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DelmaWhisenhunt
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Joined: Mon Aug 08, 2005 10:17 am
Location: Idabel, OK

My son plans to use gourds next year and the question has arisen, normally will more than one pair nest in a single gourd? He built a motel for the martins, proper nest size, insulated, composition roof, and they said, no thank you. So he plans to take the house down and replace with an array of gourds.
Delma Whisenhunt
Idabel, OK
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C.C.Martins
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Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA made adjustments and next year was successful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021:
Home colony: mix natural gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 gourds: PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021:
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well, lots of types and styles to choose from! But one year with the house and no takers isn't unusual (im guessing one year I suppose)...don't look at the house as a failure. How long has it been up? is the location an issue? don't give up on the house just yet. If he is determined about the gourds (they are great) perhaps a combination of the two?
But to answer your question, no...only one pair will nest in the gourd...they may pile in during winter/migration to stay warm but when it comes to nesting, one pair per gourd.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
Ransom Graham
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Location: Newton, NC

Smart thing to do is hang 4 or so gourds from the bottom of the house. Keep both and let them choose.
DelmaWhisenhunt
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Joined: Mon Aug 08, 2005 10:17 am
Location: Idabel, OK

Thanks for your information and suggestion to hang the gourds on the house. I like the idea and my son seemed to like the idea, also. He has an ideal location and for two or three years had martins unit a storm came, toppling the house, and several baby martins were killed. He then built the marvelous house with all expertise. He is a carpenter by occupation. No martins anymore.
Delma Whisenhunt
Idabel, OK
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BillieJR
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Joined: Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:39 am
Location: Monroe, WI

That's too bad he lost his colony because of a storm. Good luck to him.
Billie from south central Wisconsin
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