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Postby kb9zgb » Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:39 pm

Want to do a project building houses for woodies with my daughter. any tips or ideas ? I have some scrap wood bits of plywood and the like. plan on putting them along a creek near my house. Any ideas on how to attract them?
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Re: wood duck houses

Postby tenfingergrip » Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:02 pm

Here's a start.

http://www.ducks.org/media/Conservation ... _plans.pdf

Or just google 'wood duck box plans' and you can read for several weeks.
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Re: wood duck houses

Postby kb9zgb » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:48 am

kool.. will do thanks for the info
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Re: wood duck houses

Postby troutbum43 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:47 am

http://www.calwaterfowl.org/web2/progra ... _plans.pdf

Here are some plans, and a link to some more info. The DU site is helpful too


This link is an oldie but a goodie, will give you details on how high to place boxes, how to align with sunlight etc.
http://el.erdc.usace.army.mil/elpubs/pdf/fwsw4-1.pdf

My two pieces of advice are to resist the urge to place them close together. This will result in dump nesting, abandoned nest, and lower you success rate. Place them at least a quarter mile apart. With these boxes less can really be more, hens are territorial and will defend their nesting territory. You won't get two hens nesting 50 yards apart, one hen will dump nest the other and you will end up with 18 eggs, only 10 of which can be incubated and the hen nesting will waste energy trying to shift and rotate that many eggs. Second piece and to me most critical is make sure you follow through each February by prepping the boxes for the hens putting in shavings, removing last years nest debris and so on. Check your predator guards and make sure they are working. Before you know if you'll have a successfull little program to enjoy! Kudos for wanting to get one going :beer:
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