa we are being informed on a weekly basis that field runoff and ultimately ends up in our drinking water. It is hurting us as well as the wildlife. Health should win out over profi...

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