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Both urban and wild populations readily nest in artificial nesting structures.
Mallard duck nesting box plans. How to build a wood duck nest box audubon. Building mallard duck nesting tubes now that we have successfully launched our harrison bay eagle cam project we have turned our attention to yet another environmental conservation project. Free range ducks pros and cons timber creek farm domestic duck house plans 55.
Its success at creating a safe haven for nesting birds led to its recommendation by both the minnesota waterfowl association and the wood duck society. The hen house should be mounted 3 above the high water mark. Every year in the fall after the nesting season has completed or in the winter clean out old nesting material from the box and replace it with a fresh layer ofwood shavings.
Here are plans for a nest box that you can build install and maintain. In the wild mallard ducks tend to stay near water when they nest so whatever they choose to use as a nest is typically as close to the water s edge as they can get it. His design has withstood the test of time.
How to build nest boxes for a mallard duck mallard ducks are one of the most colourful and elegant species of ducks which feed on greens and aquatic invertebrates these ducks prefer to habitat in shallow ponds and marshes. See our tips for building a predator guard and finding the right place to install. Mallard duck nesting box plans best of wood.
This nest structure helps guard against flooding and ground predators. Build a duck nest box procedure tools needed handsaw or table saw drill and 1 2 bit jigsaw screwdriver sandpaper pencil measuring tape straight edge. A duck box may even attract other cavity nesting birds such as kestrels tree swallows great crested flycatchers or screech owls.
How to build nest boxes for a mallard duck. 66 awesome of duck house plan photos. Mallards typically nest in a scrape on the ground near water and often near areas of heavy cover.
Below are plans for a nest box that you can build install and maintain. This annual cleaning needs to be apart ofyour long term maintenance commitment once you place your nest box. Several weeks ago bill greene and mitch sivley approached me with the idea of building and installing nesting tubes for mallard ducks.
If rats or snakes are a problem a nest box on a pole is a good idea. 43 free diy duck coop plans houses for enthusiasts. Mallards are part of a group of waterfowl known as dabblers named for the upside position of a feeding bird.
How to build nest boxes for a mallard duck by kristie karns. Needs to be a part of your long term maintenance commitment once you place your nest box. In the 1980s the late don helmeke a minnesota outdoorsman and conservationist worked long and thoughtfully on wood duck nest box plans.
Hen houses delta waterfowl. What you ll need for your box. Place the hen house in shallow water approximately 3 5 from nearby emergent vegetation.
These ducks prefer shallow ponds and marshes feeding on greens and aquatic invertebrates. Already have a nesting box.