Wood ducks are a breed commonly kept in aviaries. They form monogamous pairs, mating with the same mate for their life. The females make a nest in the spring consisting of 8-12 creamy, off-white eggs and they usually hatch in 28-30 days. The young can climb very well. They climb right up out of the nesting box and jump to the ground; the fall kick starts their metabolism and urge to eat. When brooded artificially, some find it difficult to get ducklings to eat. You can fix this by giving them live meal worms, putting domestic ducklings in with them, and smearing wet food on the walls of the brooder. Once started, wood ducks become a very hardy breed. They feather out and fly by 7 weeks. They can be kept in a mixed collection without fear of crossbreeding. They like to swim and really like to have a small pond or pool in their aviary. Wood Ducks are a great breed to own!