Need ideas on modifying a new enclosed purple martin feeding platform

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Need ideas on modifying a new enclosed purple martin feeding platform

Postby Dave Duit » Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:22 am

I just got my new Troyer's catalog and noticed a new product displaying a " Covered Patio Bluebird Feeder " with rods surrounding the sides to allow bluebirds in, but keep starlings and robins out. Here are my ideas, thoughts and concerns. I currently have a large 3' x 3' raised platform purple martin feeder with 8 ultimate tunnels attached to plexiglass sides for martins to enter. A few martins have quickly adapted to this enclosed feeding arrangement. After seeing this new set up of the bluebird feeder with two tier rods around the sides; I believe I can modify this design and make it a wider floor with rod sides instead of plexiglass side walls. I know the magic height is 1 and 3/16th inches to the entries apex on a crescent to stop starlings from entering. I feel the martins will be more enticed with rods giving a more open setup and appearance. I think the martins will feel safer thinking they have have an easier and quicker exit with rod sides. Do you think if I set the height of the rods at 1 and 3/16th inch, will it stop starlings or will the long width horizontally allow them to enter ? Any ideas or thoughts ? Basically, is it necessary to have a crescent shape to stop the starlings ? Will the rod arrangement allow starlings side wiggle room to slip in ?
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Dave Duit
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Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: state:Iowa / town:Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2019, 54 pair with 218 fledged youngsters. 83 total compartments available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified trio metal house units, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Re: Need ideas on modifying a new enclosed purple martin feeding platform

Postby Dave Duit » Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:45 pm

oops. I didn't intend on sending four of the same pics. But, this is what I saw and it gave me the ideas to supersize it to have a floor 3' x 3'. Instead of using a hook hanger, I have a 1 1/4" steel pole from the ground up to the underside of the floor attached with a floor flange.
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Re: Need ideas on modifying a new enclosed purple martin feeding platform

Postby Dave Reynolds » Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:45 pm

... Dave ... Do you think you could add a few porches to the platform, to help the Martins land before they duck under the spars and move inside the tray? Just a thought...

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