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Ladybug
Posts: 208
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:09 pm
Location: Indiana/ Jamestown
Martin Colony History: 2005-2019. Lots lookers, 2 successful nesting's.
2010- 1 pair nested,eggs destroyed(Wren).
2012- 1 pair nested, 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2019- 1 pair nested, 4 eggs, 4 fledged.

Buying some Troyer Tunnel gourds for 2021.
Which entrance hole is The BEST to keep OUT Starlings== Troyer Modified Excluded or
Conley II ?? Any Advice Is Much Appreciated..
THANKS. Joanne.
Joanne
SSMartin
Posts: 314
Joined: Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:05 pm
Location: FL

Where do you see troyers with excluder? Troyers come in round or conley II. The PMCA excluder gourds come with excluder entrance. The excluder II is very starling resistant. I have Conley II entrances and no starlings but the excluder II is more starling resistant IMO.
flyin-lowe
Posts: 3158
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Only option I've ever seen from Troyers is round or Conley II. Maybe someone else is changing them up somehow. I have been using Troyer Gourds with Conley II's now for many years and have only ever had one breach. It took a couple days but I got it trapped and no others have ever been able to get in.
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.
Dave Duit
Posts: 1955
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Hi Ladybug,
My short and sweet answer is Conley 2. I've had the Conley II entrances for 15 years and have never had a starling get in.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
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