Nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Habitat Forum' started by Neighbor Guy, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. bbfky

    bbfky Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    3,433
    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2002
    Location:
    Central KY
    I prefer cedar shavings you can get them at a pet store for cheap I clean mine out in February and then again after the first hatching
     
  2. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    1,388
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2019
    Location:
    Central MN
    I’m not convinced it really matters what you use. I’ve used pine, cedar, basswood, maple, whatever chips you have will be fine. Prepackaged livestock bedding or pet bedding is easy because you vacant get it in the plastic bales. Otherwise a 5-gallon pail of loose chips will usually get you half a dozen boxes worth.

    Anything is better than nothing. But I have had them nest in nothing as well.
     
  3. Peakebrook

    Peakebrook Senior Refuge Member

    Messages:
    360
    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2003
    Location:
    CT
    You mentioned that you had two destroyed boxes, can you elaborate on how and what?
     
  4. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

    Messages:
    9,665
    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2020
    Location:
    Illinois
    I see many destroyed boxes. The sheet metal state made ones that are like fort knox.
    Trees fall onto them. Sometimes they just get bent a little or knocked over. They get totally destroyed most of the time. Perhaps I will go on a quest and repair some. The state is using plastic ones now.
     
    Out of focus likes this.
  5. Out of focus

    Out of focus Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    1,942
    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2018
    Location:
    It appears I am surrounded by experts.
    We should all try to build and install at least one this month.
     
    jzee likes this.
  6. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    1,388
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2019
    Location:
    Central MN
    @Peakebrook

    The first one we lost was on an old cedar pole just off the navigation channel. It had probably been there 50 years. The area up there has a lot of old abandoned poles from the early resort and fisheries days that we hang boxes on. Anyways, an inattentive/drunk boater hit the pole, smashed up the box, busted the beam off at the waterline. I was bummed, that was a productive box.

    The other was a victim of the ice. We placed it too close to the main lake with no real natural protection. When that ice sheet decides it’s time to go and the wind gets fired up nothings going to stop it.

    I would say up there our biggest hazards are ice and snowmobiles. You can’t really control either.

    Here at home I still run into ice issues. I have a couple that I need to pull and relocate every couple three years. But the biggest issue here is kids. I have found several boxes that are shot up. They seem to be targets.
     
  7. duckbuster5901

    duckbuster5901 Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    1,920
    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2011
    Location:
    maryland
    Our tourists out kayaking & canoeing rip the tops off them so the poor wood ducks aren,t trapped. Stubid S.O.B.,s
     
  8. Out of focus

    Out of focus Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    1,942
    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2018
    Location:
    It appears I am surrounded by experts.
    Clowns like that shouldn’t be allowed outdoors.
     
    creedsduckman likes this.
  9. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    1,388
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2019
    Location:
    Central MN
    Installs, repairs, and service today at my parents/brothers place. We now have 15boxes spread out over the coarse of about a mile. A mix between tree boxes 8-12’ off the ground to cedar poles from abandoned commercial fishing operations from days gone by.

    We had an 80% success rate last season.
    D0D0E227-21F7-4829-8E52-022DA8C72D05.jpeg
    2A0E5B93-3B1F-440F-BD4C-844C5D410DD0.jpeg

    69E73393-C505-46E3-80B7-77C59E98DB40.jpeg
     
    2WIDGN, ripline and Out of focus like this.
  10. ripline

    ripline Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    2,512
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2002
    Location:
    Florence, WI
    Headed up to camp to check/maintain our boxes tomorrow
     
    Neighbor Guy likes this.

Share This Page