Out with the rat birds ,in with the martins! New beginnings

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PMDavid
Posts: 370
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: Second year trying to attract martins. This year I am getting rid of the wooden house and showing something they are used to seeing.
Offering 2 trio grandpaws w/2natural gourds under each and C.Abare gourd rack w/16 natural gourds. And one rehabbed 16 compartment Coates original with two natural gourds.Lots of lookers,a few overnighters and daily activity cruising and looking. All gourds have a rain canopy and wire perch.2019 7 pair moving into 2020 almost double pairs from 2019. Still have most of the month of March to go for new arrivals and April.

Re: Out with the rat birds ,in with the martins! New beginnings

Postby PMDavid » Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:27 am

Ok .....moving forward,made the teeter totter and the elevator car and attached it. Test fitted it and just have to balance it today. Went and reclaimed the hardware cloth and test fitted it,perfect size! Today..........possible final assembly. If not today I will go work in the carpenter shop and have it finished tomorrow for sure. Then...👹👹👹👹the killing begins!!!!!!

PMDavid
Posts: 370
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: Second year trying to attract martins. This year I am getting rid of the wooden house and showing something they are used to seeing.
Offering 2 trio grandpaws w/2natural gourds under each and C.Abare gourd rack w/16 natural gourds. And one rehabbed 16 compartment Coates original with two natural gourds.Lots of lookers,a few overnighters and daily activity cruising and looking. All gourds have a rain canopy and wire perch.2019 7 pair moving into 2020 almost double pairs from 2019. Still have most of the month of March to go for new arrivals and April.

Re: Out with the rat birds ,in with the martins! New beginnings

Postby PMDavid » Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:53 pm

Ready for action! Finished up the deluxe repeater today . The teeter totter is set to fall with three quarters, a grown male sparrow supposedly weighs five quarters. Jilt this rig totally free from being resourceful in finding materials to re purpose. Total time in the job .......about two hours at most. FREE deluxe repeating sparrow trap !
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deancamp
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Re: Out with the rat birds ,in with the martins! New beginnings

Postby deancamp » Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:50 pm

Great work David. Love your passion!

PMDavid
Posts: 370
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: Second year trying to attract martins. This year I am getting rid of the wooden house and showing something they are used to seeing.
Offering 2 trio grandpaws w/2natural gourds under each and C.Abare gourd rack w/16 natural gourds. And one rehabbed 16 compartment Coates original with two natural gourds.Lots of lookers,a few overnighters and daily activity cruising and looking. All gourds have a rain canopy and wire perch.2019 7 pair moving into 2020 almost double pairs from 2019. Still have most of the month of March to go for new arrivals and April.

Re: Out with the rat birds ,in with the martins! New beginnings

Postby PMDavid » Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:09 pm

Now that I did all that all I gotta do is talk those folks at the feed store into allowing me to place it there. I have zero sparrow issues at my house.

kim w.
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Joined: Mon May 05, 2014 6:43 pm
Location: IN/Goshen

Re: Out with the rat birds ,in with the martins! New beginnings

Postby kim w. » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:30 am

Where did you put the access hole to remove birds?
Kim W.

PMDavid
Posts: 370
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: Second year trying to attract martins. This year I am getting rid of the wooden house and showing something they are used to seeing.
Offering 2 trio grandpaws w/2natural gourds under each and C.Abare gourd rack w/16 natural gourds. And one rehabbed 16 compartment Coates original with two natural gourds.Lots of lookers,a few overnighters and daily activity cruising and looking. All gourds have a rain canopy and wire perch.2019 7 pair moving into 2020 almost double pairs from 2019. Still have most of the month of March to go for new arrivals and April.

Re: Out with the rat birds ,in with the martins! New beginnings

Postby PMDavid » Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:12 am

Well Kim ......good eye! I actually called myself “done” when I took those pics,then stupid me said the same thing upon final examination. I then cut an “arm size” hole in the far end put a flat small board across it and screwed it back on with two screws. Check back sometime today and I’ll post a pic of that. Didn’t have a small hinge so I just did it that way,it’ll work just fine. Had I actually bought anything it would have messed up my total free thing I had going on so I ad libbed it 😊

PMDavid
Posts: 370
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: Second year trying to attract martins. This year I am getting rid of the wooden house and showing something they are used to seeing.
Offering 2 trio grandpaws w/2natural gourds under each and C.Abare gourd rack w/16 natural gourds. And one rehabbed 16 compartment Coates original with two natural gourds.Lots of lookers,a few overnighters and daily activity cruising and looking. All gourds have a rain canopy and wire perch.2019 7 pair moving into 2020 almost double pairs from 2019. Still have most of the month of March to go for new arrivals and April.

Re: Out with the rat birds ,in with the martins! New beginnings

Postby PMDavid » Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:18 pm

Here is the “ad libbed” access hole
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PMDavid
Posts: 370
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: Second year trying to attract martins. This year I am getting rid of the wooden house and showing something they are used to seeing.
Offering 2 trio grandpaws w/2natural gourds under each and C.Abare gourd rack w/16 natural gourds. And one rehabbed 16 compartment Coates original with two natural gourds.Lots of lookers,a few overnighters and daily activity cruising and looking. All gourds have a rain canopy and wire perch.2019 7 pair moving into 2020 almost double pairs from 2019. Still have most of the month of March to go for new arrivals and April.

Re: Out with the rat birds ,in with the martins! New beginnings

Postby PMDavid » Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:04 pm

Well it works like a charm!! Went Saturday afternoon at closing and” stealthfully” put out the trap around all the cattle panels by the Martin house . I see the rat birds landing in the panels and playing around right there. Put a nice pile of bird seed in the tray and a little on top for langinappe. Went today at 11:30 cause curiosity kills the cat ,and had 9 yes that’s right 9 rats birds inside !! Laughed my ... off and left it there . Now instead of the dozen I usually see on the Martin house there were only 3. Will go back at dark and retrieve the trap and......we’ll let’s just say they will be RELOCATED !
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