Fancy Martin House

A fancy martin house. One of several that were included in a book aboutĀ The Relation of Birds to the Cotton Boll Weavil. It USDA published it in 1907. The work advises that purple martinsĀ are good at keeping boll weavil populations in check. Building multi-room, fancy martin house like this one would encourage pairs of martins to return year after year.

Five stories of birdie apartments. Sweet fencing and railings on each floor for perching on and watching over their nests. And, a pretty dome at the top. What more could a purple martin ask for in an apartment?

I wish the quality of the vintage bird house drawing was better but it is so elaborate. It would be good if used like a rubber stamped image. You could easily change the color of the lines with most any graphics application.

fancy martin house drawing

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