Finished putting up my acquired Trio

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Whippy
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2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - ?

Finished putting up my acquired Trio

Postby Whippy » Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:43 pm

I ordered 6 new panels with crescent openings and 6 solid doors without any openings. I added window screen material to all vent holes to help keep wasps out. Ordered new nesting trays as well. I also added wooden dowels to each floor for additional perching choices.

It's all pre-nested with sevin dust.
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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: Finished putting up my acquired Trio

Postby Whippy » Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:44 pm

Here it is with my gourd rack in the back ground which is 30 paces from the Trio.
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Whippy
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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: Finished putting up my acquired Trio

Postby Whippy » Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:45 pm

Here is what the spool looks like with 3/32 cable.
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T-Bird
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Re: Finished putting up my acquired Trio

Postby T-Bird » Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:04 pm

Nice work Whip! Seen any martins flyin around? I have everything but martins trying to nest in my new house.

C.C.Martins
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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 sucessful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged.
2018-18 pair. 85 fledged.
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020:?
Home colony: 17 natural gourds, one 6 compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony Oso bay preserve: 12 gourds: excluder, troyer horizontal, super gourds with tunnels. 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: ?
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Re: Finished putting up my acquired Trio

Postby C.C.Martins » Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:14 pm

Whippy,
That looks real good. They will like the perching rods. Pretty house, nice set up. If the martins aren't in your area now Id be surprised. Eyes to the sky!
Tom
Tom

2016- two visitors
2017- 5 pair 15 Fledged
2018-18 pairs 85 Fledged
2019-17 pair 81 fledged
2020:

Satellite location: oso bay preserve 12 gourds, modified trio
2019: Visitors
2020: hopeful!!!

4th Gen Martin Fan
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Martin Colony History: I have been exposed to purple martin sounds in utero when my mother went out to get my father away from his martin colony.
I played around the martin colony every summer and watched as my father maintained his colony. In the late 50's until the 70's he did not notice European Starlings in south Texas.
When old enough, I helped maintain his colony. My primary task was eliminating English House Sparrows with a 1956 Benjamin 317 .177 air rifle.
When I settled into my own home, I started my first colony with an original Trio Castle and Trio Grandpa. When I moved again, I did not put up any martin houses. Frustration with European Starlings in the Southeast US was overwhelming.
Found PMCA Forum and learned about modern enlarged compartments and SREHs.
Inherited my father's last martin house, a Trio Grandma, modified it to modern specifications and have had good results since then.

Trio-Wade TW-12 House Modified to 6 Expanded Compartments

Postby 4th Gen Martin Fan » Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:53 pm

That Trio-Wade house looks great in your backyard.
Between the gourd rack and the Trio house, you have a good selection of housing for the purple martins.
A purple martin was sighted in Yantis, TX yesterday, 1/25/2020!
Mark.
Firm believer in Enlarged Compartments, SREHs, S&S Control, Pole Predator Guards, Owl/Hawk Guards, Mite/Parasite Control, Housing Insulation, and Vents for Compartment Cooling.
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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: Finished putting up my acquired Trio

Postby Whippy » Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:34 pm

I'm pretty excited about the set up for this year. The Martins that have been using my gourds are over flow from the Trio. Prior to moving the Trio it had only two compartments open so the others that didn't get in there came over here.

The Trio now has 6 two room cavities available with crescent entrances which used to be round openings. I'm sure they'll figure it out if they want it hard enough.

Yantis is about 1.5 hours east of Plano which is where I am. Looks like I got everything set up just in time since it's been pretty warm here early this year. I have not seen any Martins in the area yet as they usually arrive at my gourds in March. Maybe I'll catch a few early arrivals or maybe the SY birds that hung out here last year will return as ASY birds looking for the place they found. I'm anticipating, that with the two housing options, there will be a lot of aerial activity going back and forth thus attracting more and more Martins.


