t-14 question

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Rich Jewell In
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Location: Indiana Crown Point

I just got a new t-14. I plan to paint it white. Should I paint the inside dark or leave alone.

Rich
Dawn~KS
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My T-14 is NOT painted on the inside and I had 6 pairs in it this year! :)
Rich Jewell In
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Dawn,

Did you paint yours white or leave it natural.

Rich
Dawn~KS
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Rich,

Mine is painted white on the outside and left natural on the inside. :)

Dawn
Rich Jewell In
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Dawn


Thanks!!!!

Rich
djmains
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Location: Indiana/Shoals

I painted the inside of my t-14 white because someone told me that it would deter starlings and it wouldn't bother the martins. I would leave it natural martins don't like the smell of paint,and I don't think it really deterred the starlings that much.
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Sorry, there is no evidence that martins have any sense of smell.
jonkertb
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Location: Coatesville, IN

I'd paint it....easier to keep clean....last longer....dry out faster when it gets wet....harder for mites etc to hide in esp if you fill cracks/seams with paint

tom
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orbit1
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Martin Colony History: I have had housing up at my residence since 2000. I added some additional housing and gourds in 2007, and I have been getting purple Martins in my houses and gourds ever since that time.

I just bought a T-14 and painted it white on the outside only. You want the natural cedar so that it deters some insects. Also, I bought the ceramic paint additive and used it. It is suppose to control the temperature of the inside of the house. Here is the link: http://www.hytechsales.com/insulating_p ... tives.html
Dave Kunath
Columbia Station, Ohio
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