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by daveh
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Martin House build along
Replies: 31
Views: 5282

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: 513

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: 761

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: 617

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: 617

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: 376

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: 10
Views: 225

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: 31
Views: 5282

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: 3421

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: 13626

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: 4082

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: 3212

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: 4254

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: 3215

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
by daveh
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl Predation
Replies: 17
Views: 8461

Re: Owl Predation

I never saw my owls reach into the openings and grab birds. The seven or eight inches between the porches and wire was ok for that. My owls would hang on the wire flapping their wings and making a commotion causing martins to freak out and try to escape. That's when the owls would grab. My new cages...
by daveh
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl Predation
Replies: 17
Views: 8461

Re: Owl Predation

I guess I'm going to try to make my cages larger around my houses. I'm hoping to have around 12inches of space between porch and fence. I'm thinking about using goat and sheep welded wire which is a 4x4 inch mesh to try and keep the weight to a minimum. I've only used 2x4 inch wire. Has anybody used...
by daveh
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl Predation
Replies: 17
Views: 8461

Re: Owl Predation

Thankyou all for the feedback. All my seven houses have 2x4 inch wire that is about 4-7 inches away from the front of the porches except the T14. I wrapped the wire around the T14 owl guards so that is only a couple inches off the porches. I've seen owls fly head on and crash into the doors and grab...
by daveh
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Bad Storm = Bad Damage
Replies: 6
Views: 2885

Re: Bad Storm = Bad Damage

Kyler, sorry to hear and see this. I've been thru bent trio poles in the past several times. I eventually bought new poles for my castle and minicastle and placed pipe or conduit inside them. They became pretty heavy duty. I did that six or seven years ago and haven't had any problems. But I still t...
by daveh
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Owl Predation
Replies: 17
Views: 8461

Re: Owl Predation

Yes, they are barred owls, a male and a female. I have flood lights in my back yard that I turn on every night and I have motion detected lights on top of my poles. Never seen anything but owls. They attack between 9:30 pm to 5:00 am about every night. You are right Gray Fox, if they would just stay...
by daveh
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pole for T-14
Replies: 11
Views: 5491

Re: Pole for T-14

Dave, that's the post I built in 05 for my T14. Again, it's in the Troyer plan book. The secret in laminating is that the treated lumber that's being used is dry. Also use a good waterproof glue like Titebond III or Gorilla Glue. And use lots of it on all sides. I think I stored the wood in the gara...

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