Wooden House Observations

Welcome to the internet's gathering place for Purple Martin enthusiasts
Post Reply
Posts: 90
Joined: Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:55 pm
Location: Virginia

Observation 1 I have a remodeled T14 wooden house (now T10) with troyer tunnels with conley opening on one half & crescent open tunnels on the other half. It appears the martins prefer the Troyer

Observation 2 The wooden house is cedar with cedar trays but has no drainage from rain water when the martins fly in and out. As a result looks like blowfly larvae like the moisture under the nest.

Any thoughts on ways to drain or just check more often? pictures attached
PM2.jpg (119.68 KiB) Viewed 314 times
PM1.jpg (119.02 KiB) Viewed 314 times
Posts: 3158
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

I have multiple T14's with no drainage. I have never had issues with wet nests and not sure the martins drag in enough water on their bodies to get a nest soaked, I could be wrong on that though.
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.
Posts: 708
Joined: Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:40 am
Location: Kingsville Mo.

I have a cedar T14 with cedar nest trays. I don't recall the trays ever getting really wet but the floors ofthe T14 can get wet from rain blown in. My nest trays have on the bottom four finishing washers attached by small screws. This keeps the trays off the floors and if they get wet, the floors will dry faster. Air will circulate under the trays. I have no holes in the floors and noholes in the trays. Haven't had any problems in over 20 years.

PMCA member
Post Reply