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Nest Boxes for Wood Ducks (Classic Reprint) book from motorola read
However, if smooth wood or metal is used in box construction a ladder must be provided to allow the ducklings to climb out of the boxChecking and maintaining nest boxes prolongs the life of the box and often provides some interesting evidence of other wildlife use!Look for the following evidence of wildlife usage:Unhatched eggs--Wood duck eggs look like small chicken eggs, hooded merganser eggs look like ping pong balls.Down feathers, shell fragments, and papery-looking white membrane are signs of a successful hatch.Duck feathers are not evidence of duck usage as tree swallows and starlings bring feathers in to line their nests.Be careful when checking your boxes! Wasp and hornets build assorted paper nests and honey bees may build honeycombs.Starlings use coarse grasses and feathers when available, sometimes completely filling the boxI employ an effective but time consuming method of control, using .22 caliber birdshot ammunitionDo not place the box and pole in the middle of cattails as it will not be visible to ducks when the cattails grow up.Boxes on TreesErect on trees of large size, preferably not less than 10 inches or 12 inches in diameter.The boxes should be placed 8 or 10 feet above the ground, above the brush line where they are readily visible to the searching ducks.The trees should be chosen as close to the water and brood area as possible.The boxes may be attached to the tree by spikes.The boxes should be equipped with predator guards and the box cover securely fastened down.Checking & Maintaining Nest BoxesA wood duck that nests successfully in a nesting box will do so again and againThey quite commonly will return to a previously used nest boxReturn to Top
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