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Joined: Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:08 am
Location: Draketown Ga
Martin Colony History: 2020 put house up end of April. Gourds in May
4 or 5 pair of martins

Anyone use 3/8 all thread to support gourds. Or for a perch
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1863
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

... dgobely ... First Welcome to the Forum.. Great to see you here... I have seen people use the 48 inch long green plastic rods from Lowe's.. They just wire tie them to the house railing.. They may stick out 12 inches or so, on each side of the house, but the Martins love them...

Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, ... :wink:

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies. ... :wink:

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Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:19 am
Location: Gladewater, Texas

There are also 48" Fiberglas rods at Lowes or Home Depot, they are 3/8" also.

If you use these they will need to be painted. Over time and the suns uv rays they will begin to splinter as Fiberglas does.

But they are strong and will last forever if painted, I have never broken one.
2008 - 33 PAIR - FLEDGED 96 YOUNG
2009 - 51 PAIR - FLEDGED 166 YOUNG
2010 - 45 PAIR - FLEDGED 146 YOUNG
2011 - 33 PAIR - 128 HATCHED, 97 FLEDGED
2012 - 37 PAIR - 119 HATCHED, 101 FLEDGED
Dave Duit
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Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2019, 54 pair with 218 fledged youngsters. 83 total compartments available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified trio metal house units, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit and join.

My gourd rake is homemade welded and I used 3/8th inch steel rods and thread the ends of the rods to screw on a lock nut about 5 inches back, then drilled a hole near the front to accommodate a hitch pin so the gourd wouldn't slip off the front end of the rod. Works great and has shown now wear in 15 years. For perches, I used driveway markers and they last about 5 years. They extend past the roofs of my metal trio style houses. I use a cable stretched between the gourd racks for additional perching opportunities.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
Posts: 5
Joined: Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:08 am
Location: Draketown Ga
Martin Colony History: 2020 put house up end of April. Gourds in May
4 or 5 pair of martins

Bear with me as I try to figure how to work this site. I may have gotten my house up a little late. First week in April. I live in Georgia. Worst case I will be ready for next year.
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Joined: Thu May 26, 2016 9:23 am
Location: tennesse
Martin Colony History: Started colony in 2014. First pair to stay and raise young in 2018.

Hey I made my gourd racks using 3in pvc and put 8 1/4 in all thread into the pvc and placed a lock nut on the inside and outside of the pvc to hold the all thread in the pvc. Then I placed a lock but behind and in front of the gourds to hold them. Also places 1/4” all thread at the top of the poles for perches. I hope this helps you in someway god bless and stay safe all.
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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.

Hey guys those are all good ideas,here’s another good one and free! I’m sometimes one of those “one mans junk is another mans treasure” folks! Keep your eyes peeled going down the road and here and there,if you ever spot an old TV antennae that some one has thrown out the bars on there make great perches. They are hollow aluminum rods,hollow and light weight and just the right size. They last the life of the house . They are usually a couple of feet long each,and FREE,FREE,FREEEEEEEE!
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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 - 15 pair, 62 fledged

I uses 3/8 wooden dowels on my rack. They do need to be replaced from time to time but if you paint them and protect them they'll last a while. I did once use fiberglass rods but they would splinter I=and I noticed the Martins did not sit on them. They use the wood dowels all the time.

Brad Biddle
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Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:22 pm
Location: Marshall County AL

Diameter doesn't matter much. I've got things from 1/2" down to 5/16" for perches at the tops of my poles. They use them all about the same amount. One of their favorite perches is the top strand of barbed wire on the fence close to the gourd racks.
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 132 plastic gourds with tunnels and all SREH.
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Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

Someone closer to Geogia would know more, but i think your still good on sy birds still coming in. Roght in line with what PM David suggesred I mounted a tv antenna for additional perching. It could also be parted out for single perches.
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Joined: Tue May 15, 2018 6:59 pm
Location: Smyrna, TN

Bamboo works really good for perch material. It's free if you can find some - and lasts a couple seasons.
12 S&K B09 Gourds w/ 2 S&K barns converted to 6 cavities each

2016 - 0 visits
2017 - Few visitors late summer
2018 - 1 Pair, 5 Fledged
2019 - Visitors
2020 -
Posts: 5
Joined: Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:08 am
Location: Draketown Ga
Martin Colony History: 2020 put house up end of April. Gourds in May
4 or 5 pair of martins

I haven’t figured out pictures yet
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