How to make detachable predator baffle

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Martintown33
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Hi all.. anybody know where to get directions to make a “detachable “ predator guard baffle?
Thanks,
Rob
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Rob,
Probably lots of ideas out there for you, here's one. Go to Chucks Purple Martin page at: http://www.chuckspurplemartinpage.com

Then look to the left column and under Do It Yourself you will see Build a Ground Predator Guard.

One PS: look at his snake guards as well, we made 6 of them recently. They are very good.
His are built for a round pole, perfect for the round pole we have the trio castle up on, but have three designed for a square 2 inch pole...doesnt take much to modify the center cut. Additionally, Mr Barrow suggested stapling 10 gage wire underneath to pillow out the netting. Looks great.

Tom
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Martintown33
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Great.. thanks,
Rob
flyin-lowe
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On both of my T 14's I use 3 1/2 inch OD steel pipes for the pole. I have pieces of 12 inch PVC pipe that are a little over 48 inches tall. I split them down the middle with a jig saw and then use latches which pulls them tight and minimizes the seem. I have been using these for over 15 years and never had a snake or other animal get by them. Every few years I see some muddy prints where a raccoon has tried to climb them but they are too big around. I make sure there is a 48 inch gap between the top latch and bottom latch. I saw a chart once that showed how large a rat snake had to be in order to wrap and climb different size poles. I remember for a 12 inch pipe they had to be pretty big. We have rat snakes in my area but I haven't seen one over 3-4 feet in many years. I also started using these style guard originally because they are big enough to go around my winch as well. I had two small children and a lot of nieces and nephews when I got started so I didn't have to worry about them playing with winch.

Around here 12 inch PVC is not available at big box stores. The first one I got was from a construction site, they have tons of scrap pieces sitting around and they gave me a piece. The one I made a few years ago came from a construction company that does dirt/water/drainage work. They too have end pieces and cut offs laying around.

Ill find an old thread with some pics.
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flyin-lowe
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Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
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2021 Currently 62 nest 138 babies plus 110 eggs (6-317-21) HOSP count-9
2020 42 nest, Fledged 164 HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional lone SY's
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 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair 14 fledged.
Martintown33
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Location: Laplace,La
Martin Colony History: 21 year colony. 2 s&k modified houses and gourd rack

Thanks very much for the info!
Rob
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