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    That is really cool. Maybe one of the ducks using the new box is your duck, Either way really neat. I have hunted them many years ago behind the house but no longer do. I watch them fly over in the evening going back to roost though, We have a lot of Wood ducks in the ponds behind the house.

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    Terrific post and photos Ballistics!
    We started getting wood ducks on the pond each spring, so I built this nest box.
    It's been in place for five years but never been used.
    Enjoy your new tenants!

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    This clip just makes me giggle!



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    Hey Vooch, thanks for posting that video. My wife showed that to me a couple weeks ago and I couldn't find it again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Golphin View Post
    That is really cool. Maybe one of the ducks using the new box is your duck, Either way really neat. I have hunted them many years ago behind the house but no longer do. I watch them fly over in the evening going back to roost though, We have a lot of Wood ducks in the ponds behind the house.
    I hunted pheasants back in the mid 80's for a few years. I hunted grouse for a few years in the late 90's. That's the extent of my bird hunting. Oh wait, I hunted turkey in the early 2000's.

    I've lived in this house for 12 years. We've seen grouse and turkey, but never a duck until last year. I am surprised to see these wood ducks show up just about one week after putting the nest box out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vooch View Post
    Terrific post and photos Ballistics!
    We started getting wood ducks on the pond each spring, so I built this nest box.
    It's been in place for five years but never been used.
    Enjoy your new tenants!

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    I'm surprised you've seen ducks there but haven't had any tenant in 5 years. That doesn't make any sense to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ballistics04 View Post
    I'm surprised you've seen ducks there but haven't had any tenant in 5 years. That doesn't make any sense to me.
    I don't get it.
    I've counted as many as 12 on the little 1/3 acre pond at once in early May.
    By June you don't see them anymore.
    Could be they're just passing through?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vooch View Post
    I don't get it.
    I've counted as many as 12 on the little 1/3 acre pond at once in early May.
    By June you don't see them anymore.
    Could be they're just passing through?

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    It could be that they already established a natural nest like a hollow tree, or something that makes them feel safer. It could also be that it's too close to another nest that they've been using.

    But, let's talk about your nest box. Do you have any nesting material inside your box? I use the flake pine shavings from Tractor Supply, in the white bag. It worked for our chickens and new chicks for 6 years of raising chickens. The pine shavings in my box are 4-6 inches deep. The shavings have to be replaced by you every year. I drilled 5 holes in the bottom of my nest box for drainage, 1/2" holes. I also put a steel mesh material inside my nest box, pictured in my 2nd post I think. I used my circular saw to cut several horizontal shallow cuts on the front outside of the box to give the ducks a way to grab onto the box when they enter the box. The hole is 3.5" tall by 4.5" wide.

    I'll just say that I doubt there's something about your box that they don't like. It doesn't make any sense to me.

    I think the ducklings leave their nest box in June. It takes 2 months for them to fly, so they have to live and survive on the ground for those two months. I don't think they ever return to the next box or nest site until the following spring. My understanding is that the nest box is only used to lay and hatch the eggs. As you've seen in videos, the ducklings leave the nest box the same day they are hatched. I selected my nest box site so they the mom and her young can sleep on a log in the middle of the creek, in hopes of making them harder to get to by predators.
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    Vooch, the box is camo'd, they can't see it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 256WinMag View Post
    Vooch, the box is camo'd, they can't see it.
    That's funny right there
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