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12 Family Purple Martin Bird House - Green & Tan (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

4.3 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
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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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The best martin house in the industry, the 12 family purple martin house is made of polypropolene copoly plastic. It can be easily maintained by using the S & K Quad-Tel Pole. The entire house snaps together easily with no tools required and is conveniently maintenance free. When used with the quad-tel pole the house has a lifetime warranty. Enjoy the pleasure a unique and well designed Martin house offers as a comfortable home for our feathered friends and enjoyable entertainment to the avid martin enthusiast.


Designed for use with S&K's telescopic poles, this durable, lightweight birdhouse provides shelter, space, and privacy for nesting purple martins. Easy to assemble, the house includes divided compartments for up to 12 families, with enclosed keyhole-style entrances measuring 2-1/4 inches in height and width. Protected from rain by overhangs, the compartments are 6 by 6 inches with 3-by-6-inch railed porches and white front panels to increase entrance visibility. Though the house does not include the porch dividers recommended by some experts, it does have slots in which you could fashion an adaptation. While no martin-nesting structure is maintenance free, S&K cuts down on the work with slightly tilted floors for drainage and hinged front panels for end-of-the-season cleanup. --Emily Bedard

Product Information

Product Dimensions 18 x 19 x 20 inches
Item Weight 8 pounds
Shipping Weight 8.4 pounds
Manufacturer S & K Mfg.
Item model number PBH-12
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4.3 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #36,967 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
#97 in Patio, Lawn & Garden > Outdoor Décor > Backyard Birding & Wildlife > Birds > Birdhouses

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By Matt Mangum on March 15, 2008
My wife received this house for Christmas along with the tri-pole and was very excited to have a martin colony of our own, after enjoying watching our neighbor's colony feeding against central Texas sunsets for about six years.

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.
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I own this product, but I have not used it yet. Actually I have never finished putting it together. Why? (2014 and I still have it, but never put it up. Where I live now I think it could not handle the winds.)

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.
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We bought this house from a local store. We don't have it up yet (the ground is still frozen solid), but I wanted to post a few comments on what we know so far (I'll write more this summer after it's been up a while):

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.
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