Martin Housing

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Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:19 am
Location: Gladewater, Texas

If you were ever curious about Martins nesting in gourds after spending years at a site in wooden housing, the answer is they will LOVE them.

I bought a Gemini Gourd rack with 24 horizontal gourds from Troyer's Bird Paradise. The Martins started out in their wooden houses but 70% quickly transitioned to the gourds. They still prefer round holes. They would try the Conley 2 entrances but the larger males would eventually move to another gourd with a round opening. I shoot & trap Starlings year round so they are not much of an issue for the colony.

The gourd rack really helped with nest domination. In the wooden housing A pair would use multiple nests on the same row. That would reduce the number of pairs the site would house.

The winch system is GREAT For raising & lowering the gourd rack too.
2008 - 33 PAIR - FLEDGED 96 YOUNG
2009 - 51 PAIR - FLEDGED 166 YOUNG
2010 - 45 PAIR - FLEDGED 146 YOUNG
2011 - 33 PAIR - 128 HATCHED, 97 FLEDGED
2012 - 37 PAIR - 119 HATCHED, 101 FLEDGED
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Joined: Mon Mar 02, 2015 6:01 pm
Location: TX/Buda

Great work Spiderman. Good luck this year.

2009-2013 a few visitors.
2014: 1 pair of SY love birds, 5 fledges; 2015: 7 pair, 34 Fldg; 2016: 12p/54F; 2017: 14p/71F;
2018: 24p/103F; 2019: 29p/130F; 2020: 38p/190F
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