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by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:26 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Classic Trio/Nature House and Griggsville video
Replies: 14
Views: 3456

"The Purple Martin Story" by Griggsville Wild Bird

Matt, Thank you for posting this video link. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have read peripherally about the Griggsville, IL story but this video brought a lot together for me. I believe that J. L Wade's efforts were well founded. We all know that some of the sales hype was false but it did introduce a ...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sat Feb 01, 2014 5:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is this worth fixing?
Replies: 26
Views: 5674

Missing Picture

Matt, The picture of the predecessor DH-12 did not come through. I am interested in seeing that picture. After studying the YouTube video, I can now see the difference in the doors. In all of my 57 years so far I have never seen an albino Purple Martin! The albino was worth viewing the video. I wond...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:22 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Let the race begin! There's no place like home!
Replies: 4
Views: 1084

The Purple Martin Poet

Doug,
I knew that there had to be a poet among us.
I really enjoyed it.
Mark.
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:52 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Pulling out all the stops
Replies: 10
Views: 1521

Martins, Dogs and Kids

Mark, My father has always had a dog (and sometimes dogs) and definitely kids which roamed freely around and under his purple martin houses. The purple martins never stopped coming. An occasional martin would dive bomb us (dog and kids.) For the most part they ignored us and we ignored them as we pl...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:16 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is this worth fixing?
Replies: 26
Views: 5674

Trio Georgian

Matt F, The house featured in that Sears catalog looks identical to the Trio house that Ray has. I believe it is the Trio Georgian. You really are the Trio/Nature House Jedi! The hexagonal 24 room house looks like a Trio DH12 Aluminum Economy Hexagon Martin House but with two extra floors to make it...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is this worth fixing?
Replies: 26
Views: 5674

Conversion to Individual Doors

I have never seen a single door per deck Trio house.
I would presume that the conversion to individual doors per original compartment is just a matter of finding or ordering the requisite number of doors.
The doors are available as either blank or entrance of your choice from PMCA Shop.
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is this worth fixing?
Replies: 26
Views: 5674

Dishwasher Cleaning

Dorn County, I like your ideas on cleaning up the main crud. I found that after the initial cleaning of the main crud, I then put the disassembled inside parts into the kitchen dishwasher, add the dishwasher tablets or detergent, and wash it on the heavy wash and sanitize cycle. Even my wife was ama...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Is this worth fixing?
Replies: 26
Views: 5674

Trio House Restoration

Ray, My father's Trio Musselman was in worse condition. I fixed his up for sentimental reasons and I know that people would not believe that it is the same house. I doubt that most martin landlords would go to the trouble it requires. If the floors are rotten then I would be reluctant myself to rest...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sat Jan 25, 2014 2:55 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Concrete, gravel, both?
Replies: 17
Views: 7285

If I read the directions for the K-series gourd rack's standard mounting, then the concrete actually holds a stake. This stake is filled with concrete to strengthen the area where the stake meets the concrete. The 3" pole then slides over this stake. In that case the pea gravel under the concrete wo...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:45 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 13 degrees tonite, 9 tomorrow night
Replies: 22
Views: 5743

But you guys get all the martins. :wink:
Seriously though. Ron, that is an impressive colony that you are nurturing! Steady growth. You must be doing everything correctly.
Mark.
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Photos Of Purple Martins Using Aluminum Houses
Replies: 9
Views: 4293

Porch Dividers on Trio Castle

It just dawned on me that if the porch dividers on the Trio Castle were extended up to the porch above, then the porches would be strengthened even more. Extending the porch dividers would establish a staggered porch support. Why do I always look at stuff and immediately think of how to improve upon...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:18 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 13 degrees tonite, 9 tomorrow night
Replies: 22
Views: 5743

Low of 8 degrees F at Collierville, TN last night

My outside thermometer registered a low of 8 degrees F last night.
My advise to the martins, Stay South, Slow Down the Migration North!

Mark.
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Photos Of Purple Martins Using Aluminum Houses
Replies: 9
Views: 4293

Trio Castle Porch Divider Plans

The porch dividers on Steve's Trio Castle look identical to the plans seen in the Purple Martin Conservation Association's Forum Archives. Look under Category - "Housing Improvements," then Title - "How To Enlarge Compartments on Trio Houses." The plans and diagram are at the bottom of the article b...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Photos Of Purple Martins Using Aluminum Houses
Replies: 9
Views: 4293

Successful sponsorship

Steve, Your first picture of the modified Trio Castle reminds me of mine. I really appreciated the quality of it. I gave to my next door neighbor years ago. He did not end up being a responsible landlord and he did not take care of it. I am glad that you have always had good success with your sponso...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:36 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: pine shavings/GCFL entrance hole size
Replies: 10
Views: 3087

rtanner77, I am jealous of your martin colony. What a great setup! I want to hear more from you about your experiences with the pine shavings. Is it possible for you to try some of the pine shavings in a few of your gourds and tell us of the results? You are an amazing landlord. Your martins will th...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:27 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Foam T-14 For Sale * DFW TX Area ** $400 OBO
Replies: 4
Views: 1741

I am familiar with the construction techniques which you used in making this T14. Along with boat construction, this fiberglass on foam core is used in model airplane construction. An extreme example is the Voyager's wings that Burt Rutan used to fly nonstop without refueling around the world. Light...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: pine shavings/GCFL entrance hole size
Replies: 10
Views: 3087

I have looked into the various types of pine shavings and shredded cypress shavings. They were all variations on the same theme in my view. The amount of dirt and fine shavings would probably clog the drainage holes in the gourds. If I had to resort to any of these choices, I would have to put shred...
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:16 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I feel like a grandfather rather than godfather
Replies: 3
Views: 630

Awesome

That video is awesome and inspiring to everyone this time of the year. Time to get everything fixed and ready for when the martins return.
The more I see gourd racks, the more I can see their advantages.
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 13 degrees tonite, 9 tomorrow night
Replies: 22
Views: 5743

15 degrees F low in Collierville, TN

I definitely do not want the purple martins too early.
Last night's low here was 15 degrees F.
As you mentioned, the low temperature is supposed to be worse tonight.
I am anxious to have them back but not that anxious.
by 4th Gen Martin Fan
Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:59 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Getting ready
Replies: 19
Views: 4531

MidSouth Purple Martin Experiences

Other than observing the purple martins and helping my father with his colony in Texas from 1960-1983, my own purple martin colony did not begin until 1990 when I moved into a house in Cordova, TN with an open area for martins. My purple martin house was half full the first year because a super colo...

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