Blog post: Wood Duck Nesting Boxes: Good Luck with the Wood Ducks

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Name: Larry
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Jan 18, 2016 10:51 AM CST
I installed two boxes like that years ago on a lake we owned. I seldom saw wood ducks, but sometimes they would stop by. Even after several years, I never managed to get them to nest in the boxes. I actually set my boxes out in the water (about three or foot feet deep) on a pole, but they ducks never did seem attracted to them.
Name: Mary
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Nov 2, 2016 9:26 AM CST
Did you get any nesting ducks?
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Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
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Nov 2, 2016 9:39 AM CST
Yes Hurray! Mike was mowing the grass around the edge of the pond, bent down to pick up a branch that was on the ground in front of one of the nesting boxes, and a wood duck flew out of the hold and scared the @!X% out of him. Got a chuckle out of that. I never actually saw any babies though. I am still working full time and wasn't home during the days to notice. I also need to read up on their habits - I don't know if they actually are in the water a lot like the Canadian geese babies are, or if they are more elusive by staying mostly in the woodline and trees.

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