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by ~Ray~Gingerich
Mon Jan 18, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Mystery Gourd
Replies: 4
Views: 1015

Re: Mystery Gourd

If you can't find the right lid maybe cut the threads off and intall a new port. Troyers have a port that's 4-1/2 od and SK has one 4-5/8 od. The sk port has a nice heavy duty lid.
by ~Ray~Gingerich
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hoping to be a new Landlord
Replies: 29
Views: 6062

Re: Hoping to be a new Landlord

Alfie , I just read your post again , I see you want to place your martin house 45 ft from a tree and 71 ft from your house, that, all well and good if the tree is small, but if the tree is tall and dense I would much rather have the martin house 71 ft from that tree! I prefer at least 100ft myself!...
by ~Ray~Gingerich
Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ideas wanted for housing portable base
Replies: 12
Views: 3757

Re: Ideas wanted for housing portable base

I have a bluebird house set up on a concrete base, the base is a 2ft cube of concrete and the house is up about 8ft.The base is heavy and solid but I used a tractor bucket to move it, I believe a base of this size and weight would easily handle a 6 gourd rack on a solid pole at 10 to 12 ft. Concrete...
by ~Ray~Gingerich
Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hoping to be a new Landlord
Replies: 29
Views: 6062

Re: Hoping to be a new Landlord

Control sparrows ,starlings and do not allow tree swallows to nest. Make your presence known and visible to martins near your martin housing
by ~Ray~Gingerich
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Too many unhatched eggs
Replies: 10
Views: 3671

Re: Too many unhatched eggs

Hi, Your hatch percentage is 68.5%, not the best but not that awful either, weather and temperatures have a big impact on hatch rates and fledging success. One year my hatch rate was down to 72.5% the very next year it was up at 90.5 % so they do adjust! I believe the average hatch rate is somewhere...
by ~Ray~Gingerich
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ideas wanted for housing portable base
Replies: 12
Views: 3757

Re: Ideas wanted for housing portable base

Best way is cement in the ground, they do make ground sockets that can be cemented in level with the concrete then the ground stake is inserted into socket. Please don't use guy wires, snakes and ground predators will have fun with that! I suppose if you are dead set on something portable a base cou...
by ~Ray~Gingerich
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How to take down an old pole and house for repair
Replies: 4
Views: 1685

Re: How to take down an old pole and house for repair

Do you have a tractor with a bucket or know someone that does? That's how I work with mine if something needs repair at the top. I get the bucket up high enough to reach everything if I stand in the bucket then lean an extension ladder against the bucket to get up there. You could also anchor the po...
by ~Ray~Gingerich
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd Limit for 2" Square Aluminum Pole
Replies: 5
Views: 2350

Re: Gourd Limit for 2" Square Aluminum Pole

Hi, I have a deluxe 18 which is a 2"x 16 ft pole with lift off arms. That rack does much better in the wind than the round rack or AAA rack. One year I even had the extra weight of wire cage on it for owl protection, I was at work and a storm hit that bent two of my other poles over at a 30 degree a...
by ~Ray~Gingerich
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?
Replies: 32
Views: 8976

Re: I’ve inherited Martins! How to do the right thing?

Have you considered building your own house, a T-14 or T-10 would be a good option. Another option would be gourd racks which are very popular with martins, you can use natural gourds for a cheaper option. If you change housing types leave the original in place until martins migrate to the new housi...
by ~Ray~Gingerich
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Strengthening Pole
Replies: 8
Views: 7187

Re: Strengthening Pole

A two inch by four ft angle iron at the base and fastened tightly to the pole would be a big help. We had a tornado this spring and my pole with the angle iron remained perfectly straight but the ones on either side were bent!
by ~Ray~Gingerich
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: My Purple Martins Obviously Like Gourds!
Replies: 10
Views: 7021

Re: My Purple Martins Obviously Like Gourds!

My colony started in 2008 with 2 pair, one nest in a Trio and one in a T-14. The colony grew quickly and it seems their main preference is gourds, however the racks with a combination of Trio houses and gourds seems to be the overall favorite.
Ray Gingerich
by ~Ray~Gingerich
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: help? New nature house/trio house won't descend?
Replies: 2
Views: 1573

Re: help? New nature house/trio house won't descend?

Maybe stand out a few yards from the pole and try to unlock it from there. I had one with the rope lanyard and hated it, too much noise going up and down plus sometimes hard to unlock. I have since installed all my trio houses on Multi purpose racks or modified existing racks to support them. Good l...
by ~Ray~Gingerich
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??
Replies: 11
Views: 9005

Re: How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??

I have a round rack that has a 2”x 4ft angle iron embedded slightly into the concrete just behind the ground stake, on top of the angle it’s tied tightly to the pole. This spring when we had a tornado some of my poles were bent over and one T-14 pole snapped off. The pole with the angle iron attache...
by ~Ray~Gingerich
Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New landlord
Replies: 35
Views: 19465

Re: New landlord

Steve, welcome to the forum It's good that you are hanging some gourds. You mentioned that there are a lot starlings and sparrows which I think will be your #1 problem to attracting martins, trap shoot and kill year around and you should see a reduction. Removing habitat such as shrubs and hedges th...
by ~Ray~Gingerich
Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New landlord
Replies: 35
Views: 19465

Re: New landlord

Steve, welcome to the forum It's good that you are hanging some gourds. You mentioned that there are a lot starlings and sparrows which I think will be your #1 problem to attracting martins, trap shoot and kill year around and you should see a reduction. Removing habitat such as shrubs and hedges th...
by ~Ray~Gingerich
Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Which gourd bundle for beginner?
Replies: 11
Views: 5647

Re: Which gourd bundle for beginner?

A good starting out rack would be a Deluxe 12 with Troyer gourds, they have a trap that works on the troyer tunnels to trap starlings or sparrows
by ~Ray~Gingerich
Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Clearing trees before they arrive
Replies: 11
Views: 4490

Re: Clearing trees before they arrive

I know lots of people have them but I started with Big Bo gourds years ago and also have some Bo 9 gourds. Every year that I have had martins I have never had a pair nest in either of those gourds. My rack consists of the ones above as well as TH's and TV's, and they only use the troyers. Due to co...
by ~Ray~Gingerich
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hey Ray, Multi-House Question
Replies: 3
Views: 2400

Re: Hey Ray, Multi-House Question

Thank you for the info. We don't have storage space so our houses and gourds remain outside during the winter. I might look into a deck box for our gourds. I don't know why I'm just thinking of that. Does the single bolt that holds the house to the wood ever work itself loose during bad storms? Not...
by ~Ray~Gingerich
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hey Ray, Multi-House Question
Replies: 3
Views: 2400

Re: Hey Ray, Multi-House Question

The house pictured is model MHPV, no longer sold but it looks simular to your model. It came with the diagonal bracing and 4 gourd arms.Yes, I would install bracing on yours from your hub to the angle iron supports, it looks like you can install a block of wood between the angle arms just like I did...
by ~Ray~Gingerich
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: End Of Season Report
Replies: 3
Views: 2259

Re: End Of Season Report

NIce job Kyler !