Wood Duck Nest
Box Project


GALLERY I
How the Boxes are Made

This is how the Preserve's nest boxes are made, should you like to build some yourself. RRC board member Jerry Rogers has built all these boxes for the last 20 years, and he continues to supervise their installation and the annual repair process which is critical to the ongoing success of the project.
The box should beconstructed of unplaned weather-resistent lumber that should never be painted, stained or creosoted.

 

Note the drain holes in the bottom and the insect repellant strip that is stapled on the inside of the roof and annually replaced

 

The entrance should be oval shaped with the broadest distance horizontal - and the hole framed by a non-chewable substance

 

On the inside front of the box, beneath the hole, a hardware cloth ladder provides the ducklings with a means of escaping the box. After hatching, ducklings stay in the box (or cavity) for only 12-24 hours. When the ducklings are ready to leave the nest, the hen calls them out with a soft "kuh, kuh, kuh." The ducklings climb up to the entrance hole and jump to the ground or water below.

 

Bedding should be at least 4-inches deep and replenished during annual maintenance.

 

Yes, that's a bat house attached to this nest box - complete with residents!
GALLERY I
GALLERY II
GALLERY III
GALLERY IV
GALLERY V

 

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