Predators and Floating Duck Houses

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by furayk, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. furayk

    furayk New Egg

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    We have a question about predators and floating duck houses, with the main concern being owls at night. We are in the process of building a large floating duck house for 15 ducks (Pekins, Indian Runners) and it will be in the middle of a small channel of water surrounded by trees. The house will have 3 walls and a roof, with the 4th side open so they can easily get in and out. Do you think it would discourage, or perhaps encourage predators if we shined a small light on the house? Just trying to think of anything that might help. Thanks!
     
  2. Howlet

    Howlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thats a really good question acyually! id personally think it wouldnt make much difference to an owl but idk i live in a maryland :p
     
  3. CKN

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    Nite guard makes a blinking red solar light that's supposed to deter predators at night.
     
  4. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd be interested in seeing your plans / pictures of your floating houses. I have ducks, and a pond in the backyard, and have thought of putting a floating island or houses on it for the ducks to use.

    I would vote for no light on the houses. Ducks nest in the wild in darkness, and rely on silence to keep themselves hidden. I think a light would only draw predators and disturb the ducks, letting the predator know they are there.
     
  5. furayk

    furayk New Egg

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    Thank You CKN. I have now ordered one of these solar blinking red lights. Unfortunately so far the ducks are scared of the duck house, so they are still sleeping on the edge of the lake. Lost another Pekin last night to a predator. Hopefully this light will help with this problem.
     
  6. furayk

    furayk New Egg

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    Thomas, here is a picture of our duck house. As noted above, so far the ducks seem scared of it.

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  7. CKN

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    Yeah no problem! I hope it works out for you.
     
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  9. DeniseV

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    Did your ducks ever take to your floating house? I've lost 3 ducks in one week to either a fox or a raccoon :( This seems like a great idea if it worked.

    Thanks,
    Denise
     
  10. Cheers2Ya

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    I haven't actually deployed it! It sounded to me like it would be futile, so instead of working on converting the large spool right now, I started on my chicken coop (which will be done soon!). But I still want to try the floating duck house. I will finish it soon and will let you know. I have not replaced my last family of ducks that were taken from me, so I have none right now.
     

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