Adding perches to your Trio

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Whippy
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2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - ?

Adding perches to your Trio

Postby Whippy » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:24 pm

So I took over an abandoned Trio this week. I've been refurbishing it and tinkering around a little with it.


I wanted to add perches to the Trio but didn't want to just zip tie them on etc. So I discovered that the porches on the Trio are in 6 sections. There is an aluminum insert that runs the length of the porches holding all 6 sections in place. That rod can be pushed out. So I pushed it out a bit and inserted a wood dowel. At first I thought how easy it would be to replace the aluminum insert with a complete wood dowel. Problem with that is if the wood dowel rots on the inside of it I'd have a hard time getting them out. So I pushed the rod out, trimmed off 3.5 inches to allow it to keep all 6 sections together but allow for about 1.5 inches for the wood dowel. Now I can replace the wood dowel when needed and keep the integrity of the original design.

Photos will be on several entries as I have a hard time getting more than one or two photos to post.

These first two photos indicate the porch sections able to separate without the aluminum insert and the aluminum insert pushed out a little bit. I used the dowel rod to tap the insert completely out.
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Whippy
Posts: 417
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: 2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - ?

Re: Adding perches to your Trio

Postby Whippy » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:24 pm

Porches split without insert.
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Whippy
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Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: 2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - ?

Re: Adding perches to your Trio

Postby Whippy » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:27 pm

So now that I trimmed the original alumiinum insert, I inserted a 12" long wood dowel, used a center punch to mark the hole and drilled through the porch and the dowel.
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Whippy
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Martin Colony History: 2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - ?

Re: Adding perches to your Trio

Postby Whippy » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:29 pm

A small machine screw will hold it in place and keep it from potentially spinning. But, for the most part it's a pretty snug fit.
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Whippy
Posts: 417
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
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Martin Colony History: 2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - ?

Re: Adding perches to your Trio

Postby Whippy » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:30 pm

When it's done it'll look like this:
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Whippy
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2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - ?

Re: Adding perches to your Trio

Postby Whippy » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:32 pm

This is how far the wood dowel is inserted into the porch.
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Whippy
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Martin Colony History: 2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - ?

Re: Adding perches to your Trio

Postby Whippy » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:35 pm

I plan to put them on all four corners of the lower floor and on the upper floor I am going to have the perches inserted on the end porch rail so they'll be at a 90 degree angle to the bottom floor. Once I get it all done I'll post the final pictures. I'm waiting on some door pieces and nesting trays to be delivered so I can get it all finished up. It's raining today so I'm not able to plant the post and complete the project.

Coolwhips
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Re: Adding perches to your Trio

Postby T-Bird » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:59 pm

Nice job Whip. I’m starting to notice more and more housing around my neighborhood. Several similar to what you are working on.

Whippy
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Martin Colony History: 2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - ?

Re: Adding perches to your Trio

Postby Whippy » Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:10 pm

Nice job Whip. I’m starting to notice more and more housing around my neighborhood. Several similar to what you are working on.
Glad you mentioned that. As we grew up in this area I recall now that every Martin house I ever saw in this area was a Trio type house. My desire to go to gourds was personal preference but I believe that Martins in this area are accustomed to the Trio and similar type accommodations. I believe yours will fill up pretty good based on that. Gourds, in my opinion, seem to be a bit rare around these parts. I believe 90% of available Martin housing is Trio type structures. I'll wager my Trio will be full in March and I'll have a few gourds occupied. But, we will see.

Coolwhips

T-Bird
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Re: Adding perches to your Trio

Postby T-Bird » Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:52 pm

Nice job Whip. I’m starting to notice more and more housing around my neighborhood. Several similar to what you are working on.
Glad you mentioned that. As we grew up in this area I recall now that every Martin house I ever saw in this area was a Trio type house. My desire to go to gourds was personal preference but I believe that Martins in this area are accustomed to the Trio and similar type accommodations. I believe yours will fill up pretty good based on that. Gourds, in my opinion, seem to be a bit rare around these parts. I believe 90% of available Martin housing is Trio type structures. I'll wager my Trio will be full in March and I'll have a few gourds occupied. But, we will see.

Coolwhips
I hope my Trendsetter fills up! I still need to get some pine needles, and order a pole guard. Should I have my house flying high right now, or down low with the cover on it?

Whippy
Posts: 417
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: 2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - ?

Re: Adding perches to your Trio

Postby Whippy » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:59 pm

I'd go ahead and put it up high. You never know when the early birds will show up. I have my gourds up, open, pre nested, and vacancy sign on. I don't worry a lot about sparrows and starlings. For some reason I have not seen a house sparrow since I've lived here and I see only one or two starlings per year that stop, try to get in, get rejected and move on. They aren't even there long enough for me to get a shot off at them and my pellet gun is leaning against the door jam.

Coolwhips

T-Bird
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Re: Adding perches to your Trio

Postby T-Bird » Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:15 pm

I'd go ahead and put it up high. You never know when the early birds will show up. I have my gourds up, open, pre nested, and vacancy sign on. I don't worry a lot about sparrows and starlings. For some reason I have not seen a house sparrow since I've lived here and I see only one or two starlings per year that stop, try to get in, get rejected and move on. They aren't even there long enough for me to get a shot off at them and my pellet gun is leaning against the door jam.

Coolwhips
I guess I need to start looking at pellet guns. :grin:

Whatcha shooting? Crossman or Daisy?


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