You donít have to spend a lot Ö unless you choose. Itís a bit
like buying a car Ė they all take you down the road, but some get
there with more whistles and bells. Our houses range from Chevrolets
to Cadillacís, with prices ranging from $49.00 to $369.00.
To the price of a house, you need to add the cost of a mounting
pole. Those that we offer are designed to match a specific house and
all permit raising or lowing of the house for maintenance. We offer
our 12-room Cottage Purple Martin House
and matching telescoping pole for less than $110.00 and the 14-room
starling resistant Alamo Purple Martin
house with its matching winch pole is priced at more than
$500.00. Some houses and poles are sold as systems - this
helps to keep prices down.
You and your neighbors are the ones who will be looking at your new Purple Martin house from the outside. So, what appeals to you?
The first martin houses were made from natural gourds. If thatís your style, long lasting and easy to clean
Plastic Gourds are now available.
Wooden Martin Houses were next Ė and some folks will use nothing else! Aluminum Purple Martin Houses became popular in the 1960ís and many of us now identify Purple Martin Houses with the classic styles popularized by Nature Houseís
Pioneer and Trio and Coatesí
Classic. The newest designs are also the most modern - designed more strictly from a martinís eye view. A highly functional modern house such as the
System by Heritage Farms or the
Goliad by LoneStar is sure to make a statement in your yard.
Being a martin landlord and managing a martin colony does take some effort, but why not make it easier on yourself?
Telescoping poles and static poles with winch or
lanyard systems allow you to easily mount your house, conduct maintenance
and get your house ready for the off season. You should
also consider using a ground socket to set your pole. Itís easier than setting the pole itself and it lets you remove the pole during the off-season.
Here, you can click on some Helpful Hints on Maintaining
your Purple Martin House.
The Purple Martins themselves are the best judges of whether the home you provide meets their needs.
Basically, they have shown preference for nesting cavities no less than 6 inches by 6 inches in size and round entry holes about 2 inches in diameter. Scientific studies and the experience of martin enthusiasts have identified several other features that make martin housing safer and more productive:
- European Starlings are a nuisance and a threat in some areas. They can stick their heads into standard round openings and threaten a standard size nest. Two solutions are available Ė larger nesting cavities that give the martins more evasive room and crescent shaped entry holes that selectively exclude the predator. Purple Martin houses offering both extra large rooms and crescent shaped openings include
Coates Waterís Edge
Suites, Heritage Farmís System and the
- Winged predators, such as owls, can snatch young birds from porches. If such predators are an issue in your area, optional cage-type predator guards are available for several of the Purple Martin houses from
Coates and Nature
- Snakes and some rodents can also climb their way up a pole to threaten a colony. Pole guards present a physical barrier; these are available for all of our poles and are a recommended option.
- Outside perches and porches give the martins some extra space around the nest. Porch dividers are used on linear porches to keep males from dominating more
than their own nest, thereby increasing occupancy rates of adjacent cavities.
In sum, select a house within your price range that has the convenience and safety features
that arte right right for you. There is a wealth of information and experience out there Ė read up before you buy and perhaps add to it as you learn. Hereís our
Guide to Attracting Purple