Got one new rack installed

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Brad Biddle
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Location: Marshall County AL

Would have gotten both the racks installed but the idiot that built them (me) made a mistake on the first one and it’s going to have to be modified to work. I’ll get that done next week.

I modified the ground stakes that I built and that made installation a breeze. I’ll post a photo of that too.

This rack is 5’ 9” in diameter. It easily held 30 Troyer Vertical gourds. It looks so compact next to one of my 24 gourd “crossarm” racks that only holds 24 gourds. I chickened our and cut my 24’ pole down to 22’ 6” As rigid as the 4” square aluminum tubing is, I think 24 would have been fine but they are what they are.

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Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 132 plastic gourds with tunnels and all SREH.
Brad Biddle
Posts: 523
Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:22 pm
Location: Marshall County AL

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Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 132 plastic gourds with tunnels and all SREH.
Brad Biddle
Posts: 523
Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:22 pm
Location: Marshall County AL

I made one half of the ground sleeve 5” longer than the other. I enlisted 2 guys to help stand the pole up, or actually to wrestle it into the hole while I stood it up with the tractor, but with that “backboard” on the ground sleeve it was so very easy to stand it up.

Edit: I put the wrong photo in.
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Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 132 plastic gourds with tunnels and all SREH.
Lewis
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Location: Georgia/Newnan

Happy Home for your Martins.

Lewis
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flyin-lowe
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Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Very well done, looks nice and I am certain that rack will produce thousands of martins over it's lifespan.
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
Brad Biddle
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Lewis, I think they'll love it, although they don't like it right now. It changed their flight path between the 2, 24 gourd racks in my backyard.

Thanks Lowe!
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 132 plastic gourds with tunnels and all SREH.
tor
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Joined: Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:35 pm
Location: Marlboro County, SC
Martin Colony History: Capacity: 72 Troyers on 3 X Super-24 racks

Very nice setup. Good luck this season.
Location: Marlboro County, SC

2020: Capacity: 72 - First Scouts: 2/11 - 71 pair - 298 hatched as of last nest check.
2019: Capacity: 72 - First Scouts: 2/22 - 70 pair - 315 fledged
2018: Capacity: 70 - First Scouts: 2/18 - 60 pair - 270 fledged
2017: Capacity: 42 - First Scouts: 2/25 - 39 pair
2016: Capacity: 42 - First Scouts: 3/10 - 32 pair
2015: Capacity: 24 - First Scouts: 3/23 - 4 pair

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2020 Season
bobeteb
Posts: 52
Joined: Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:03 pm
Location: IL/Breese
Martin Colony History: 2014 no birds 12 rm trio house
2015 1 ASY pair fledged 5 modified trio to large rooms with 4 TVG under
2016 added second gourd rack with 2 THGs and added third floor to trio
2 ASY pair fledged 10.
2017 added 2 Bo 11 gourds, 6 pair 26 eggs 23 fledged.
2018 adding 2 more THGs and a 4th floor to the trio, hopefully something for everyone. All SRE, cant shoot in town, can't wait for April.
2018 16 pair fledged 65, great summer.
Just finished building a T14 and will be hanging 4 troyer gourds under it so we will see if my returning birds approve of the improvements for 2019.

Looks great. are those conely ll entrance with lewis modification?
Rodger Drye
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Martin Colony History: Have been hosting and providing a sanactuary for Purple Martins for 30 years.

Brad,

Job well done my man.!!

Rodger
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Brad Biddle
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Location: Marshall County AL

Thanks tor and Rodger.

bobeteb, yessir that's what they are. I used the Lewis modification on every cavity I offer. I still have lots of homemade WDC/ Modified Excluders and put them on those too.
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 132 plastic gourds with tunnels and all SREH.
bobeteb
Posts: 52
Joined: Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:03 pm
Location: IL/Breese
Martin Colony History: 2014 no birds 12 rm trio house
2015 1 ASY pair fledged 5 modified trio to large rooms with 4 TVG under
2016 added second gourd rack with 2 THGs and added third floor to trio
2 ASY pair fledged 10.
2017 added 2 Bo 11 gourds, 6 pair 26 eggs 23 fledged.
2018 adding 2 more THGs and a 4th floor to the trio, hopefully something for everyone. All SRE, cant shoot in town, can't wait for April.
2018 16 pair fledged 65, great summer.
Just finished building a T14 and will be hanging 4 troyer gourds under it so we will see if my returning birds approve of the improvements for 2019.

Thanks l am considering adding those as I have had a couple starlings breach this year. Obviously they are working for you.
Rodger Drye
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Whoa hold on a sec. I think I’m missing out on something. Just exactly what is the Lewis Modification.??

Rodger
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PMDavid
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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.Here late in season seemed to have as many as 18 Pr of nesting birds. Huge upscale in birds from 2019. Will also have a 20 gourd satellite rack prepared for the 2021 season.

Brad, your rack. Looks outstanding. And I like the fact it can hold so many gourds.Good Job!
Brad Biddle
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Location: Marshall County AL

bobeteb wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:09 pm
Thanks l am considering adding those as I have had a couple starlings breach this year. Obviously they are working for you.
They saved my colony.
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 132 plastic gourds with tunnels and all SREH.
Brad Biddle
Posts: 523
Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:22 pm
Location: Marshall County AL

Rodger Drye wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:07 pm
Whoa hold on a sec. I think I’m missing out on something. Just exactly what is the Lewis Modification.??

Rodger
You put a Wing Entrapment Guard over the front (outside) of a SREH entrance. It makes them much more Starling resistant. I became aware of the Lewis (member name on here) modification last year after I had close to 20 Starling nests in my Conley II entrances. I don't know how to find the original post from Lewis. Maybe he'll see this and chime in. I'll take a close up pic of one tomorrow and post it for you on this thread.
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Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 132 plastic gourds with tunnels and all SREH.
Brad Biddle
Posts: 523
Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:22 pm
Location: Marshall County AL

PMDavid wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:24 pm
Brad, your rack. Looks outstanding. And I like the fact it can hold so many gourds.Good Job!
Thanks David. My wife thinks she's got your gourd seed envelope. I'll let you know for sure tomorrow.
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 132 plastic gourds with tunnels and all SREH.
PMDavid
Posts: 418
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.Here late in season seemed to have as many as 18 Pr of nesting birds. Huge upscale in birds from 2019. Will also have a 20 gourd satellite rack prepared for the 2021 season.

Cool,I’ll check tomorrow for confirmation. Thanks man.
Rodger Drye
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Brad,

Yea man please do . I’d like to see a close up of what you have. I have a lot of Conley II entrances and I don’t think I’ve ever had a Starling breach through them.

Rodger
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