First time landlord

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Tommy Coley
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First time landlord

Postby Tommy Coley » Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:50 pm

This is my first year trying to get Purple Martins to my house. I built me 2 condos with 9 rooms each 7 by 12 with nesting boxes.I also hung 5 gourds underneath. Put my houses up last week in February I live in Fuquay Varina nc. My neighbor 2 miles from me has a big colony of Martins.The last of March I started having Martins visitors.Had 1 pair to come everyday for a few weeks, then it went to 3 Or 4 pairs. Had Martins check out the houses & gourds. 1 pair stayed a couple nights in a gourd. But sence the first of June they have all left. Does anyone think I have a better chance of starting a colony next year sence they found my houses so quick this year?

jpp77
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Joined: Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:21 pm
Location: Lawrence, KS
Martin Colony History: 2015 - 1 pair, not successful (Sparrows)
2016 - 1 pair, 4 young
2017 - 5 pair, 23 young
2018 - 8 pair, 40 young, two deaths most likely due to heat.
2019 - 18 pair, 71 eggs

Re: First time landlord

Postby jpp77 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:19 pm

Don't get discouraged. It took me three years to get an established colony even though I had "visitors" each year. If this is the first year with your housing up and you had "visitors", you will likely get them next year. Especially with a large colony close by.

Black Jack
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Location: NC

Re: First time landlord

Postby Black Jack » Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:46 pm

Your situation sounds just like mine did 2 yrs ago. I put up gourds in late may and had several martins appear. Never did nest.
Fellow across the field has tons of martins. Last year I had 2 sub adults come in late may. Stayed and raised 2 babies. This year the male adult came in early March and the female a 2 weeks later. Now as far as I can tell there are 3 babies about ready to come out. So it sounds like you will succeed next year. I am about 90 miles east of you.

Tommy Coley
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Re: First time landlord

Postby Tommy Coley » Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:44 pm

Being were somewhat in the same area when do you take your houses down for the season?

Black Jack
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Re: First time landlord

Postby Black Jack » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:13 am

I always leave them up thru last of August. You might have some flying thru going back to S.A. and will see your set up and maybe check em out for next year first thing.

Tommy Coley
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Postby Tommy Coley » Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:22 am

Do you need special arms to hang BO9 gourds with tunnels so they hang level? :?:

Tommy Coley
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Re: First time landlord

Postby Tommy Coley » Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:55 am

I may have already posted this not sure, trying to get use to this forum. Do you need a special arm to hang BO9 gourds so they hang level with tunnels ?

mjfog
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Location: Palm City, FL
Martin Colony History: 2018 will be my first try. 6 S&K B09s. 29 eggs - 8 fledged
2019 - 12 Troyer Horizontals with tunnels, 6 S&K B09s and 12 B011s all with tunnels. 43 eggs - 36 fledged

Re: First time landlord

Postby mjfog » Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:11 pm

Tommy - I am switching to B011s and Troyer Horizontals next season. I have 6 B09s with tunnels I'll ship to you if you pay freight.

Mike

Tommy Coley
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Re: First time landlord

Postby Tommy Coley » Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:07 pm

Mike, wonder how much it will cost to ship. Do you have any idea?

mjfog
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Location: Palm City, FL
Martin Colony History: 2018 will be my first try. 6 S&K B09s. 29 eggs - 8 fledged
2019 - 12 Troyer Horizontals with tunnels, 6 S&K B09s and 12 B011s all with tunnels. 43 eggs - 36 fledged

Re: First time landlord

Postby mjfog » Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:57 am

Tommy - I'm pulling these gourds at the end of this month. I'll box them and get a shipping cost from a few carriers. Ok?

Mike

Tommy Coley
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Re: First time landlord

Postby Tommy Coley » Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:36 am

That will be great. Do they hang level if you hang them like normal or do you do it a little different to make up for the extra weight in the front? I’m new at all of this, Thanks for all your help Mike.

