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Author Topic: Might be a time to get some wood duck boxes out, if you hurry.  (Read 45 times)

Offline Madgomer

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Just went out today & freshened up the bedding in the woodie box on my pond.  Hunt Master was just asking me for the plans to build one - in case any of the rest of you are interested, here's the set I follow.  You'll definitely want to use something to keep the coons etc from climbing up the post - I use the "plastic pipe" method shown on these plans, but instead of plastic pipe I wrap some steel or aluminum flashing in a cylinder and mount that around the 4X4 that holds the box up.  So far haven't had any issues with unwanted critters in the box.  Thinking about getting a second one together, but will need to hustle as I expect the woodies to start showing up in the next couple of weeks.

https://www.ducks.org/media/Conservation/GLARO/_documents/_library/_landowner/WoodDuck_NestBox.pdf
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Offline King Ben

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Re: Might be a time to get some wood duck boxes out, if you hurry.
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2019, 02:17:10 PM »
Got mine up on the pond a few weeks ago.  Had 15 woodies on the pond the other day so they at least know it's there.  Right now I have a pair of ringnecks hanging out on the pond.

Offline yari

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Re: Might be a time to get some wood duck boxes out, if you hurry.
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2019, 04:07:17 PM »
I think I mentioned my Woodie houses just get hammered by predators. what I forgot to do though was clean my bluebird houses. mice love to nest in them. I need to get to the cabin and take care of that! I will hopefully get there before turkey season

FYI use something like cedar on the houses. my dad tried plywood and they all came apart. the cedar houses take the weather very well.

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Offline Madgomer

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Re: Might be a time to get some wood duck boxes out, if you hurry.
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2019, 10:55:17 PM »
Definitely recommend cedar, it stands up to the weather and bugs very well.  Mine is going on three years, and looking good yet without any sort of finish applied.
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and enjoy it!

 

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