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Old 07-06-2016, 02:50 PM
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I dont know what kind of martins they are, but growing up I remember dad saying to attract them, you needed a certain roof color (may have been the beer talking) anyway I am seeing hundreds flying around for the last few days and wouldnt mind putting up a few houses to nest the bug eating birds, so is there a certain color for the house and roof, or just throw up a house? I know to stay away from dark colors to keep the heat to a minimum (if there is such thing in MS)
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https://www.purplemartin.org/purple-martins/attracting/

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They could be barn swallows. You don't normally see hundreds of purple martins flying around if there are no martin houses around.
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Purple martins are desired. Buy a purple martin house. You want it about 15 off the ground on a pole. This next part is very important. It has to be in the middle of a wide open space. It is a pain in the ass, but they will ignore it if it is within 30 or so feet of anything.
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That site is great. Thanks!


We always had a Martin house at our lake house. My mother loved them and worked very hard getting them. Not as prevalent in our area but years past she did have success. Last year I took down our house that had that had been sitting unattended for years and had nothing but sparrows. I totally rebuild the thing and painted it. This year for the first time in over a decade we have Martin using it. It's great to have them back. I think we would have more but the trees have grown close to the house and they really do not like that. Apparently the group I have doesn't mind too much as the sit in the trees nearby. Chances are you are too late to get a them this year but put up a house... you never know. The offspring return back next year if you do get them. For a silly bird they sure are fun. Get a house up and enjoy.
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thanks REEL......
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Originally Posted by dmeswi View Post
They could be barn swallows. You don't normally see hundreds of purple martins flying around if there are no martin houses around.
they are DEF martins......my uncle and my mom have a combined 10 houses...(big ones) they live fairley close to me, as the crow flies or in this case martins
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There is a reason they are called PURPLE martins.. Their poop is purple and stains everything it touches and is a bear to remove. We had them while living in Kansas and while they were entertaining and ate the bugs the mess almost was not worth it.

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Stephen - you can have all of mine.

Bastids build their nests in the corner of my porch (large, long, wraparound porch) every year, and the 'birdmahal' I put in the front yard for em goes untouched.


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Al, thats funny.......
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