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Anybody got any wood duck houses out? how many do you manage? I've got 6. At least 3 have eggs.

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  • Anybody got any wood duck houses out? how many do you manage? I've got 6. At least 3 have eggs.

    Anybody got any wood duck houses out? how many do you manage? I've got 6. At least 3 have eggs.

  • #2
    Good for you! I don't have any wood duck habitat, but I do have bluebird boxes and a bat house.

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    • #3
      Good job. We don't have any duck boxes, but we do have some of the scaled down versions for smaller birds(finches mainly).

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      • #4
        If you're within 1/2 mile of a good size wetland I say put out a box by early Spring (next year)

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        • #5
          I just put out a 7th one, it'll be ready for next year. I read 80 percent of natural nests get destroyed by raccoons etc. so i thought I would give it a try. After you put out one it gets kind of addicting knowing how much of an impact you could have on a local population so putting out more is hard not to do. here's a link to a box i just checked the other day, new youtubeuser so I hope it works,


          https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#inbox/1373cbad8ec2fe9c

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          • #6
            well that link doesn't work and the other one isn't allowed by OL for some reason so sorry guess you can't view it. I'll try and figure it out.....

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            • #7
              www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhMyVfagvOA

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              • #8
                www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhMyVfagvOA

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                • #9
                  I've been messing around for a bit trying to get this to wotk. Hopefully that below link works.......

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                  • #10
                    Link works; healthy looking nest. Sadly I am not in an area where these would be effective(I think nearest wetland is 30 miles away).

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                    • #11
                      I dont know if they get used but some neighbors of mine put out boxes out on the lake I live one.

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                      • #12
                        Wood duck boxes are great, but they can be tricky. Wood ducks have been known to lay eggs in other hens' nests in order to better the chance of their offspring surviving. Researchers have found over 40 eggs in one nest before, and when this happens hens will often abandon the nest. So don't put too many boxes on too small and acreage. Here are some articles that may help:

                        www.fwrc.msstate.edu/pubs/nest.pdf
                        www.fwrc.msstate.edu/pubs/ducklings.pdf
                        msucares.com/pubs/infosheets/is0643.pdf

                        These were written by Mississippi State University but the tactics can be applied anywhere.

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