Attract an entire colony of mosquito-eating purple martins and enjoy these social birds all season long. There's no better way to do that than with this fully assembled, durably constructed bird house. 12 Room Purple Martin House boasts a riveted, aluminum and stainless steel construction that weathers the elements beautifully for long-lasting use. A reflective roof and ceiling panel offer proper ventilation and heat regulation. Porch dividers increase privacy for the occupants of each 6" x 6" room. Hinged clean-out doors offer easy maintenance for you at season's end. House also features guardrails, a top perch, door plugs and an aluminum base plate. You won't find a better-constructed purple martin house! Save time with this fully assembled house (average martin house takes 3-5 hours to build). House measures 19" x 14" x 20" high.
Simply snap the top perch rod into place - and your home is ready for purple martin occupancy. Pole-mounted house requires our 3-Section Telescoping Pole with ground socket, sold separately, constructed of galvanized steel and towering 12 feet high. Pole offers a very secure 2.25" base section. Thumb screws secure each pole section.
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Where should you place your purple martin house?
Martins are looking for safety and security. Raise the house to the full extent of your pole (typically 10-15 feet) and keep the house at least 40 feet away from trees. Martins actually want to be near to you. Ideally, you should locate the house 40 - 120 ft from your own house, or at the center of an open spot or the edge of a pond or lake.
Purple Martin House Maintenance Tips
Before the nesting season:
- Clean out any old nests from your existing houses and scrub cavities with a nontoxic bird house cleaner.
- Before installing your house onto a pole, make sure the pole sits solid in its socket or in the ground. It is best to cement the ground socket or pole into place. Familiarize yourself with the workings of the pole; repair pole mechanisms if necessary.
- Keep entry holes plugged until the nesting season begins. For mature colonies, this will be when you see the first martins, or scouts. For new colonies, this will be 3 to 6 weeks later.
During the season:
- Place your decoys and play attractor CDs and tapes. Martins are social and visual. Audible decoys create the appearance of site activity, like cars in the parking lot of a good restaurant.
- Once occupied, do regular inspections of the ground beneath the house - this is where you may first notice problems with predators.
- Do regular inspections of the nests - lower the house and keep notes on what you see. This will not cause parents to abandon their young.
- Keep your house up through August.
After the season:
- If you are in an area subject to severe winter weather, it may be best to remove the house from its pole.
- If you don't take down the house, plug the entry holes to keep late season birds from entering.
- This is also a good time to clean things up so you are ready for next year.