New T12 Martin house

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Trosl1
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Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2021 7:57 pm
Location: Gonzales, La

For the last 6 to 7:years I’ve had two SK 16 compartment houses and have about 20 pair of Marin each year. This year I decided to add. T12 Trendstetter. I’m in South Louisiana, Martins started arriving first week of February. So far, I have about 10 pair of Martins, but not a single pair on new house. Appreciate any comments or advise.
Thanks
defed
Posts: 221
Joined: Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:50 pm
Location: WNY
Martin Colony History: :
2022 - 1 pair, 5E, 4H, 4F
2023 - 2 pair, 9E, 5H, 5F

Trosl1 wrote:
Mon Feb 26, 2024 7:08 pm
For the last 6 to 7:years I’ve had two SK 16 compartment houses and have about 20 pair of Marin each year. This year I decided to add. T12 Trendstetter. I’m in South Louisiana, Martins started arriving first week of February. So far, I have about 10 pair of Martins, but not a single pair on new house. Appreciate any comments or advise.
Thanks
i'd say returning birds are probably sticking w/ the houses they've already used. perhaps some new arrivals will use the new one.

interesting that i had the opposite situation... i have a homemade pole w/ 8 troyer horizontals. 2 yrs ago, i had 1 pair. i decided to upgrade (as the 1st pole is getting old) and add a 12 gourd rack next to it. all the birds used the new rack and barely looked at the old one. granted, my pair did not return, so i had all new pairs.
Martintown33
Posts: 922
Joined: Tue Jun 01, 2021 6:21 pm
Location: Laplace,La
Martin Colony History: Colony started in 1998. 2 s&k modified houses and gourd rack

Agree.. your returning martins will use the same house they used last year if it’s still available. New martins to your colony , such as SY males and females may choose to use the new t12… it’s a normal procedure with using new housing..
Good luck
Rob
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deancamp
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Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

My martins started on my gourd racks and would fly by the duracraft trio like it wasn't there. After a few years when the gourd racks got close to full occupancy, they started checking out the trio and nested in it.
Jeff
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