How I built a log nest box... PIC HEAVY!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Riffecreek, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. Riffecreek

    Riffecreek Chukar Junky

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    A few people has ask how I made the log nest box for my black bellies so I thought I post it in another thread because of all the pics..

    This is a pic of a somewhat finished nest.. still need to round the hole..

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    First thing I done was stand the log up.. and bore into the log at the top of where the nest would be. and make the cut straight down the log to where the bottom would be.. do this to both sides of the log trying to keep the parallel to each other...

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    Then I lay the log down and make the cuts to remove what will become the front and back...
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    stand it back up and it should look like this
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    Now I bore cut the other way on each side
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    Now do the top and bottom..

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    kick out the center piece and it should look like this [​IMG]

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    Take the two pieces cut off the side in the first two steps and cut a hole in one for the front.. Hinge the back one on for clean out and ur done!!

    I know my cuts aren't straight [​IMG] but I made this one in about 10 minutes with my wife taking pics for me.

    Thanks for looking!
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2011
  2. jason_mazzy

    jason_mazzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nice
     
  3. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    Great job. Thats a huge log. Must weigh a ton. If I get the birds I want I will have to make a couple. Thanks for posting.
     
  4. chickenlisa

    chickenlisa Invincible Summer

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    Thanks so much for posting pics! I'm on the hunt now for a tree log so we can do this on Saturday! I want to make 2 of them and my hubby can do the chain saw easily! I'll be the direction reader and hinge application person. Thanks again! I'm thinking I need one 12" in diameter at least for Mandarin nests? Does that sound ok? How big across is the one in the pics?
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  5. Riffecreek

    Riffecreek Chukar Junky

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    That log is 18+= inches at the top.. so it's close to 20 inches where the nest is. and the nest is 14 inch square in the inside after the front and back goes back on..
     
  6. chickenlisa

    chickenlisa Invincible Summer

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    wowza! ok- I'll look for a Bigggggger log! Hope someone's cutting a tree down close by! WE've got 100 yr old Sycamores that are 4' in diameter, but we're not planning on cutting them down anytime soon! [​IMG]
     
  7. DurhamDuck

    DurhamDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What a great job!
     
  8. exoticduckluvr

    exoticduckluvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fantastic Eric. i wonder if I can talk hubbie into making me a couple. He needs to cut a few big oaks that are to close to the house for fire wood for next year
     
  9. Riffecreek

    Riffecreek Chukar Junky

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    Thanks everyone for the kind words.. I always believe in trying to keep everything as natural as possible when it comes to wildlife in captivity.. I think these nests look real cool in the pen and the ducks seem to love it!! They perch on top some, and one of them has already been inside..

    I would also love to see some of the nests others make using the logs!!
     

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