Gourds have been used to make purple martin houses for centuries. Native Americans used to hang them to attract martins to their settlements to help control insects. Today, purple martins easy of the Rocky Mountains depend on people to supply them with houses and gourds. Time spent creating a purple martin gourd birdhouse is a worthwhile investment. Cured hard-shell gourds are almost as tough as plywood, and they will last up to 30 years if properly coated with a preservative and handled with a little care.
These basic gourd birdhouses are popular with the birds and purple martin “landlords”. The best part is, there’s no limit to the number of homemade birdhouses you can produce and hang right in your yard. We’ve heard of one martin enthusiast who puts up and maintains more than 600 gourd houses every year!