Cleaning out wood duck boxes?

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Cleaning out wood duck boxes?

Postby Behind ya » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:24 pm

Is cleaning out a wood duck box a must for them to come back and nest there again? I have heard that this is true for some other types of birds and was wondering if the same held true for the woodies.
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Postby shortround2-3/4 » Mon Jan 07, 2008 4:17 am

We have found unhatched eggs in some of the boxes we've put out. I think it's probally a good idea to at least check them. I don't think they will nest in a box that has last years eggs still in them.
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Postby David » Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:38 am

Here's an article on Alabama's DNR website about it.

http://www.outdooralabama.com/hunting/a ... uckbox.cfm
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Postby Coach N » Wed Jan 09, 2008 6:51 pm

I am thinking about buiding some boxes. The DU site says I should use cedar, is this the universal belief? I am going to put them in a cypress swamp. Will they nest in a cypress box?
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Postby David » Thu Jan 10, 2008 7:44 am

Yes, they will nest in a cypress box. Ceder is recommended because it naturally doesn't rot as quick as some other woods.
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