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Postby Newf Hunter » Wed Apr 09, 2008 10:05 pm

I'm in the process of building some boxes to put up on some of our farm pond and local creeks. My question is, on the creeks can you put the box on the bank or does it have to be over water. The creeks stay fairly low but my luck we would have a toad strangler and there would go my boxes.
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Postby olddkguide » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:23 am

Yes , you can put the boxes on the bank. Make sure you use predator guards, place box on poles or post, and no over hanging branches within six feet of the box. Good luck! :thumbsup:
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Postby Newf Hunter » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:47 am

I've got some old blades that came off of our disk. they're about 2 ft. across, is that big enough for a predator guard?
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Postby olddkguide » Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:23 am

Sorry the answer is no, suggested size is 36" or larger. Predator guard is the most important part of a successful woodduck box.
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Postby Newf Hunter » Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:32 pm

Crap, of course that wouldn't work, that would be too handy. Oh well, what do they make predator guards out of?
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Postby Admin2 » Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:50 am

Galvanized metal. Look at h2ofwlr's topic on it.


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Postby Braidwood Hunter » Thu May 01, 2008 2:40 pm

When's the best time to put them up? Is it too late now?
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Postby David » Thu May 01, 2008 3:00 pm

It's to late for the first nesting, but sometimes they will have a second brood. You might be able to make it if you put it up now. The best time to place them/clean them/replace nesting materials is right at the end of duck season.
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Postby olddkguide » Thu May 01, 2008 4:06 pm

Go ahead and put em up. They probably wont take this year but they might. I've had new birds on third clutches as late as mid July. Checked some of my ponds the other day and have lots of new woodies this year.
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Postby tsmart » Tue May 13, 2008 1:06 pm

Place them 300 ft apart, or at least "out of sight" of each other. Seperation of the boxes, prevents nest dumping.

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Postby Greenhead329 » Wed May 28, 2008 7:56 pm

what do yall use for bedding?? I had some shavings I was thinking about using some shavings from choping up dead trees around the farm.... :huh:
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Postby olddkguide » Thu May 29, 2008 7:52 am

We had a good debate on this question several months ago. If your chips are dry / not green then they should work fine. The hen is going to line the nest with feathers and other stuff. You just don't want to put anything in there that might mold. Good luck. :thumbsup:
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Postby tsmart » Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:19 am

Pine Shavings - Walmart has them in the pet supplies, or Tracto Supply has them...

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Postby duckhnter4life » Thu Jul 03, 2008 2:07 pm

When i put mine up I used metal pole and some grease and redo the grease every year. works pretty good. I put mine on the bank about 4 feet from the water but the water there rises.
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Postby h2ofwlr » Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:46 pm

A couple of things. Make sure you buy unscented shavings, many of the pet shavings are scented with an light oil. But light oil and eggs do NOT mix. Keeps them from hatching. So buy ONLY unscented shavings.

As for the grease--a real bad idea. Here is why. So where do you think that grease (oil) goes when it rains out? Into the stream, pond, etc.. It is like pouring a 1/2 qt of oil into a storm sewer or in the waters edge over time. A good idea that was not thought out too well making it a poor idea when you consider we as trying to not pollute the land and waters of the wildlife we are trying to help out.
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Postby tsmart » Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:38 am

h2ofwlr wrote:As for the grease--a real bad idea. Here is why. So where do you think that grease (oil) goes when it rains out? Into the stream, pond, etc.. It is like pouring a 1/2 qt of oil into a storm sewer or in the waters edge over time. A good idea that was not thought out too well making it a poor idea when you consider we as trying to not pollute the land and waters of the wildlife we are trying to help out.

Not to mention, the EPA would "burn you a new one". :eek:

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