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by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Tue Jan 19, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,
Replies: 21
Views: 669

Prospective DIY Individual

Whooey, The young lady drilling a hole in an oak leaf looks like a prospective DIY person. An early interest and experience in hand tools can lead a healthy beginning to many home projects in her future. My Father allowed me to experiment at a young age and it ultimately lead to a lifelong interest ...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Landloards in Cedar Creek or Bastrop Texas area
Replies: 11
Views: 631

Cedar Creek, Texas

Alfie, Anywhere within 100 miles of Cedar Creek, TX, I estimate your 2021 chances of attracting a martin pair at 95% with open flyways, enlarged compartments, SREH entrances, good Starling and Sparrow control and no Hawk or Owl predation. As far as the neighbor with the owl nesting boxes, let her pu...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Conley II Entrances
Replies: 13
Views: 576

Conley II Entrances

Like Carlton, I have never had wing entrapments with the Conley II entrances. But then, all of the Conley II entrances have the Lewis Modification so I don't have to worry about European Starling breaches. After all these years of advocating the Lewis Modification, I am still waiting for anyone who ...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: S and K Manufacturing's plastic houses,
Replies: 21
Views: 669

Expanding S&K Purple Martin Houses

Whooey, Welcome to the Purple Martin Forum! I do not consider your questions hijacking the topic. So hopefully a few suggestions are okay. I agree that closing off the attic compartments is wise. During the martin season, nest checks cannot be performed on those compartments plus they can get too ho...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Birds come and Go for days, week??
Replies: 4
Views: 1046

Birds come and Go for days, week??

sonnya,
My Father's last colony was in Oenaville, TX. Small world.
Leave your housing up until September 1st.
Every time I have tried to take the martin's housing down early, they come back to visit. As you pointed out, they will circle where the housing was so I know it was not an accident.
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone help with IDing this house
Replies: 11
Views: 1265

Re: Anyone help with IDing this house

Doug, I have more crescent SREH entrances in the houses I help manage. I know some people believe they are too difficult for martins establishing in a new colony but that is just not true. If the location is good and HOSP/EUST control is maintained the martins will move in. I am more familiar with T...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone help with IDing this house
Replies: 11
Views: 1265

Re: Anyone help with IDing this house

Doug, Sorry I missed your post. Definitely raised above the floor level. I started out 1/2" above the floor but realized that the martins make a nest about 1/2" above the the floor and then eggs and small nestlings can roll out of the nest. So I had to add something to elevate the bottom of the hole...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sun Jul 05, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio-12 Repairs / Parts / Replace
Replies: 7
Views: 911

Re: Trio-12 Repairs / Parts / Replace

I do not know of a good replacement for a Trio Grandpa (MSS12) at this time. Currently, I spend more time refurbishing original Trio poles and/or strengthening them then working on the Trio houses. The original Trio/Nature House pole sections were made of very thick steel with thick zinc coating to ...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lonestar Alamo vs Goliath
Replies: 6
Views: 771

Lonestar Alamo vs Goliath

I like both houses and especially like the durability of aluminum vs. wood. You should not have as many problems with late spring cold snaps in Louisiana so insulated housing is less important than in northern latitude landlords. Not impossible but I feel that nest trays help reduce cold weather los...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone help with IDing this house
Replies: 11
Views: 1265

Coates Triple Decker House

Doug, I still feel that a Coates house is worth refurbishing. I do not know if Trio doors will fit on a Coates. You could close off the round holes for the nesting compartments with aluminum flashing and pop rivets. Entrance hole plates with SREH of your choice could cover the round holes. As you pr...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone help with IDing this house
Replies: 11
Views: 1265

Re: Anyone help with IDing this house

Doug, I use a Double Face Soft Hammer to straighten out bend and kinks in these aluminum houses. I buck the other side with a hardwood block. That way I do not lose the crinkling effect on the roof and floors or leave pock marks on the smooth metal surfaces. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Estwing-12-oz...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone help with IDing this house
Replies: 11
Views: 1265

Side by side double compartment

Doug, On side by side double compartment, the 3 inch hole is drilled into the center wall between two compartments. The purple martins must make a 90 degree turn to enter the nesting compartment of their double compartment. It is impossible for a predator to look into the nesting compartment and vir...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Would anyone like to help?
Replies: 17
Views: 1947

Emergency Improvements to Martin Housing

EarlG,
Am I a bad landlord if I raise and lower a martin house 3-4 times in a day if I have to do emergency repairs on a martin house?
The martins don't leave or abandon the housing. They accept and seem to appreciate the improvements.

Doug,
If it will benefit the martins, then do it.
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Anyone help with IDing this house
Replies: 11
Views: 1265

Trio Jedi Master Matt F. - Where are you?!

Doug, I would defer to the knowledge of Matt F. - Trio Jedi Master. It is not a Trio Grandma because it does not have the capacity for a Trio pole system through the middle of the house. Maybe Matt F. will know if there was a Trio "Musselman-like house" with the Trio Grandma configuration. Since I l...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio-12 Repairs / Parts / Replace
Replies: 7
Views: 911

Trio-12 Repairs / Parts / Replace

Prime-Line Products 1 1/2" sliding door rollers are available through Amazon and eBay in various configurations. Generally the tandem roller configuration is a better deal, essentially two 1.5 inch steel rollers. Be aware though, the tandem roller configuration requires grinding off the crimped over...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: gourd racks
Replies: 9
Views: 1176

K-Series 18 or 24 Gourd Racks

My sister in Seguin, TX has two Troyer Ultimate-Deluxe K-Series 18 Gourd Racks. She loves them. The superior pulley system at the top makes raising and lowering the gourd rack easy. Stainless steel arms for the gourds are included. They have standard 3" aluminum square poles with optional worm gear ...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tried universal deluxe in box sparrow trap...but
Replies: 4
Views: 615

Tried universal deluxe in box sparrow trap...but

Brent, I agree with your plan to let the HOSP finish their nest, lay eggs and then set up the trap in their compartment with some of their nesting material and the eggs inside the trap. Make the HOSP dedicate to one compartment with either eggs or young nestlings. Do not destroy the HOSP nest and ex...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Trio-12 Repairs / Parts / Replace
Replies: 7
Views: 911

Trio-12 Repairs / Parts / Replace

Corey, As a long term fan of Trio/Nature House products, I vote for fixing your existing Trio housing. Nature House, Inc. was the last manufacturer of Trio/Nature House products. The parent company, Erva Tool & Manufacturing Company of Chicago, IL, used to have a complete catalog of parts. Since the...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Deluxe Universal HOSP trap
Replies: 1
Views: 429

Deluxe Universal HOSP trap

Brent, Excellent plan. Add a piece of grass sticking out of the entrance and that will make the male sparrow want to investigate if a rival male sparrow has tried to take over his compartment. Add a few down feather from any bird inside the trap and both the female and male HOSP will have to go into...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Would anyone like to help?
Replies: 17
Views: 1947

Venting Troyer Horizontal Gourds

Doug, I use 3/4" PVC 90 degrees elbows. The male end is pipe thread and the female end is straight slip fit. I use a 1" hole saw to cut the hole into the lid or into the gourd. I screw the male pipe thread into the 1" hole. A trace amount of silicone glue or chalk seals the threads from leaking. I u...