T14 Porch Domination

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rrmartins
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Location: Round Rock, TX

T14 Porch Domination

Postby rrmartins » Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:30 pm

Hello all!!
What kind of modification can I do to the doors only, to help porch domination? I think I was told last year, to put wider wooden porches the full width of the door. Is there any other ideas?
2019
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
Rat breached bird netting and nearly wiped out entire colony over a four day period. Problem was fixed!!

flyin-lowe
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Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Re: T14 Porch Domination

Postby flyin-lowe » Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:53 pm

I have used a T14 for years. When I built mine I staggered the entrances so the top one is on the far right had side of the door, the one below is on the far left side, etc. I have never had any domination issues with the T14.
2019- Currently 31 complete nests (27 with eggs or babies) 94 babies hatched and 19 eggs still to hatch) 6-22-19
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.

rrmartins
Posts: 1364
Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:04 am
Location: Round Rock, TX

Re: T14 Porch Domination

Postby rrmartins » Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:35 pm

Mine are staggered also, and last year I had a male claim a whole three hole nest box. Strange.
2019
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
Rat breached bird netting and nearly wiped out entire colony over a four day period. Problem was fixed!!

Archer
Posts: 705
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:09 pm
Location: Manitoba/Altona
Martin Colony History: six pair in 2014, have grown to 52 pairs in 2017.

Re: T14 Porch Domination

Postby Archer » Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:01 am

I rebuilt the entrances to my T-14 last winter where the openings face in different directions. The top on is straight out the front, the next one down out the side, the next one down out the other side and the last one at the bottom is out the front again. It made a huge difference. It is a lot of work making these changes, but it worked for me.

Another tactic that has worked for me in the past is to add length to your porch. I used that plastic sign material and put a 8 inch porch extension onto the original porch. The extension makes it harder for your dominant bird to defend more than one hole. You can add extensions above and below the preferred hole. The Sy's have a better chance of winning a hole if you can give them this advantage. Once the remaining holes have been claimed and occupied, nest built and eggs laid, etc, you can remove the extensions. Hope is works for you.
2011- first year trying, a few visitors.
2012-One ASY pair, raised two young, lots of subby visitors. So thankfull.
2013-daily subby visits.
2014-Six SY pairs
2015-18 pair, 83 fledglings
2016-36 pair, 147 fledglings
2017-52 pairs, 192 fledglings.
2018-60 pair, 246 fledglings.

rrmartins
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Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:04 am
Location: Round Rock, TX

Re: T14 Porch Domination

Postby rrmartins » Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:14 pm

Yeah I’m trying to not cut the house up. I’ve got 1x4 cedar porches now. Think I’ll rip a 1x6 down to five inches. Hopefully that will work.
2019
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
Rat breached bird netting and nearly wiped out entire colony over a four day period. Problem was fixed!!


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