Ok, That’s what I’m going to do. Thanks for the advice.deancamp wrote: ↑Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:40 pmIf you lower it 2 to 3 feet, they won't act like they even noticed. Leave it down until the threat of strong winds are over. If I lower mine down for a thunderstorm overnight, I don't raise it back up until the next afternoon when I come home from work, so I'm not interfering with ther social time.
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I put my condo house up this February, I put 16 gourds up last year. I saw a few visitors last year, nothing until today I saw 6 sitting on my perch I made for them, is this a good sign they will nest this year or next? I live in Jonesville SC
Don't get to excited yet! But anytime a Martin comes to visit it's a great sign. If they start investigating your housing and spending the night you are in business! This time in the cycle they are most likely looking for a nesting site!
Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who gave me advice on starting my colony. This was my 2 nd year trying and it worked out well this year. I had ASY birds & SY birds with 20 pairs in all. Had 40 babies & fledgling 36 they are all gone for this year. Going to make some adjustments on some room sizes to give them a little more room in my house’s. Add another pole and gourds, may build 2 more houses. Don’t know how fast my colony will grow just want to be ready.
Mike, just wanted to let you know the Martins filled up those bo9’s this year I got from you & some. I had 20 pairs this year. Hatched 40 eggs fledging 36. I’m putting up 2 more houses I built & 18 more Bo9’s . Don’t know how much my colony will grow in 2021 but I’m ready. Thanks to you and everyone who gave me advice.
Mjfog , Hey Mike , just wanted to let you know the Martins filled up the bo9’s I got from you this year. I had 20 pair laying 40 eggs. I fledge 36 , I am looking forward to 2021. Not knowing how fast my colony will grow I built 2 more houses with 7 by 12 rooms 8 rooms in each house. Going to put up another post with 18 more bo9’s with tunnels. I also want to thank you & everyone on this site for your help & advise. Tommy.