Troyer Tunnel Conversion of old Trio MK12

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MartinMan
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Joined: Fri Jun 04, 2021 3:39 pm
Location: Oakton, VA

Converted this old Trio MK12 house per instructions found at PMCA – (see attached).
Saw this nifty Troyer Collars that could provide more protection. Called TroyerGourds.com, talked with Andrew Troyer. He said they have never seen anyone put them on a Trio House, but thought it might work.
I ordered 6 of “TTC-C, Troyer Tunnel with Collar” from TroyerGourds.com for $6.50 each (see pics).
Decided to go with a 6X12 straight cavity as the house has round disk openings between front and back cavities. Thought that if I tried to perform right angle cuts for nesting cavities to minimize predator attacks, I would mess up the structural integrity of the house. These disks were extremely difficult to remove. However, with curved needle nose pliers I was able to get them out.
I then installed 6 of the “TTC-C, Troyer Tunnel with Collar”s on the outside of 6 of the nest cavity doors. I drilled pilot holes and then I used zinc coated sheet metal screws to attach the tunnels. I then blocked off the alternating entrances with white gorilla tape both inside and out. The Troyer fronts won’t allow for next checks from the front as the doors can’t be lifted. I will make nest checks on the other side. Note that this added weight to the house/pole so it required a little more strength to raise and lower the house.
The PMs loved it. I now have 4 nesting pairs of PMs and 2 nesting pairs of House Sparrows. I will help the HSs find other places to live in the universe.
Interested in your thoughts? Have you seen or tried something like this on your setup?
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drm1967
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Location: South Carolina

Have you tried this? How did it work for ya? Have one I'm thinking about doing this to.
Rick B
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In 2016 I put them on a house a friend received from her dad. The house was put in a good location, but she is still waiting for a pair.

Rick
Dave Duit
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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 MartinMan,
I converted all my Trio MK12s just like yours. I did mine about 15 years ago and to this day they do a great job. Martins love the added safety and depth. Thanks for your post.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
drm1967
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Joined: Sun Aug 26, 2018 7:52 pm
Location: South Carolina

Thanks guys
1 I will have one just like it next year!
C.C.Martins
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Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- Visitors.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021- 28 pair. 118 fledged
Home colony: mix natural, super and excluder gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satellite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mini castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021: 10 pair, 30 fledged
PMCA member

Hmmmmmm. Very nice, looks great! anyone ever done that with a trio mini castle?
Going to add the winch and beef up the pole so added weight shouldn't be an issue. Plus two of the lower cavities are only for spare o doors.
I'll tinker around......
I take it once installed there's no plans to open the door so the guide rod isn't an issue?
Tom
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1308
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- Visitors.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021- 28 pair. 118 fledged
Home colony: mix natural, super and excluder gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satellite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mini castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021: 10 pair, 30 fledged
PMCA member

Martinman and Dave,
Iv got the troyer tunnels on the doors. Man they look good. House is still up so have not tried the install yet.
When putting the doors on the hanging rod did the roof get in the way?
Tom
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1957
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2017 Visitors
Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2018 - 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 36 Fledged
2019 - 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 97 Fledged
2020 - 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Fledged
2021 - 30 Pair, 162 Eggs, 144 Fledged

Home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".
2019 - 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Fledged
2020 - 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Fledged
2021 - 8 Pair, 39 Eggs, 36 Fledged

... MartinMan .... Great photos and good looking job... I'm sure the Martins love them... Always great when Landlords think outside the box... :wink:
Dave
PMCA Member
Little Hocking, Ohio
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