Purple Martin Houses(248Purple Martin Houses)

Caring for and housing a purple martin colony has captivated people for centuries. The styles, sizes, and materials used in creating today's martin houses vary significantly. With such a myriad of choices, a suitable system can be found for everyone that fits most budgets. Important factors to consider when looking into purchasing a martin house or system are the appearance, cost, construction, ease of assembly, ease of nest checks, and protection from nest competition and predation.

The two main styles of purple martin houses are conventional and gourd types. Conventional martin houses feature a multi-level house, with different compartments for several bird families at once. These types of homes are usually mounted on a telescoping pole, where the pole raises and lowers for nest checks. Other homes of this type are designed with a hole in the center, for a pole to thread through the unit. This allows the home to be raised and lowered using a winch and pulley system for cleaning and checking. Gourd systems mimic natural gourds, which were first used by Native Americans for housing martins centuries ago. Gourds usually house one martin family each, and are mounted on a rack system. The racking system attaches to a pole, and is raised and lowered by a winch and pulley. Gourds may be used as a stand alone system, or a few of them added beneath a conventional house for more occupancy and versatility.

Light colored houses tend to have higher occupancy rates, and help keep nestlings cool during the summer months. Homes made from aluminum and plastic are the most common on the market, while wooden houses are also readily available. Most homes are disassembled when purchased, and construction times vary for each unit.
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  • Books & Media ( 2Books & Media )

    Nature House Purple Martin Morning Vocalization CD

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    Nature House Purple Martin Morning Vocalization CD
    NH-CDV1
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    Stokes Purple Martin Book

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    Stokes Purple Martin Book
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    Conventional Martin Houses ( 54Conventional Martin Houses )

    S&K Purple Martin House, 12 Room

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    S&K Purple Martin House, 12 Room
    SK-PBH-12
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    S&K Purple Martin Barn, 16 Room

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    S&K Purple Martin Barn, 16 Room
    SK-BN-16
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    Nature House Martin Safety System with Pole, 12 Room

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    Nature House Martin Safety System with Pole, 12 Room
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    S&K Dual Purple Martin Houses, Expandable Option, 24 Rooms

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    S&K Dual Purple Martin Houses, Expandable Option, 24 Rooms
    SK-PBH-12-CP2
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    Heath Aluminum 12-Room Deluxe Martin House

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    Heath Aluminum 12-Room Deluxe Martin House
    HMC-AH-12D
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    Nature House Purple Martin Pioneer House, 12 Room

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    Nature House Purple Martin Pioneer House, 12 Room
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    Gourds & Gourd Rack Systems ( 60Gourds & Gourd Rack Systems )

    Heath Two-Piece Martin Gourds, Crescent SREH, 16 Pack

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    Heath Two-Piece Martin Gourds, Crescent SREH, 16 Pack
    HMC-30016
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    Purple Martin Gourds with Hanging Bracket and Pole Kit

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    Purple Martin Gourds with Hanging Bracket and Pole Kit
    BN-HGB-KIT
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    Troyer's Deluxe Gourd Rack with 12 Crescent SREH Gourds

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    Troyer's Deluxe Gourd Rack with 12 Crescent SREH Gourds
    TBP-DGR12H-SGCP
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    Heath Deluxe Purple Martin Gourds, Pack of 8

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    Heath Deluxe Purple Martin Gourds, Pack of 8
    HMC-DLXGRD-CP8
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    Heath Deluxe Purple Martin Gourds, Pack of 4

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    Heath Deluxe Purple Martin Gourds, Pack of 4
    HMC-DLXGRD-CP4
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    Troyer's Horizontal Gourd Rack w/8 Crescent SREH SuperGourds

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    Troyer's Horizontal Gourd Rack w/8 Crescent SREH SuperGourds
    TBP-GR8H-SGCP
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    Kits and Packages ( 60Kits and Packages )

    S&K 12 Room Purple Martin House Package

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    S&K 12 Room Purple Martin House Package
    BN-PBH-12-KIT
    SRP:  $274.99
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    S&K 16 Room Purple Martin House Package

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    S&K 16 Room Purple Martin House Package
    BN-BN-16-KIT
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    Purple Martin Gourds with Hanging Bracket and Pole Kit

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    Purple Martin Gourds with Hanging Bracket and Pole Kit
    BN-HGB-KIT
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    S&K Dual Purple Martin Houses, Expandable Option, 24 Rooms

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    S&K Dual Purple Martin Houses, Expandable Option, 24 Rooms
    SK-PBH-12-CP2
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    Troyer's Deluxe Gourd Rack with 12 Crescent SREH Gourds

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    Troyer's Deluxe Gourd Rack with 12 Crescent SREH Gourds
    TBP-DGR12H-SGCP
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    Heath 12-Room Deluxe Purple Martin House Package

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    Heath 12-Room Deluxe Purple Martin House Package
    BN-AH-12D-KIT
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    Martin House Accessories ( 55Martin House Accessories )

    Troyer's Birds' Paradise Wire Sparrow Trap

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    Troyer's Birds' Paradise Wire Sparrow Trap
    TBP-ST-2
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    Nature House Starling Resistant Doors, 12 pack

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    Nature House Starling Resistant Doors, 12 pack
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    S&K Starling Resistant Door Panels for PBH-12/BN-16 Houses

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    S&K Starling Resistant Door Panels for PBH-12/BN-16 Houses
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    S&K Perch Kit

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    S&K Crescent Door Plugs, Set of 12

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    Heritage Farms Purple Martin House System Top Perch

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    Heritage Farms Purple Martin House System Top Perch
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    Poles & Pole Accessories ( 46Poles & Pole Accessories )

    S&K Telescoping Aluminum Tri-Pole with Ground Socket, 15'

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    S&K Telescoping Aluminum Tri-Pole with Ground Socket, 15'
    SK-TTP-15-3-GS
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    B.E.S.T. Martin House Pole & Adapter, 15', by Prime Retreat

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    B.E.S.T. Martin House Pole & Adapter, 15', by Prime Retreat
    PRT-8500
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    S&K Telescoping Aluminum Triangular Pole, 12'

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    S&K Telescoping Aluminum Triangular Pole, 12'
    SK-TTP12
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    Heath Telescoping Martin House and Gourds Pole, White, 15'

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    Heath Telescoping Martin House and Gourds Pole, White, 15'
    HMC-MP-19P
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    Galvanized Steel Easy Pulley System Martin House Pole

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    Galvanized Steel Easy Pulley System Martin House Pole
    PRT-8513
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    S&K Galvanized Steel Easy Pulley System Martin House Pole

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    S&K Galvanized Steel Easy Pulley System Martin House Pole
    SK-EXRP19
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