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need duck nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ducks and geese, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. ducks and geese

    ducks and geese Out Of The Brooder

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    I would like to know what you use for duck nesting boxes. please send pics i need to know what some people use because my ducks have started laying.





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  2. cosbackyard

    cosbackyard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My experience has been that ducks don't necessarily need nesting boxes. I've had some make a nest right in the middle of the coop.
    That said, when I built the coop I put in a 12x12x12" nesting box off the side and they do use it. I'm sure others will have pics - mine is just a basic chicken nesting box.
     
  3. AddictedToQuack

    AddictedToQuack Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm very new to laying ducks so take this with a grain of salt. I used an open top wood box that the ducks did use however all of the ducks would visit the box and the eggs would get covered in poop. I have recently switched to a 5 gallon bucket on its side with a piece of wood screwed into the bottom rim of the bucket to hold in shavings. My two laying ducks (a welsh harlequin and a black cayuga) both used it this morning. The eggs were clean. I hope they keep using it. I figured after several days of them not using the bucket that they were too big to fit in it. They proved me wrong. I've heard that milk crates can be used as well on their side. Just fasten a lip to the bottom to hold in shavings.

    From what I have read on here many folks do not bother with nesting boxes as their ducks didn't use them. They would just lay the egg where they were at that time (kind of like my quail). I like the idea of the nesting box. I used golf balls in both boxes to convince the ducks to lay there. I had them in the old nest box a few weeks in advance of when I thought they were going to start laying.

    Good luck.

    Chris.
     
  4. ducks and geese

    ducks and geese Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks I might use the milk crates because we have a lot of them from the local dairy
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    My ducks and chickens like the one I made for my goose.
    [​IMG]Just scrap plywood.
     
  6. ducks and geese

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    Ok
     
  7. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    I leaned a piece of plywood up against the wall of the coop.
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    They really don't need much just a lil privacy. Good idea A. any snow yet up your way?
     
  9. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Nope....no snow yet :D Pretty cold and rainy though.

    The Muscovy flock don't care at all though.
     
  10. ducks and geese

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    Thanks for the replies I'd love some pics
     

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