Reaction to new housing

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Fireflyfisherman
Posts: 93
Joined: Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:26 pm
Location: TX/Mckinney
Martin Colony History: 2021 New Site - Fingers Crossed
2020 - 30 pair (122 Fledged)
2019 - 30 pair (120 Fledged)
2018 - 14 pair (52 Fledged)
2017 - 6 pair (20 Fledged)
2016 - 1 Pair (5 Fledged)
2015 - 1 Pair (3 Fledged)

After last year’s success with gourds I decided to expand my site. This year we went with the super deluxe gourd rack with 12 super gourds. The year before I tested out gourds on a make shift 4 gourd rack and The martins loved it. I was wondering how landlord’s birds reacted when they changed housing. Gourd Rack is in the same place with the same gourds in generally the same direction options. The birds haven’t returned yet and I am anxiously awaiting their return so I can see their reactions.
apundt-TX
Posts: 983
Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2004 7:34 pm
Location: Dripping Springs, Texas
Martin Colony History: :
Starting over in 2018
9 pair 2017
17 pair 2015
12 pair 2014
8 pair 2013
5 pair 2012
2 pair 2011

You should be fine. When I expanded a former site the previous years Martin checked out my gourd rack too along with the original Alamo house I had set up. Should be two more weeks here until mine arrive back.
PMCA member
racks:CUE AAA-16, PMCA Multipurpose pole , S&K EZ-Lift, Lonestar/Songbird Essentials, CUE 12 gourd rack
gourds: S&K gourds, Supergourds, Troyer horizontals, Naturalines, few naturals
housing: S&K great 8, TRIO M12K, Coates/BirdsChoice 8 room wateresdge
Dale D
Posts: 329
Joined: Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:11 am
Location: Orlando, Fl
Martin Colony History: Landlord since 2004

Fireflyfisherman wrote:After last year’s success with gourds I decided to expand my site. This year we went with the super deluxe gourd rack with 12 super gourds. The year before I tested out gourds on a make shift 4 gourd rack and The martins loved it. I was wondering how landlord’s birds reacted when they changed housing. Gourd Rack is in the same place with the same gourds in generally the same direction options. The birds haven’t returned yet and I am anxiously awaiting their return so I can see their reactions.
They will adjust easily when they return. Have a great season!
Orlando, FL Landlord since 2004
Offer 42 Cavities Total
marcus
Posts: 314
Joined: Tue May 10, 2016 10:21 pm
Location: Fairland OK
Martin Colony History: Mom n Dad had a plastic 12 unit martin house with some martins as long as I can remember. In 2013 they had 1 pair. I don't think they fledged any. I then started learning how to take care of martins and in 2014 we took that house down and put up a Troyer 18 gourd rack. We had 7 pair with 28 fledged.That summer I built a T-14 (I was only 12). I was also given 4 natural gourds that I hung beneath the T-14. In 2015, we had 23 pair although only 22 pair fledged young. They fledged 88 young. In 2016, we had 36 pair, 210 eggs, 163 hatched, 149 fledge!! One pair fledged 2 broods. In 2017, I had 36 pair with 35 fledging young. They laid 204 eggs, hatched 155, and fledged 152.

They'll be just fine! Last year i moved the gourd rack and still had 100% occupancy!
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