Thank you,

Coolwhips

4th Gen Martin Fan
Posts: 1344
Joined: Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:19 pm
Location: TN/Collierville
Martin Colony History: I have been exposed to purple martin sounds in utero when my mother went out to get my father away from his martin colony.
I played around the martin colony every summer and watched as my father maintained his colony. In the late 50's until the 70's he did not notice European Starlings in south Texas.
When old enough, I helped maintain his colony. My primary task was eliminating English House Sparrows with a 1956 Benjamin 317 .177 air rifle.
When I settled into my own home, I started my first colony with an original Trio Castle and Trio Grandpa. When I moved again, I did not put up any martin houses. Frustration with European Starlings in the Southeast US was overwhelming.
Found PMCA Forum and learned about modern enlarged compartments and SREHs.
Inherited my father's last martin house, a Trio Grandma, modified it to modern specifications and have had good results since then.

Trio Wade Martin House - Remodeled in New Location

Postby 4th Gen Martin Fan » Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:10 am

Yes, there are vacancies in the Remodeled to Modern Standard and Up to Date Purple Martin Construction Codes in new Plano, TX Location.
As you know, the more martin activity at your colony, the more martins will be vying for your deluxe accommodations.
Try not to be affected by SREH anxiety. The martins will play peek a boo with your new location for a few days after they arrive and then they will accept the Crescent SREHs.

If you have any problems with European Starlings breaching the Crescent entrances, then there are some tried and true modifications to the Crescent entrances to stop them cold. Keep in touch if there are problems with EUST.
Mark.
Firm believer in Enlarged Compartments, SREHs, S&S Control, Pole Predator Guards, Owl/Hawk Guards, Mite/Parasite Control, Housing Insulation, and Vents for Compartment Cooling.
PMCA Member.

Whippy
Posts: 431
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: Finished putting up my acquired Trio

Postby Whippy » Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:27 am

4th Gen,

I actually have fun watching them poke in and out of the SREH's. After a week they can hit them on the fly and pop right in. No anxiety on this end rather, pure entertainment. :grin:

Coolwhips.

Whippy
Posts: 431
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: Finished putting up my acquired Trio

Postby Whippy » Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:00 pm

Thought I'd show a couple photos on the cable replacement.

This photo shows the crimpers I used to make the loop to attach the cable to the house carriage.
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Whippy
Posts: 431
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: Finished putting up my acquired Trio

Postby Whippy » Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:03 pm

Here is a photo of the cable attached to the house carriage. You can see the 3/32 cable fits just fine. I used a nylon lock nut in he place of thhe nut provided.

Be sure to run the cable though the chimney of the house before you attache it to the carriage. You can see the roof at the top of the photo with the cable having been passed through.
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4th Gen Martin Fan
Posts: 1344
Joined: Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:19 pm
Location: TN/Collierville
Martin Colony History: I have been exposed to purple martin sounds in utero when my mother went out to get my father away from his martin colony.
I played around the martin colony every summer and watched as my father maintained his colony. In the late 50's until the 70's he did not notice European Starlings in south Texas.
When old enough, I helped maintain his colony. My primary task was eliminating English House Sparrows with a 1956 Benjamin 317 .177 air rifle.
When I settled into my own home, I started my first colony with an original Trio Castle and Trio Grandpa. When I moved again, I did not put up any martin houses. Frustration with European Starlings in the Southeast US was overwhelming.
Found PMCA Forum and learned about modern enlarged compartments and SREHs.
Inherited my father's last martin house, a Trio Grandma, modified it to modern specifications and have had good results since then.

Trio Wade Martin House Winch Cable

Postby 4th Gen Martin Fan » Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:28 pm

Those are excellent pictures to let everyone know that a 3/32" stainless steel 7x7 wire rope will work with any Trio Winch.
You are definitely equipped with the right tool for crimping.

Glad you have your colony ready for the purple martins because they are headed your way on the map of the 2020 Scout-Arrival Study!
Mark.
Firm believer in Enlarged Compartments, SREHs, S&S Control, Pole Predator Guards, Owl/Hawk Guards, Mite/Parasite Control, Housing Insulation, and Vents for Compartment Cooling.
PMCA Member.

deancamp
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Re: Finished putting up my acquired Trio

Postby deancamp » Tue Jan 28, 2020 11:40 am

Good job Whippy. Good to see you rescued and remodeled the Trio. Can't wait to hear about you reaping the rewards soon.

