Purple Martin House Questions

bubgump(Zone 5 Ohio)March 26, 2006

Just bought a new property that has 2 martin houses on it. Do I need to clean or do any other maintenance to these before the birds arrive?

Thanks,

Bub

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
catherinet(5 IN)

Hi Bub,
Are they the ones that you can lower? Since you're not sure that purple martins were in there, I would clean them all out and watch for other birds, like house sparrows that might try to set up house in them, and then evict them.
I had some tree sparrows hanging around mine one year, and the bird people told me that they were a good thing to have there too. Unfortunately, nobody stayed.
You can get covers for those holes. And If I'm remembering right, you keep them covered until you start seeing Purple Martins, then uncover them. That will keep the house sparrows out. Good luck.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2006 at 5:07PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Any rules for placing bird houses?
Hi, I have a new birdhouse and want to place it. It...
AdamM321
Deer mouse question
Twice this winter my cat has caught what I believe...
sparky_10
Good squirrel proof feeder..
Hello, I'm looking to replace a Yankee Flipper Squirrel...
shw104
Juncos Eating Ironweed Seed
There are a half dozen or so Juncos eating the Tall...
kelp
Birds wasting the milo in my bird feeders
I am new to feeding and attracting wild birds to my...
wasabi_VA
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™