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Plastic wood duck boxes.

Postby Morgan12 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:14 pm

Anybody using plastic Woodduck boxes that you buy? I'd like to try a few out but all of them I have seen have been around 60 bucks. They will be in Illinois and in the shade I have heard they will actually heat up the eggs to the point of no return in warmer climates. Also where are you guys getting your post? I used a 8 foot T post on 3 of mine but that still only leaves them 6 foot off the ground. The person who use to put them out has 12 foot poles on his. The kind they use on road signs, I dont have awhole lotta money I just spent 80bucks on Tpost and mounting hardware.
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Re: Plastic wood duck boxes.

Postby Have Gun Will Travel » Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:08 am

I havent had a bit of sucess with the plastic boxes. I went back to the wooden ones after 2 years.
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Re: Plastic wood duck boxes.

Postby aunt betty » Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:05 am

I live in East-central Illinois and I would say to build them out of wood. They won't last as long but imo you'll have better luck getting a "wood" duck to use them with success.
They aren't called plastic ducks are they?
They nest in hollow trees so it just seems like a hollow log with wooden caps on the ends and the right sized hole would work the very best. I cut up hollow trees all the time and never thought of making wood duck nest boxes out of them.
I'm going to have to do that now...

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Re: Plastic wood duck boxes.

Postby Morgan12 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:35 pm

Thats actually a great idea! Take the bark off so it'll last longer and it should work
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Plastic wood duck boxes.

Postby Coleman24 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:28 am

I have always just used wooden boxes, idk that I even ever saw these plastic ones?
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Re: Plastic wood duck boxes.

Postby rammajamma » Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:40 pm

I build all of mine out of cypress.

As for as post go, I just weld together to 8' t-post (metal fence post). I then weld a chain link at the very top for my hardware to slide into. They are not but about 6 ft above the water but the wood ducks still use them.

They are a little flemsy with the weight of a box on them. I was skeptical about that, but a tree sways in the wind as well.

I could make it more sturdy if I welded 4 post together (doubling the thickness), but it might be a little harder driving them into the ground. :)
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Re: Plastic wood duck boxes.

Postby renegadeduck » Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:22 am

my club has used them. woodnt put em out if they were free. we went back to wooden ones
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Re: Plastic wood duck boxes.

Postby RustyGunz1960 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:36 am

Why do you think they call them WOOD ducks? Plastic boxes are for Flambeau decoys to nest in! :tongue:
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Re: Plastic wood duck boxes.

Postby Gen. Lee » Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:10 pm

Whatever you use for the box, make sure you use a predator guard...

I buy a 10 foot long post of salt treated lumber, dig a hole 2 or 3 feet deep, set post, and pour in a bag of quik-crete...Seems to work OK...Cypress or cedar are popular for the boxes in the South...

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