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Postby colebyrob » Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:57 pm

I live in South Aalabama and was wondering when is the correct time to put out wood duck boxes?
If that don't lite your fire , your wood's wet . - Jim Ronquest
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Re: wood duck box

Postby klee7013 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:23 pm

now would be good. Here in SC i see them starting to nest in Feb . good luck
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Re: wood duck box

Postby tenfingergrip » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:35 pm

Any time is ok, but wood ducks start looking for nesting cavities as early as mid December in the south and southeast. They usually start staking out their territory around the nesting cavity/box in February and can start laying eggs as early as the end of Feb/1st of March. Hen will generally lay one egg per day until she is ready to set and then start the incubation process non stop (only leaving the nest to eat and deficate) until the brood starts to hatch. If you put up a box now, make sure it has shavings, a predator guard, and is slightly tilted forward or has grooves in the inside front so the chicks can climb out. The hen will not assist. Change the shavings prior to next year (December) for the hen to renest (if she makes it thru).
I've got over a hundred boxes erected.
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Re: wood duck box

Postby klee7013 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:08 pm

we stapled chicken wire on the inside from the bottom all the way to the hole so the ducklings can climb out the hole.

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