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Wood Duck Nesting Box

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Project by gtpreacher posted 08-17-2019 08:57 PM 590 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My woodworking club has been asked to make nesting boxes for wood ducks for use in our area. I had some cedar, which is supposed to be ideal for this purpose and slapped this one together. It was a quick project – all butt joints and screws. I hope the ducks enjoy it.

-- Phil, North Carolina





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 08-18-2019 01:47 AM

That’s a dandy looking nest box. Wish we had woodies here I’d love to hang a few around.

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mel52

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#2 posted 08-18-2019 03:42 AM

That looks a lot better than the ones around here, and they are used all the time. I also noticed the climbing slits on the inside front, not sure what they are really called. Great job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#3 posted 08-18-2019 10:47 AM

Cool hope you attract ducks.

-- Petey

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#4 posted 08-18-2019 12:05 PM

Made a few myself. Funny how they like the oval shape to the hole.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 08-18-2019 10:02 PM

Good on you for helping the woodies. Believe me they like that shape, and it will be populated.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 08-21-2019 09:36 PM

I too have made quite a few Wood duck nests. Mine have also been used by Screech Owls, Meganser ducks, and flying squirrels. The latter stuffs the box with lots of moss and if you disturb them they never seem to come back.
I add pine wood shavings for nesting and clean them our every fall to avoid parasites.

One small improvement I would suggest is to overlap the roof piece on the sides so rain does not run around the edge and into the box. A drip edge slit cut on the under side of that overhand helps too. I have found that a layer of roll roofing material on the top helps keep the roof wood dry (lasting longer) and gives the ducks good footing when they land there. The females tend to land on the top and inspect the inside before entering.

-- Les B, Oregon

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