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Do It Yourself: Wood Duck Nesting Box

Updated on January 8, 2016

The Wood Duck House


Wood Duck Box

A Wood Duck nesting box is larger to accommodate the size of a Wood Duck. The house is mounted on a post since the nail used to secure this house will kill a tree so be aware of this potential issue.

Wood Duck are one of the most colorful of the ducks with colors that rival those of the hummingbird.

My son found this wood duck box and I took photos of it because I love to create things from wood and having an actual model to photograph seemed like the photo opportunity. So, he held it as I photographed it from all angles.

Wood Ducks in the Yard

The Wood Ducks that are living in my tree do not have a nesting box, and I will not be building one for them, but this nesting box was of interest to me.

The size is large.





Opinion - The Screen

The screen is so the wood ducks can climb out of the box.



Opinion - Sawdust Nest on Bottom

There should be 4 inches of sawdust on the bottom for them to nest on.

Some Facts About This Box

It has a door that is hinged with a simple nail. There is a clasp for the door, to keep it shut. This particular box was never used. Just built. There is a hole for hanging it up, but I think that it would be better to strap it to the tree.

Fact: a nail will kill some trees, so I think that it is better to strap it on. The simple hole for a nail idea doesn't seem feasible since these birds will fly in and probably knock the box sideways trying to get in. Plus, the weight of the birds will cause the box to shift from side to side. That may bother some squeamish birds. I know if I were a bird, it would bother me to the point of not sleeping at night.

Jump From a Perfectly Good Nesting Box?

It's a Nesting Box

The birds crawl up the wire and escape out of the hole when they are able to walk.

How About You

Have you ever seen a nesting box in action?

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Even as ducklings they have personalities. Some don't give rat and do whatever. Some are not sure being born was a good idea and they definitely think leaving that box might not be such a good idea.