Adding Troyer Tunnel to T14 house

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sdsteil-IA
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Adding Troyer Tunnel to T14 house

Postby sdsteil-IA » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:41 pm

All,

I have seen the Troyer Tunnel attached to the T14 house in two different ways 1) doors only and 2)doors and sides. Can anyone provide me with the pros/cons for either approach? Do the martins care either way?

I could see that having the tunnel mounted on the side would help prevent an owl from getting to the martins because of the 90 degree bend.

I also would like to know if there is anything I need to be aware during the installation of the tunnels.

Thanks for the inputs.

Cheers David
2018 - Still waiting
2012-2015 - 0 nesting pairs
2011 - Bought 18 acre farm with a 1 acre pond
2008-2010 – 0 nesting pairs
2007 – 1 nesting pair. Female died trying to lay 4th egg
2002 - 2006. 0 nesting pairs

Dale D
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Re: Adding Troyer Tunnel to T14 house

Postby Dale D » Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:00 pm

Either way you go side or door mount I would suggest a 3" hole where you mount your tunnel. ¼" hole in each corner of the tunnel and attach with nylon push pins. I have done Clinger Tunnels this way for years and they hold well. This is a T-10 I built last season with side mount Clinger tunnels. The nesting areas are 12" deep and didn't need more depth so I opted for side mount for better protection.
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