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Who is putting up Wood Duck Boxes?

Postby Tom Phillips* » Thu Feb 14, 2008 11:15 am

Here is a good resource to review:

Guidelines For Managing
WOOD DUCK NEST BOXES
In Washington State

http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/game/water/woodduck.pdf
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Postby Willie » Thu Feb 14, 2008 11:23 am

Thanks, Tom...there's been talk about doing this here in NC. I'll check it out...
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Postby Admin2 » Thu Feb 14, 2008 1:38 pm

There are a bunch of good topics in the Conservation/biology forum here regarding this.

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: http://www.duckhuntingchat.com/viewforum.php?f=69


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Postby apexhunter » Thu Feb 14, 2008 2:39 pm

Here in NC different organizations will buy/build boxes, install them and do the annual cleaning & maintenance. My old DU chapter used to work in conjunction with the utility company to install and/or maintain the boxes on a lake surrounding one of their nuclear plants. I used to know a high school shop teacher that would get donated cypress and have his students build the boxes in class. He would sell some to pay for the extra supplies to install the others (poles & predator guards).

I have also seen some boy scouts troops do duck box construction and installations for merit badges.
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Postby Pillowcasr » Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:02 am

Working on em this weekend with T. Smart. Always fun to see whats been using them thru the winter. check this out.

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Postby Tom Phillips* » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:06 am

Pillowcasr wrote:Working on em this weekend with T. Smart. Always fun to see whats been using them thru the winter. check this out.

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That is cool! :thumbsup:

How did a great horned owl get through that hole? That is a great horned owl, isn't it? It just looks so much smaller than what I usually think of when I think of that species. The color looks more like a barn owl, but the head and face are all wrong for that one. Hmm... what owl is that?

I have never heard of one doing that before. You should post this under an independent thread so that people can find it easily later.

Thanks for putting that up. :thumbsup:
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Postby Pillowcasr » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:08 am

I think its a screach owl. it was about eight or so inches tall.
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Postby Tom Phillips* » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:16 am

Pillowcasr wrote:I think its a screech owl. it was about eight or so inches tall.


Yes, that's it. It looks like the red-phase Eastern Screech Owl.

I wasn't familiar with that one.

http://www.owlpages.com/image.php?image ... ops-asio-2

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Postby hunter20046667 » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:29 am

kinda looks like he either ate the former squaters or likes blue jay snacks lol
killem all let the cook sortem out, umm good
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Postby Greenhead Grappler » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:38 am

im gonna put some boxes around here!
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hey, pillowcasr. we had a family of what i think was barn owls (they were white) in our blind this last year. you can move the babies nearby and they'll find them. we put them in an old deer stand about 100 yds away and the mother found them that day. (viscious little suckers!) they dont smell good either.
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Postby Pillowcasr » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:02 am

Yeah that area can use some boxes! We can all give money to alll the nonprofits we want, but getting out there and doing something for the ducks is what really counts!
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Postby Tom Phillips* » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:54 am

Greenhead Grappler wrote:im gonna put some boxes around here!
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hey, pillowcasr. we had a family of what i think was barn owls (they were white) in our blind this last year. you can move the babies nearby and they'll find them. we put them in an old deer stand about 100 yds away and the mother found them that day. (viscious little suckers!) they dont smell good either.


Greenhead Grappler,

That is a beautiful area, and the rest of the pictures you shared with me show what a paradise you've got there. I'm sure you will see great results from your wood duck boxes. The wood ducks are natal philopatric which means that the offspring will return to nest in the same place. [Natal = birth, philo = love, patria = love of country] Returnng hens will renest in the same box. I have a friend with more than 200 boxes up, and some boxes produce broods twice a year. Some trees have up to four boxes on them. So you're at the first stages of what could be a long successful endeavor.

Good Luck! :thumbsup:

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Postby tsmart » Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:49 pm

Quite a bit of good info. in this thread....

http://www.duckhuntingchat.com/viewtopic.php?t=55454

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Postby mike. » Fri Feb 15, 2008 4:34 pm

make some guys!! i made 3 last year, heres some pics. You tell me if they were sucessful.
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p.s. i know now that i wasnt supposed to disrupt the hen. I only spooked her out once on accident and saw the eggs, then went back 28 days later put the camera in the box and was lucky enough that she was in there and that the eggs were hatching. you can see the ducklings in the pic with the hen. The next day, all 13 ducklings left the box. This year in september, i noticed 14 woodducks in my area. Before that i only noticed 2 or 3. Hopefully, more and more to come. Only one of my three boxes were used last year by a woodduck. The other one was used by a starling and the other one had no activity. Hopefully all three are used this year. I cant wait.
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Postby h2ofwlr » Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:46 pm

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Postby Tom Phillips* » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:04 pm

mike. wrote:make some guys!! i made 3 last year, heres some pics. You tell me if they were sucessful.
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p.s. i know now that i wasnt supposed to disrupt the hen. I only spooked her out once on accident and saw the eggs, then went back 28 days later put the camera in the box and was lucky enough that she was in there and that the eggs were hatching. you can see the ducklings in the pic with the hen. The next day, all 13 ducklings left the box. This year in september, i noticed 14 woodducks in my area. Before that i only noticed 2 or 3. Hopefully, more and more to come. Only one of my three boxes were used last year by a woodduck. The other one was used by a starling and the other one had no activity. Hopefully all three are used this year. I cant wait.


mike,

That's awesome! :thumbsup:

Aren't those eggs beautiful? :yes:

Congratulations on your success.

You may need some more boxes. :wink:

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Postby apexhunter » Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:39 am

What is more beautiful is that the hen had a 100% hatch rate!!!!!
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Postby usmchunter » Sat Feb 16, 2008 8:05 am

Thanks for the info Tom. I plan to do some around here.
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Postby mike. » Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:29 am

thanks guys, i might be making more boxes this year. They are so simple and not time consuming. I think everyone should at least put up one at one of their honey holes. If you dont have wood ducks in your area, set up a mallard tube or a goose platform. Do something to help out the population, its really rewarding.

p.s. this was the day after i got the picture of the hen and the ducklings. I was hoping i could watch them jump out of the box, that would have been pretty sweet, but you have to be there at the right time. Anyways, heres the empty box with shell fragments
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Postby Pillowcasr » Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:10 am

Checked 14 boxes on Sat. evicted three owls and looked like most if not all were used. Found a couple unhatched eggs but all looked good.

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Postby mike. » Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:54 pm

awesome owl picture
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Postby tsmart » Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:04 pm

Wait til you see the video of me evicting it. :rofl: :rofl:

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Postby tsmart » Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:05 pm

Different owl, different box...

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Postby Pillowcasr » Mon Feb 18, 2008 3:09 pm

Heres the Vid

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Postby mike. » Mon Feb 18, 2008 3:48 pm

wont it be back? Are you even aloud to touch an owl? lol
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