Wood duck bird house plans,plans for loafing shed,materials to build a 10x10 shed - Downloads 2016

Published : 10.12.2013 | Author : admin | Categories : Woodwork Project Ideas
Once thought to be nearly extinct, the beautiful wood duck has made a remarkable comeback, in part because of boxes that replace a decreasing supply of natural cavaties. Place boxes on posts in water 6 to 8 feet above the surface or in woodland habitat within a half mile of lakes, ponds, marshes or rivers. Please place predator guards of some kind on the posts or trees you use to mount your birdhouses! You could try barn owl houses but gophers are more likely to be taken by snakes, dogs or coyotes. Many Oklahomans consider wood ducks the most spectacular species of waterfowl because of their elaborate plumage. Wood ducks nest from late February through July with peak nesting time during March and April.

Suitable brood rearing habitat should include shallow areas along banks or in wetlands which contain low, overhanging or fallen woody vegetation. The best lumber to use for wood duck boxes is untreated cedar or pine, preferably in rough- cut condition for a "natural" look.
Position the poles at the water's edge or directly in the water to minimize the duckling' vulnerability when they follow their mother from the nest.
Hens lead duckings to water soon after they hatch, so there should be no obstacles such as highways or fine mesh fences. I’ll be using some of the instructions presented here for the creation of burrowing owl nest sites on a few of our Preserves in Placer County.
You can use most any of the above plans and modify them to the specs on the PDF file for the species you want to attract to your yard.

It is actually the only plan I use now because it was the plan that (1) was most often used by the birds and (2) has the best ventilation and is the easiest to open to check on the nesting progress.
Leaving the rough texture on the inside also will allow the duckling to climb up and out of the structure. The wire mesh should lead from the bottom to the entry-exit hole to ensure the duckling' exit.

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