Think I have decided to build another T14

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sugarcreek
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Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

Re: Think I have decided to build another T14

Postby sugarcreek » Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:56 pm

Great job, how do you keep the house from swivelling on the pole?
2016 - 1st Yr. 14 Compartments 4 Active Nests 9 fledged, 2.25 Fledged per Active Nest
2017 - 2nd Yr. 36 Compartments 18 Active Nests 65 Fledged, 3.61 Fledged per Active Nest
2018 - 3rd Yr. 54 Compartments 43 Active Nests 169 Fledged, 3.93 Fledged per Active Nest
2019 - 4th Yr. 108 Compartments ??

flyin-lowe
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Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Re: Think I have decided to build another T14

Postby flyin-lowe » Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:19 pm

When it is all the way down it will twist some but when it is up halfway or higher it doesn't twist. I guess there is not enough play in the cable that is coming down only a short distance. I kind of feel like the pulley itself acts like a guide, all I know is my other one is built the same and in winds 40 mph or higher it will only twist a couple inches, nowhere near enough to mess with orientation.
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.

Bkhollan
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Location: Washington, IN

Re: Think I have decided to build another T14

Postby Bkhollan » Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:19 pm

Housing is coming together nicely!

flyin-lowe
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Re: Think I have decided to build another T14

Postby flyin-lowe » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:59 pm

Probably my last pic before paint and ready to hang it up. I got my SREH plates today so I got the porches on and the doors cut and ready for the SREH plates. I won't put them on until after paint but the doors, hinges, and latches are all on.

I also got my winch today. I ended up getting a D&L brake winch, with 800 pound limit. When I bought it I noticed they had the gold color ones and nickel plated ones. The nickel ones were a few dollars cheaper. I called D&L and asked them which one they recommend that would hold up better to being outside year round and they recommended the nickel one, so that's what I got. I have everything ready for the pole, I just need to find a piece of pipe with a 3.5 inch ID to use as a ground sleeve.
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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.

Buckeyefarmer
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Location: Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2015- 0 visitors
2016- 0 visitors
2017- built T-14+songbird magnet, 6 pairs,15 fledged
2018- built 2nd T-14. Anxiously waiting!!

Re: Think I have decided to build another T14

Postby Buckeyefarmer » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:27 am

I’ve also built another T-14 for my colony. This will be number 3. I hope to see them soon!
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Mark
Central, OHIO.

flyin-lowe
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Re: Think I have decided to build another T14

Postby flyin-lowe » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:22 am

Your poles look similar to mine. Curious what size they are? Both of mine are 3.5 inch OD pipe. Probably a little overkill but they do not move in the wind and by shopping around I was able to find them fairly cheap. When I built my first one a friend of mine got me a ground sleeve but he no longer teaches the vocation class anymore. So I am on the lookout for a piece of pipe with a 3.5 inch ID that the pole can slide down into. Online shows 4 inch sched. 40 pipe has a 3.55 inch ID which would be perfect. So far locally I can't find anything PVC that is around 3.5 inch ID. Not sure if they make it or not.....
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.

Doug Martin - PA
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Location: Pennsylvania/Fombell
Martin Colony History: First pair in 2009 after 28 years of trying. 3 pairs 2010, 17 pairs 2011 and 35-45 pairs since. Many additional colonies are now springing up around mine in an area once completely void of Martins. I offer 50 compartments at my site consisting of primarily Excluder II gourds on Gemini racks. Also a wooden T-14. I utilize electric fence type predator guards on the base of the poles. Supplemental feeding is crucial in maintaining my colony. I platform feed throughout the season as needed. My site tends to be a stop over point for additional birds as they migrate further north.

Re: Think I have decided to build another T14

Postby Doug Martin - PA » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:32 am

Nice job! Always a bit tricky getting the entrances to align inside and out. I am now using the black wax cardboard trays but of course they are a different thickness than the original trays I built causing an issue of height getting out. I had to shim it on the inside. You pretty much have to know what trays you will use going forward. Good post for those looking to build. Doug
Supplemental feeding plays a major role in western Pennsylvania. Finally got my 1st pair in 2009 after 28 years of effort. 3 pairs in 2010. 17 pairs in 2011. 35 pairs and 150 young in 2012 & 2013. Plus a new 22 pair colony right down the road from me.

flyin-lowe
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Re: Think I have decided to build another T14

Postby flyin-lowe » Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:04 pm

I may be looking at it wrong but I always assumed the closer the bottom of the SREH is to the floor the harder it is to get through. I always have my porch almost flush making it tougher for starlings. The inside floor is a little lower so if they needed to get out quicker for some reason they can. From what I have seen though once they use an SREH a few times they buzz right in. I’ve been thinking ahead to what to use for nest trays. I have some cedar 1x’s scraps left to make some. I did cut the front edge of my original ones back at an angle like a wedge so the don’t interfere with the entrance.
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.

GFB
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Joined: Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:05 pm
Location: Ontario NY
Martin Colony History: Started building custom vinyl Martin houses last year 2018 and was successful with 10 birds fledged and it looks like several dozen birds are hanging around. Time to expand.
2018: 1 T-14 and 6 gourds.
2019: 2 T-14's and 6 gourds.

Re: Think I have decided to build another T14

Postby GFB » Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:36 pm

flyin-lowe wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:04 pm
I may be looking at it wrong but I always assumed the closer the bottom of the SREH is to the floor the harder it is to get through. I always have my porch almost flush making it tougher for starlings. The inside floor is a little lower so if they needed to get out quicker for some reason they can. From what I have seen though once they use an SREH a few times they buzz right in. I’ve been thinking ahead to what to use for nest trays. I have some cedar 1x’s scraps left to make some. I did cut the front edge of my original ones back at an angle like a wedge so the don’t interfere with the entrance.
I picked up a bundle of ceder shake siding cheap! at my local big box home improvement store. They are around 16 inches in length and already tapered on one side. I think they might make nice nest trays.

flyin-lowe
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Re: Think I have decided to build another T14

Postby flyin-lowe » Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:55 pm

I decided to go with red trim paint on this one. My other is blue so I figured I would give something different a try. Plus red white and blue never hurts in my neck of the woods....
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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.

Buckeyefarmer
Posts: 135
Joined: Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:33 am
Location: Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2015- 0 visitors
2016- 0 visitors
2017- built T-14+songbird magnet, 6 pairs,15 fledged
2018- built 2nd T-14. Anxiously waiting!!

Re: Think I have decided to build another T14

Postby Buckeyefarmer » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:48 pm

Looks great, I like the red trim.
Mark
Central, OHIO.


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