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by T-Bird
Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: Stabilizing Ground Stake to Pour Concrete Mix

T-Bird, There are many ways to stabilize the ground stake. If you are going to use the rebar to strengthen the concrete, then use rebar tie wire to hold the rebar together and even consider a few pieces of rebar to make a cradle for the ground stake to sit on. You wanted to know if the rebar sticks...
by T-Bird
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: New to Martins and Forum....

tor wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:54 pm
Welcome to the wonderful world of Purple Martins. Hopefully you'll see and host martins soon. Good luck to you.
Thank you!
by T-Bird
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: New to Martins and Forum....

The ground stake is actually steel, and quite heavy. My concern is because the hole is 36” deep, and I’m only burying this stake 24” into the ground, how do I suspend the stake while pouring the concrete while keeping it all level. I’m afraid that 2 fence boards bolted together wouldn’t be enough to...
by T-Bird
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: Ground Stake Hole

T-Bird, That hole size sounds great. You will need to use supports to hold the ground stake exactly in place while you pour the concrete and let it set. Do not eyeball it. Use a post level to get it right. You can get one for $7-10 at home improvement store. A slight error in plumb will be greatly ...
by T-Bird
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: Ground Stake Concrete

T-Bird/Tom, Do I recall correctly that with the 3" square aluminum pole system, the Ground Stake itself is filled with concrete in addition to the concrete to fill the hole? Or am I thinking of another type of ground stake? Correct. The ground stake is to be filled with concrete. It is 48” long, an...
by T-Bird
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: Ground Stake Concrete

T-Bird, My sister in Seguin, TX made her first hole and concrete like Tom did - 14 in diameter x 3 1/2 ft deep with the belled out bottom. That 3" square 14 ft aluminum pole is identical to your pole and ground stake. She was not happy at all of the extra work but she loves that the martin gourd ra...
by T-Bird
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: New to Martins and Forum....

I used 2 foot lengths of regular rebar. Surprisingly easy to cut. Pounded them in...not fun in a deep hole so used a board to press the ones on the sides in about half way so that the ends are extending into the hole. Ones on the bottom was easy. Put a few inches of gravel in the bottom for drainag...
by T-Bird
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: New to Martins and Forum....

Its going to be exciting for you, all the time, $$ and effort in the house. Its a lot of fun preparing. When your all ready to set up, house has arrived and all, please ask any questions; when it comes to the amount of cement, depth of the hole, even orientation of the house (what I mean by that is...
by T-Bird
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: New to Martins and Forum....

T-bird, Welcome aboard! You are off to a good start from what I am reading. In your questions about type of boxes, locations, etc, I didnt see much discussion about the importance of the proper type of pole equipped with a hoisting sytem to make nest checks easy to perform on a routine basis. Make ...
by T-Bird
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: New to Martins and Forum....

looks like a good spot to me. taking into consideration the weight of the house, pole type of soil, etc how deep were you thinking of going? Well, the pole came with a steel ground stake, and the instructions state to dig a 14” x 14” x 24” deep hole. So that’s what I did. Will probably get cement t...
by T-Bird
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: New to Martins and Forum....

Its going to be exciting for you, all the time, $$ and effort in the house. Its a lot of fun preparing. When your all ready to set up, house has arrived and all, please ask any questions; when it comes to the amount of cement, depth of the hole, even orientation of the house. When in doubt of the a...
by T-Bird
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: New Landlord Anxiety

T-Bird, I cannot wait for your news that martins have arrived at your setup. You will watch the martins from your windows with binoculars and be afraid to walk outside. You will think that the martins will leave if you disturb them. I have never known a time without martins in our backyard as a kid...
by T-Bird
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: Good Martin Housing

T-Bird, I agree with Tom. The round house looks cute and if that is the house that brought you to purple martins, then it has served its purpose. Put it somewhere in your house as a decoration if you need to do something with it. The round house will be nothing but trouble. It cannot be adapted to ...
by T-Bird
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: New to Martins and Forum....

C.C.Martins wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:15 am
T-bird,
If at all possible avoid putting up the round house. its a magnet for every other bird you do not want near a martin house. It won't assist you in attracting martins. just a suggestion.
Tom
Good to know. Thank you!

T-Bird
by T-Bird
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: New to Martins and Forum....

You will find differing opinions on treating mites. Some on here do not use any "chemicals" relying only on nest changes. I have a method I (and others) use that has worked well for me. The day before my first eggs are due to start hatching I open each cavity and sprinkle a small amount of Seven du...
by T-Bird
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: Trendsetter and Pine needles

T-Bird, Welcome to the PMCA Forum. Your Trendsetter 12 on a 3" square 14 foot pole is an excellent purple martin setup!! I would put the pole guard on as soon as possible. I feel confident that you will get martins this year. Be prepared to be hooked on martins when the first one arrives. Such joy ...
by T-Bird
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: New to Martins and Forum....

T-Bird, I've had great success with my Trendsetters. Had a house full the first year so I added another 8 compartment house last year. Both were full. No problem attracting the martins. Good luck and if you need any help this is the place to find it. This forum has been a great help for me many tim...
by T-Bird
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: New to Martins and Forum....

kim w. wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:40 pm
T-Bird welcome
You can't go wrong with a Trendsetter. Top quality! Just try to match whatever is in your area.
Thanks Kim!

You know, I have driven around my area, and have seen several Martin houses, but no Trendsetters. Mostly 2 story, 6 cavity houses on round poles.
by T-Bird
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: New to Martins and Forum....

T bird - I agree with cc martin. Place your colony on the lower grassy area as close as you like to the wall. You want to keep your colony 50-60 feet from the edge of tree canopy and it appears you have plenty of room to do that. I started doing this landlord thing with a single 6 gourd colony just...
by T-Bird
Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New to Martins and Forum....
Replies: 83
Views: 27831

Re: New to Martins and Forum....

T-bird, Happy New year, wish this season is successful for you in attracting that first group. They will be here very soon. Please see what you can do about sending a picture of your site as flyin-lowe suggests, you'll get good suggestions on placement. If the back is restricted maybe the front...t...