Tommy Coley
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Re: First time landlord

Postby Tommy Coley » Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:13 am

I forgot to ask you what kind of entrance is on the gourds?

mjfog
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Joined: Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:40 pm
Location: Palm City, FL
Martin Colony History: 2018 will be my first try. 6 S&K B09s. 29 eggs - 8 fledged
2019 - 12 Troyer Horizontals with tunnels, 6 S&K B09s and 12 B011s all with tunnels. 43 eggs - 36 fledged

Re: First time landlord

Postby mjfog » Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:35 am

Tommy - The tunnels have a crescent opening and are starling resistant. Get on the S and K website and pull up a picture of their tunnels. We need to exchange emails and/or phone numbers. You can reach me at mjfogarty40@yahoo.com. I've pulled and boxed the gourds and am going to a UPS store to get a shipping cost. I'm dead in the water until you contact me.

Mike

Courtney-NC
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Location: Holly Springs, NC
Martin Colony History: 2009-2015-Helped to manage Raleigh site, 36 cavities
2016- 33 pairs at Raleigh site, 1 pair at home site.
2017- 34 pairs at Raleigh site, 3 pairs + extra SYs at home site
2018- 33 pairs at Raleigh site, 5 pairs + extra SYs at home site
2019 - 32 pairs at Raleigh site, 7 pairs at home site, 2 pairs at new Holly Springs park site

Re: First time landlord

Postby Courtney-NC » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:37 am

Hi Tommy! Greetings to another NC purple martin lover. I happened to check the forum today and saw your post. I live in Holly Springs, not far from you at all, and I think I might know the fellow you mention with the big martin colony not far from you. Have you met him in person?
I encourage you to check out our group - the NC Purple Martin Society. We are affiliated with the PMCA. We're friendly and informal. Our website is ncpurplemartin.org . I'm the current president and also have a small colony at home. I manage the colony at University Club in Raleigh as well as the small new colony at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs. Feel free to send me a message and we can talk martins sometime. I'm also on Facebook.

Regarding hanging the Bo9 (or Bo11) gourds, I find it's easiest to get them to hang straight if you use arc arms pointing forward on your rack, if you have the choice on what arms to use. They do tend to hang down in front otherwise, unless you rig them up 'a bit funky' to allow for the forward tip.

Kind regards,
-Courtney
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NC Purple Martin Society (PMCA affiliate)
http://www.ncpurplemartin.org

Tommy Coley
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Re: First time landlord

Postby Tommy Coley » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:14 pm

Ms. Courtney , nice to talk to you, yes I have meet the guy who has the colony. There’s 2 guys I know with colony’s on my road. Mr. Ellis & Mr. Arnold I have talked to both of them to get some help on how to start a colony. I thought I did good this first year. I just Hope next year will be a little better. I went a few weeks with a lot of visitors just hoping some move in next year. I will check out the website, no doubt I will have questions. Nice to talk to you. Tommy

Tommy Coley
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Re: First time landlord

Postby Tommy Coley » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:28 pm

Ms. Courtney, Is it to early to take down the houses?

Courtney-NC
Posts: 585
Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:28 pm
Location: Holly Springs, NC
Martin Colony History: 2009-2015-Helped to manage Raleigh site, 36 cavities
2016- 33 pairs at Raleigh site, 1 pair at home site.
2017- 34 pairs at Raleigh site, 3 pairs + extra SYs at home site
2018- 33 pairs at Raleigh site, 5 pairs + extra SYs at home site
2019 - 32 pairs at Raleigh site, 7 pairs at home site, 2 pairs at new Holly Springs park site

Re: First time landlord

Postby Courtney-NC » Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:48 am

You can leave the housing up for now. There will be martins starting to migrate through, and some of them might see your housing and remember it for next year. I leave mine up until the end of August. I also use that end-of-season time after the martins leave to tweak anything that needs fixing or adjusting - peeling paint, loose ventilation elbows, etc. There is a link to email me on the ncpurplemartin.org website if you'd like to chat further. :)

Best wishes,
-Courtney
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NC Purple Martin Society (PMCA affiliate)
http://www.ncpurplemartin.org


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