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12 Family Purple Martin Bird House - Green & Tan (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Houses up to 12 purple martin families
- Snaps together in minutes with no tools required
- Slightly sloped floors for drainage
- Measures 18 x 19 x 20 inches and weighs 8 pounds
- Made of UV grade polypropylene copolymer plastic
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|Item Dimensions||20 x 19 x 18 inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||BH12|
|Shipping Weight||8.45 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
During the holidays, I opened the flat-packed box and got after sorting the component plastic pieces and corrugated plastic internals (like the yard signs you see on wire legs at intersections and the like...). Put it together and was a bit disappointed in the poor materials, design and reliance on plastic friction fasteners for assembly, but figured it would be all right...Not everything has to be over designed/built per my preferences...
So, mid January finally came and we gleefully hoisted the house atop the tri-pole I had so carefully cemented in the center of our backyard's "flightpath". Over the next week, we cheerfully discussed the return of the martins with our neighbors and appreciated the ease of the tri-pole's telescoping ability to clean out the sparrow nests that kept appearing overnight, and were somewhat dismayed that about half of the plastic tabs that keep the entrances to the rooms closed had broken off during the repeated cleanings. All the while, hoping that the swarm of martins flying around would show interest in our new house.
Then it happened. Yesterday. Two male martins flew over and very intently began checking out our house! My wife was giddy...the kids were dancing around singing and pointing...And the males were uncomfortably clinging to the railing outside the entrances. The picture shows several adults contentedly perched on the railing. With only about a half inch between the railing and the house, there's not enough depth for them to do anything besides awkwardly hang on, like bats.Read more ›
First I want to stress, saying, "DO YOUR HOMEWORK!". I have learned since wanting, and then quickly purchasing a Martin house for my backyard, that there is more to than just putting something up. I did not read that there is a time to put up Martin houses. Nor did I learn about the different types of Martin houses there are. And I had no idea of all that needs to be considered when one does put up, and then to maintain a Martin house.
I gave two stars. One is that if you do not have the money for a proper Martin house, then this house might do. One star was also for the possibility of correcting some problems this house in my opinion has.
The corrugated plastic material totally deflated me when I saw it. I will probably still give this product a try in January, but with some changes. The room size is way too small. So I will make only 6 rooms which are 12 inches deep, and not the 12 rooms of 6 inches deep. Because Owls make midnight snacks of the Martins reaching in for a claw full of whatever they can grab. Also I have read that Martins don't like their neighbor Martins, so on the porch area, besides needing to have Owls guards, there should be porch dividers. I believe these two extra items can be purchased for this particular house.
Even though the instructions look easy enough to put together, I was taken back that I would have to cut out the type of hole I wanted to use. Again read to find out which size you want to use. I would have liked it better if the holes were able to just snap out.Read more ›
This house is made by S&K. While it's not strictly required that you use the S&K pole, the house is designed to fit on it. After assembling the house, we're definitely glad we got the matching pole. Use either one of the following:
15 Ft Telescoping Pole for Martin House
12' Telescopic Pole
Both these poles telescope so that you can clean out the house and check the nests.
As for the assertion that the house "snaps together in minutes" well . . . I guess that's true if you count that high! It took my husband about two hours to put together, primarily because the interior panels are stamped "cut outs" for tabs, and these were only stamped about halfway through and he had to trim each one. Not really a problem, just time consuming. And we still have to dig the hole, mix concrete, etc. It's not like just hanging a bird feeder or a "typical" little bird house.
The pole has to be set in concrete in your yard. If you want to take the pole down over the winter, you'll need a pole sleeve, which remains in the ground and sticks up just a little when you take the big pole down. This can be ordered directly from the manufacturer -- ordering information is given in the box.
All the references I can find say that 6x12 inch compartments are better than 6x6 compartments.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had this house for 5 yrs was looking to add another. If you are a beginner this house is great. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Steve L.
Very nice and arrived in perfect condition. Didn't realize Purple Martins are only in Texas in March and April so I will be putting it up next year. Perfect size. Read morePublished 18 days ago by mam
This house is made of durable plastic. Assembly was pretty easy. I missed the Purple Martins this year, but have a house full of wrens.Published 1 month ago by JoshuaJohn
I had read some of the reviews before buying and some were negative. I bought it any way and could not be happier! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Coroplast, like the yard signs. Works ok. My Trio Grandpa in Flower Mound, Texas is still where I planted it 25 years ago. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DBM
Excellent so far. I will install on the S&K Manufacturing pole tomorrow when the pole arrives. Easy assembly even though some of the reviews stated otherwise. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Benny M. Twiggs
This is a total piece of s***. And total misleading sales information. First of all you need pole and pole cap which are not included and must be purchased separately and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer