Attracting Martins to your homestead is a good idea because they have been observed to eat as many as 1,200 bugs a day.
ILLUSTRATION/ WILL SHELTON
Martins are a great visitor for your yard because they scare off less desirable birds such as ravens and hawks that will eat your corn and chickens.
Follow these plans for a functional, weather proof birdhouse.
This support strut will keep your birdhouse sturdy and safe.
Make sure the posts of your birdhouse are secure, concrete footing should do the trick.