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Old 03-29-2021, 12:17 PM   #1
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Default Purple Martin house, is this normal???

I put up a PM house this year for the first time ever. I thought I put the three tiered pole in exactly as per the instructions. However, as is, the bottom section is not stationary. It sits inside a sleeve, with no restraint from being turned. It'll spin completely around by hand. The entire house turns in the wind like a weather vane! I can't imagine this is the way it should be, but like I said, it's my first experience with this. So the question is: Is this normal, or should I make it stationary? Thanks for the advice!
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Old 03-29-2021, 12:41 PM   #2
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No, it should be stationary. they learn to fly into a certain hole. if it moves around, i suspect they will be jacked up.
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Entrance orientation—north, east, south, or west—doesn’t matter. But once the martins have arrived, make sure the housing is kept in the same orientation. If the housing spins or twists around the pole and is not reoriented, the martins may become disoriented and abandon their nests. Do not attach any wires to the house or pole that may lead to trees, buildings, or the ground as they may allow predators to access the housing.
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Old 03-29-2021, 12:58 PM   #3
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No. It’s not normal
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Old 03-29-2021, 01:16 PM   #4
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Thanks for confirming my thoughts. Guess I messed up somewhere!
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Old 03-29-2021, 08:25 PM   #5
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Make it stationary. Some screws in the sleeve will work.
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Old 03-29-2021, 10:33 PM   #6
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You can make a little wedge from a stick and drive it in between the sleeve and pole to lock it in place.
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