spacing for wood duck/mallard and goose houses

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spacing for wood duck/mallard and goose houses

Postby mturcott » Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:59 pm

how far apart should house be spaced apart in a marsh?
if they are to close will it effect the use of them, or will they all fill up
can you mix in woodie/mallard and goose in the same area?

i am bored and looking for a project like this to do. i know its late to put them up but if i get them out now hopefully they will get used.

thanks mark
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Postby Bayou state shutterbug » Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:13 pm

For woodie houses one of the biggest things is concealing them. If you put a lot of them in the open close by they will be more prone to dump nesting. Dump nesting is where many females will dump eggs in a box and not all the eggs will be incubated properly resluting low hatch numbers. If they must be in the open spread em out. There is no set number that I've heard. Just remember the predator guards and to clean them out after the summer.
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Postby olddkguide » Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:05 am

Place as many boxes as an area will allow without one being in a sight line with another. Example , two boxes can be on opposite sides of a point . I've seen over seventy eggs in one box before, dump boxes don't help at all. The woodies are more likely to use the boxes if you place them in shallow areas, they will use deep water boxes but percent usage goes way down. I maintain over 250 boxes now and have already had some new clutches hatch this spring.
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Postby h2ofwlr » Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:53 pm

100' is as close as I'd go. The guys idea of no direct sight line is a good rule of thumb too.
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