are blow-molded in white (sun-reflecting), opaque, high-density
polyethylene plastic. They won't rot, peel, split, or crack out in the
elements, and won't break if accidentally dropped like natural gourds
can. Because they are molded with ultraviolet inhibitors added to the
plastic, they have a long life expectancy with virtually no maintenance
other than giving a quick scrub at the end of the season.
Easy to Hang: SuperGourds
can easily be hung underneath an existing martin house, from a gourd
rack, or strung on a line between two poles. One set of 1/4" hanging
holes (side-to-side) are pre-drilled and will accept a hanging wire; a
set of front-to-back holes can easily be drilled by the purchaser if so
desired. When hanging on any of the gourd racks we offer, the customer will need to enlarge the hanging-holes using a 13/32" drill bit.
Designed to Benefit Purple Martins: Landlords
that use gourds know that they are highly attractive to martins (but
are the least attractive of all martin housing to House Sparrows or
starlings), reduce the risk of owl predation, have high occupancy rates,
plus reduce the incidence of fallouts and premature fledging. Now, busy
landlords can offer their martins all the advantages of
properly-prepared gourds, without investing the time and effort required
to grow natural gourds, then add access doors and canopies, or repaint
them every year or so.
Landlord Friendly: SuperGourds
are ready to hang right out of the box - there's no assembly required. A
landlord only needs hanging wire if not using any of the seven Gourd
Racks we offer. SuperGourds are low-to-no maintenance martin housing;
no sanding or painting, and nothing to add except stick-on numbers.
Everything a person needs to be a better landlord is already there.
Balance the cost of a SuperGourd against the years of low-maintenance
use you'll get and the advantages for the martins. Then compare the
occupancy rate and cost to other types of housing that have, at best,
50% occupancy, or that require annual repainting.
Easy Parasite Control: Nest
parasites can decrease nesting success in Purple Martins by 50%. In a
SuperGourd, any parasite problem can be remedied simply and safely with a
nest replacement. The access port and smooth interior make this easy.
The access port also makes it easy to regularly add Diatomaceous Earth,
further lowering parasite numbers. SuperGourds have no seams, joints, or
crevices in which parasites can hide, breed, or overwinter. No other
type of martin housing can claim this advantage.
Porches: Porches are sold separately. Adding porches to round-holed gourds does not make them starling-resistant.
The Round-holed SuperGourd is available in many price saving quantities.