Purple Martin Birdhouse

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Project by LewH posted 04-15-2011 06:26 PM 1594 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a painted cedar birdhouse for purple martins that I have had up for 4 years. It has held up quite well.

It is installed faceing backwards on a driveway basketball hoop that was underutilized (my lay-ups are more virtual than actual these days) and then raised. The second picture shows it in the lowered position.

For purple martins a requirement is to clean out the nest boxes every season and more frequently if invasive species try to nest. The problem I have is the mechanism that attaches the diagonal arm to the post is not easy to raise and lower – see third photo. Any ideas how to improve this mechanism?

Your ideas and comments are welcome.


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#1 posted 04-15-2011 09:53 PM

Hey, that’s pretty nice! Great work. I should do a project like this with my kids. I bet they would love it.

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#2 posted 06-21-2016 10:17 PM

Just looking through bird houses and saw this one. It’s nice looking. Any specific dimension or hole sizes best used.
I live in SHREVEPORT and was wanting to make one or two. They are spendie and I have a lot of left over cedar so I I thought I might throw a couple together.

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