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by daveh
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl Cage Inquiry
Replies: 6
Views: 122

Re: Owl Cage Inquiry

I caged everything up 4-5 years ago and don't recall any problem. They zip right on thru the 2x4 inch wire like it's not there. The babies will will have some problem but will figure it out eventually.

Dave
by daveh
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio rooms
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: Trio rooms

I used a 2 inch knock 0ut punch and punched the wall twice making a 3 1/2 inch by 2 inch tall hole, basically egg shape. I would not cut two inch holes because I've seen birds stuck with wing entrapment. Cut at least three inch wide or larger holes. Since I did this 4-5 years ago to my trio castle, ...
by daveh
Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: PM decoys
Replies: 8
Views: 729

Re: PM decoys

Spiderman, the barred owls here do not carry the martins away and swallow them whole. They pluck and eat, not swallow whole, the martin on the ground below the colony, leaving a pile of feathers. I've watched them do it many times.

Dave
by daveh
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Distance between racks
Replies: 8
Views: 276

Re: Distance between racks

Very good point John.

Dave
by daveh
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Feeding Platform To help attract
Replies: 6
Views: 177

Re: Feeding Platform To help attract

I leave a feeding station out all season. It has pine needles, oyster shell, and meal worms. They can and well use it all summer especially when babies arrive. They mainly feed flying insects but use the station for extra food. Not all birds will use pine needles but some do. Iuse pine needles in al...
by daveh
Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Distance between racks
Replies: 8
Views: 276

Re: Distance between racks

I have six poles spaced 30 feet from each other. The birds don't care and it's easy to mow around them with my lawnmower or tractor.

Dave
by daveh
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin House build along
Replies: 52
Views: 9072

Re: Martin House build along

I use the aluminum crescent plates from PMCA for my openings on several of my houses and don't believe I've had any problems with starlings. I use them on my North Stars. I place them on top of the porches. The plate has 1/2 inch space between the bottom and the crescent bottom, plenty of space to c...
by daveh
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about feeding trays
Replies: 3
Views: 1514

Re: Question about feeding trays

I use a 10x21x21/4 inch black plastic seed growing tray. I built a wooden frame the tray fits into. The tray is secured in the wood frame with a couple of homemade stops on each end that cover the top of the tray so it doesn't blow away. Yes, even at 21/4 inches tall I will lose stuff like meal worm...
by daveh
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Guns N' Roses Cold November Rain in February! Yuk
Replies: 17
Views: 2194

Re: Guns N' Roses Cold November Rain in February! Yuk

I have a feeder station next to my houses and gourds. I supply it with dried meal worms, oyster shell, chicken egg shell, and pine straw. I usually rehydrate the meal worms so that they don't blow away. I never had to toss food in the air to attract them. They just came because they are inquisitive....
by daveh
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about my new Trendsetter...
Replies: 8
Views: 1497

Re: Question about my new Trendsetter...

T-Bird, They do not extend to the entrances. They are made with 1/4 inch thick wood, are aprox. 5 3/4 w x 6 1/4 l. They are a wood floor and a wood front that is 1 1/4 inches tall measured from inside the tray. The sides and backs are wrapped with 3 inch tall aluminum flashing. I had a nail protrudi...
by daveh
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Question about my new Trendsetter...
Replies: 8
Views: 1497

Re: Question about my new Trendsetter...

I made my nest trays for my Trendsetter 26 and place them on top of the mesh screens. I think the trays will stay drier being on the screens and not on the floors. I've done this since day one, about 8 years.

Dave
by daveh
Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: OFF TOPIC/ Superbowl
Replies: 15
Views: 660

Re: OFF TOPIC/ Superbowl

50 years since the last Superbowl. We are due. Go Chiefs!

Dave
by daveh
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match
Replies: 15
Views: 563

Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

I have trio houses and the paint I found that was close to the trio color was rustoleum hunter green spray paint.

Dave
by daveh
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin House build along
Replies: 52
Views: 9072

Re: Martin House build along

Gun, I'm just east of Kansas City Mo. and have built two, three level North Star houses. The birds really like them. The plans as you know are pretty easy to understand. The one thing I don't like about them is that 1/2 inch plywood isused to build the house. Because of the plywood and paint not sti...
by daveh
Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What size aluminum square pole to use?
Replies: 6
Views: 3644

Re: What size aluminum square pole to use?

Bigger the better. I bought the 3 inch pole and winch. If you can afford it buy it. I think it would survive most storms but I play it safe and lower all my houses 3 0r 4 feet before storms. I've had poles bent and don't want togo thru that again. I have 2 trio m12k houses on it. Martins seem to lik...
by daveh
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New landlord
Replies: 35
Views: 14527

Re: New landlord

Steve, I put the bed and breakfast up in the spring when the martins start showing up, around the middle of march. I have eggshell, oyster shell, meal worms, and pine straw all in a 10x21 inch black seed tray with slots in the bottom for drainage. I microwave the chicken egg shells for around a minu...
by daveh
Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Barn Owls
Replies: 7
Views: 4354

Re: Barn Owls

I've been fighting owls for 6-7 years. They are trying to wipe me out. I hate owls. If you attract any, you are playing with fire. They will in time find the martins and kill them. It's very stressful.

Dave
by daveh
Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Aromatic cedar
Replies: 0
Views: 3485

Aromatic cedar

I have some of this and was wondering if it is as durable as red cedar. I want to replace the rotting porches on my North Star that are plywood with this aromatic cedar. Anybody know?

Dave
by daveh
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Great Horned And Barred Owls Find Purple Martin Colonies
Replies: 8
Views: 4537

Re: How Great Horned And Barred Owls Find Purple Martin Colonies

Steve, I have motion detector lights on my poles. They did nothing to the barred owls but gave them more light to hunt.

Dave
by daveh
Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lifting cable
Replies: 3
Views: 3423

Re: Lifting cable

I use 3/16 inch cable on my T-14 house which is over a hundred pounds. No problem at all.

Dave

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