I want my ducks and geese to be able to raise little ones this year. What are the best designs for nesting boxes and how to keep their eggs safe from opossums and raccoons?
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Best way to protect those broody's and eggs to become babies is to give them a very safe secure house to brood in. If you do that they won't be bothered by predators.
I don't use nesting boxers for either my ducks or geese they have deep shaving in their houses and they make their own nests to lay in. Once one goes broody I lay a piece of scrap play wood or T11 what ever I have, lay it up against the wall and secure with screws this gives them their own privacy once babies are hatched they have their own space till ducklings etc are at least 3 weeks old, goslings mama and papa are much better at protecting their young from the rest of the flock.
One I made for my goose to give her privacy.
Edited by Miss Lydia - 1/30/16 at 6:13am
I don't think you'll get many hatchlings leaving them out to make their own nests. Ducks/ geese sitting out are well sitting ducks and geese. I lock
everyone up at night nothing can get in.
I have a house for my geese and houses for my ducks[ 7] all made out of scrap lumber old windows and hardware wire. Coons are a real predators of water fowl and their babies opossums will most likely go after eggs and young.