Guide to Buying your Purple Martin House
| Across Eastern North America, Purple Martins are almost totally dependent on humans to provide nesting sites for breeding and raising their young. They choose housing that meets their instinctual needs for safety. All of the houses here at the PurpleMartinHouse meet those needs - so how do you select the Purple Martin house that’s right for you?
If you are new to the hobby, you may be finding a lot of information ... and some of it may be conflicting and confusing. However, if you are looking to attract Purple Martins and live within the habitat they occupy, the only real mistake you can make is to not put up a Purple Martin house.
For most people "which house?” is a matter of price, looks and convenience. Scientific researchers and serious martin enthusiasts also enjoy experimenting with housing designed to increase occupancy rates and fledgling success. Building a better mousetrap, if you will. We offer houses for these most enthusiastic of aficionados and a range of others for beginners and hobbyists as well.
Most Purple Martin houses do require some assembly before they can be used. Its common for these types of houses to not ship fully assembled because of high shipping costs and additional risk for damage. Some manufacturer brands do however ship mostly assembled martin homes and they include the LoneStar house (all three models) and now the Coates houses have a fully assembled option, see them here.
You don’t have to spend a lot … unless you choose. It’s a bit like buying a car – they all take you down the road, but some get there with more whistles and bells. Our houses range from Chevrolets to Cadillac’s, with prices ranging from $49.00 to $369.00.
To the price of a house, you need to add the cost of a mounting pole. Those that we offer are designed to match a specific house and all permit raising or lowing of the house for maintenance. We offer our 12-room Cottage Purple Martin House and matching telescoping pole for less than $125.00 and the 14-room starling resistant Alamo Purple Martin house with its matching winch pole is priced at more than $500.00. Some houses and poles are sold as systems - this helps to keep prices down.