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Moving Duck Boxes with Eggs in them?

Postby C.J. » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:52 am

We had to drain our pond to do some work in it, there is only a creek going through the middle of it now, one of the boxes I was cleaning had eggs in it, if I move it to the creek could the female still find it?
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Re: Moving Duck Boxes with Eggs in them?

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:57 am

Don't move it
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Re: Moving Duck Boxes with Eggs in them?

Postby MarkM » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:10 am

Shouldn't even touch the box if it has eggs
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Re: Moving Duck Boxes with Eggs in them?

Postby OGblackcloud » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:16 am

MarkM wrote:Shouldn't even touch the box if it has eggs

You can look in it but don't be moving it or you may as well throw those eggs out
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Re: Moving Duck Boxes with Eggs in them?

Postby jaysweet3 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:45 am

Such a tragedy...
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Re: Moving Duck Boxes with Eggs in them?

Postby OGblackcloud » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:52 am

jaysweet3 wrote:Such a tragedy...

Guess he could make an omelet . When life gives you lemons make lemon aide
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Re: Moving Duck Boxes with Eggs in them?

Postby charlie beard » Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:42 am

OGblackcloud wrote:
MarkM wrote:Shouldn't even touch the box if it has eggs

You can look in it but don't be moving it or you may as well throw those eggs out


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Re: Moving Duck Boxes with Eggs in them?

Postby Underradar » Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:44 am

Give them to KCKong, he needs eggs.
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Re: Moving Duck Boxes with Eggs in them?

Postby Rick Hall » Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:48 am

The South Carolina Waterfowl Association had transplanted a slew of wood ducks to areas without by waiting until the hen has sat on her eggs a certain amount of time, then locking her in there with them and moving the box to the new area, and reopening it in that location. Mom stays with the clutch and raised them there, then the following year, she'll return to the area she was hatched, but her surviving brood will nest in the new area where they were hatched.

Chances are the nest and brood will be fine where they are, as Mom will lead them over land quite a distance to the creek or other water. But if you do decide to move the box, I'd contact the SCWA for their advice. Don't think anyone knows more about transplanting wood ducks.
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Re: Moving Duck Boxes with Eggs in them?

Postby Indaswamp » Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:50 pm

OGblackcloud wrote:
jaysweet3 wrote:Such a tragedy...

Guess he could make an omelet . When life gives you eggs make an omelet.

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Re: Moving Duck Boxes with Eggs in them?

Postby Baymen Moe » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:16 pm

Rick Hall was spot on. Wood ducks will nest quite aways from water if they find the right spot. I say leave it.
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Re: Moving Duck Boxes with Eggs in them?

Postby MinnesotaDan » Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:09 pm

I heard on the radio wood duck nest boxes are effective for up to 1 mile away from water. So I would just leave the nest.
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Re: Moving Duck Boxes with Eggs in them?

Postby C.J. » Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:54 am

there is still a creek channel running through the middle so they should be fine, my other question is with these boxes sitting 5-7ft off the water sometimes, how do these ducklings not break their back when they climb out?
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Re: Moving Duck Boxes with Eggs in them?

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:55 am

C.J. wrote:there is still a creek channel running through the middle so they should be fine, my other question is with these boxes sitting 5-7ft off the water sometimes, how do these ducklings not break their back when they climb out?


They bounce well lol
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Re: Moving Duck Boxes with Eggs in them?

Postby MarkM » Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:56 am

OHIODUCKA5 wrote:
C.J. wrote:there is still a creek channel running through the middle so they should be fine, my other question is with these boxes sitting 5-7ft off the water sometimes, how do these ducklings not break their back when they climb out?


They bounce well lol

Yep.

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Re: Moving Duck Boxes with Eggs in them?

Postby Rick Hall » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:40 am

C.J. wrote:there is still a creek channel running through the middle so they should be fine, my other question is with these boxes sitting 5-7ft off the water sometimes, how do these ducklings not break their back when they climb out?


I'm maybe a half mile through our small town from the nearest canal, and a neighbor has a wood duck box nearly 20 ft up a big oak in his yard that produces a brood every year. They just jump out, bounce on the lawn and hike down the road behind Mom when they're all assembled. When I encounter such a brood during my runs, they scatter for cover like water beads on a hot griddle then drop dead still in cover, while she plays the cripple until I'm well off. Then, they reassemble and parade on to water.

Thought I was going to be lucky enough to have a nest in a hollow of an oak outside my office window one Spring, but the squirrels weren't having it.
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Re: Moving Duck Boxes with Eggs in them?

Postby teddysberna » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:31 pm

Rick Hall wrote:Thought I was going to be lucky enough to have a nest in a hollow of an oak outside my office window one Spring, but the squirrels weren't having it.



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