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Re: Finished putting up my acquired Trio

Postby avesrun » Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:30 am

Hey Whippy found this thread searching for Wasp remedies. I have screen over the roof vents on my trios but not the door vents/holes. Did you screen the holes on your trio doors? I had horrible wasp population last season and had to be vigilant especially on unused trios. How did you attach your screen pieces over the holes? Thank you!
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2018 - 44 pair, 163 fledged

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: Finished putting up my acquired Trio

Postby Whippy » Sat Feb 22, 2020 4:04 pm

Hey Whippy found this thread searching for Wasp remedies. I have screen over the roof vents on my trios but not the door vents/holes. Did you screen the holes on your trio doors? I had horrible wasp population last season and had to be vigilant especially on unused trios. How did you attach your screen pieces over the holes? Thank you!
I made a cardboard template with a square cut out and laid it over the door. It was a 1x1 inch square. This allowed me to apply spray adhesive in just that square. Once it got tacky I put a square piece of window screen on it. By spraying the door you can apply the screen without getting adhesive on the part that covers the hole. If you get adhesive on that part part of the screen it’ll trap dust and eventually get clogged up.

Pretty easy to do. I did all 12 doors in less than an hour. I precut the screen pieces then laid out all the doors and sprayed them.

I’m out of town and will return tomorrow night. If you like I can add a photo of the process at that time. Hopefully I explained it so you can picture the process.

That template had the 1x1 square cut out of the corner so the entire door was covered except for the 1x1 corner where the vent holes are.

There is another thread I made that might have pictures of that in it. Search my name and it may pop up. I forgot the title of that thread but it is about the trio.

Forgot to add. You gotta take the doors off and apply the adhesive and window screen on the inside so you don’t see it from the outside.

T-Bird
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Re: Finished putting up my acquired Trio

Postby T-Bird » Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:18 pm

Hey Whippy found this thread searching for Wasp remedies. I have screen over the roof vents on my trios but not the door vents/holes. Did you screen the holes on your trio doors? I had horrible wasp population last season and had to be vigilant especially on unused trios. How did you attach your screen pieces over the holes? Thank you!
I made a cardboard template with a square cut out and laid it over the door. It was a 1x1 inch square. This allowed me to apply spray adhesive in just that square. Once it got tacky I put a square piece of window screen on it. By spraying the door you can apply the screen without getting adhesive on the part that covers the hole. If you get adhesive on that part part of the screen it’ll trap dust and eventually get clogged up.

Pretty easy to do. I did all 12 doors in less than an hour. I precut the screen pieces then laid out all the doors and sprayed them.

I’m out of town and will return tomorrow night. If you like I can add a photo of the process at that time. Hopefully I explained it so you can picture the process.

That template had the 1x1 square cut out of the corner so the entire door was covered except for the 1x1 corner where the vent holes are.

There is another thread I made that might have pictures of that in it. Search my name and it may pop up. I forgot the title of that thread but it is about the trio.

Forgot to add. You gotta take the doors off and apply the adhesive and window screen on the inside so you don’t see it from the outside.
What adhesive did you use?

avesrun
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Satellite Site: 2017 (3rd season)
34 pair
Fledged- 102

Re: Finished putting up my acquired Trio

Postby avesrun » Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:29 pm

Thanks Whippy; all makes sense! I dont consider myself in the Trio Master Jedi class with 4th Gen and Matt F et al but close ha ha! I've screened everywhere on my Trios except the doors and will try this method before putting them up this season.
Tbird I believe the adhesive is "spray-on" and comes in a spray paint type can. I've used it once before for keeping Chicago Bear fathead on a wall :lol:
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Home Site: 2012-15 visitors
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
2017-18 Zero
2019- possible 2 pair!
Satellite Site: 2014 - visitors
2015 - 2 pair, fledged 9
2016 - 13 pair, fledged 44
2017 - 31 pair, fledged 118
2018 - 44 pair, 163 fledged

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: Finished putting up my acquired Trio

Postby Whippy » Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:55 pm

I use 3M spray adhesive.

deancamp
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Re: Finished putting up my acquired Trio

Postby deancamp » Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:20 pm

Whippy,
Please keep us posted as to how this new house performs this year.

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: Finished putting up my acquired Trio

Postby Whippy » Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:31 pm

Whippy,
Please keep us posted as to how this new house performs this year.
I sure will.

Just need to get some returning Martins and I'll be fine. I am anxious to see if I get the Trio filled since it has always only had two compartments open when it was being unattended.

I'll post pictures of the screen on the door vent holes tomorrow night.

Coolwhips


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