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Use softwood. Cedar is beautiful, easy to work with, is often rough-cut, or simulated so for fencing, which is good for grip, and it endures. When fresh, it has a repellent effect on some insect pests. Pine is also a good, abundant softwood.

Hardwoods are difficult to work with, heavier and more suited to fine joinery used in furniture. It’s more work and not necessary.

 

You may prefer Side Opening Doors instead of hinged roof doors, especially for the larger nest boxes.

 

Make pilot holes slightly larger in the primary work piece (first piece in which the screw is inserted) such that screws can be turned in easily without leaving room for movement.

Screws should be more snug in secondary work pieces so that screws can be tightened, but not so tight as to split the wood or to strip the hole and loosen the screw.

 

Clean and disinfect nest boxes with a 5% bleach and 95% water mix after the brooding season to prevent spread of disease and parasites. Use rubber gloves, eye protection, spray bottles, and sponges to completely saturate nest box interiors.

 

Duck Houses

Six Nest Boxes for Seven North American Duck Species
Wood Duck & Hooded Merganser Nest Box
Wood Duck & Hooded Merganser Nest Box
This nest box is also for for screech owls & American kestrels. It has a 10″ by 10″ floor, a 24″ floor to ceiling height and a 4″ wide by 3″ high entrance hole located 21″ above the floor (to top of hole).
 
Black-bellied Whistling Duck Nest Box
Black-bellied Whistling Duck Nest Box
This duck house has a 12″ by 12″ floor, a 22″ floor to ceiling and an entrance hole 6″ wide by 4″ high located 19″ above the floor (to top of hole).
Common Merganser Nest Box
Common Merganser Nest Box
The common merganser nest box has a 10″ by 10″ floor, a 33″ floor to ceiling height and a 5″ by 5″ square entrance opening with rounded corners located 30″ above the floor (to top of opening).
Barrow's Goldeneye Nest Box
Barrow’s Goldeneye Nest Box
A nest box for Barrow’s goldeneyes, American kestrels and eastern and western screech owls has an 8″ by 8″ floor, a 15″ floor to ceiling height and a 3″ diameter entrance hole located 12″ above the floor (to top of hole).
 
Bufflehead Nest Box
Bufflehead Nest Box
The bufflehead nest box has a 7″ by 7″ floor (inside dimensions), a 16″ floor to ceiling height (inside front) and a 2 7/8″ diameter round entrance opening located 14″ above the floor (to top of opening).
 
Common Goldeneye Nest Box
Common Goldeneye Nest Box
The common goldeneye nestbox has a 12″ by 12″ floor, a 22″ floor to ceiling height and a rectangular entrance hole 5″ wide by 4″ located 19″ above the floor (to top of hole).
 

Duck Houses

Six Nest Boxes for Seven North American Duck Species​

Wood Duck & Hooded Merganser Nest Box
Wood Duck & Hooded Merganser Nest Box
This nest box is also for for screech owls & American kestrels. It has a 10″ by 10″ floor, a 24″ floor to ceiling height and a 4″ wide by 3″ high entrance hole located 21″ above the floor (to top of hole).
 
Black-bellied Whistling Duck Nest Box
Black-bellied Whistling Duck Nest Box
This duck house has a 12″ by 12″ floor, a 22″ floor to ceiling and an entrance hole 6″ wide by 4″ high located 19″ above the floor (to top of hole).
Common Merganser Nest Box
Common Merganser Nest Box
The common merganser nest box has a 10″ by 10″ floor, a 33″ floor to ceiling height and a 5″ by 5″ square entrance opening with rounded corners located 30″ above the floor (to top of opening).
Barrow's Goldeneye Nest Box
Barrow’s Goldeneye Nest Box
A nest box for Barrow’s goldeneyes, American kestrels and eastern and western screech owls has an 8″ by 8″ floor, a 15″ floor to ceiling height and a 3″ diameter entrance hole located 12″ above the floor (to top of hole).
 
Bufflehead Nest Box
The bufflehead nest box has a 7″ by 7″ floor (inside dimensions), a 16″ floor to ceiling height (inside front) and a 2 7/8″ diameter round entrance opening located 14″ above the floor (to top of opening).
 
Common Goldeneye Nest Box
Common Goldeneye Nest Box
The common goldeneye nestbox has a 12″ by 12″ floor, a 22″ floor to ceiling height and a rectangular entrance hole 5″ wide by 4″ located 19″ above the floor (to top of hole).
 

Duck Houses

6 Nest Boxes, 7 Duck Species

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Wood Duck & Hooded Merganser Nest Box
Wood Duck & Hooded Merganser Nest Box
This nest box is also for for screech owls & American kestrels. It has a 10″ by 10″ floor, a 24″ floor to ceiling height and a 4″ wide by 3″ high entrance hole located 21″ above the floor (to top of hole).
 
Black-bellied Whistling Duck Nest Box
Black-bellied Whistling Duck House
This duck house has a 12″ by 12″ floor, a 22″ floor to ceiling and an entrance hole 6″ wide by 4″ high located 19″ above the floor (to top of hole).
Common Merganser Nest Box
Common Merganser Nest Box
The common merganser nest box has a 10″ by 10″ floor, a 33″ floor to ceiling height and a 5″ by 5″ square entrance opening with rounded corners located 30″ above the floor (to top of opening).
Barrow's Goldeneye Nest Box
Barrow’s Goldeneye Nest Box
A nest box for Barrow’s goldeneyes, American kestrels and eastern and western screech owls has an 8″ by 8″ floor, a 15″ floor to ceiling height and a 3″ diameter entrance hole located 12″ above the floor (to top of hole).
Bufflehead Nest Box
The bufflehead nest box has a 7″ by 7″ floor (inside dimensions), a 16″ floor to ceiling height (inside front) and a 2 7/8″ diameter round entrance opening located 14″ above the floor (to top of opening).
Common Goldeneye Nest Box
Common Goldeneye Nest Box
The common goldeneye nestbox has a 12″ by 12″ floor, a 22″ floor to ceiling height and a rectangular entrance hole 5″ wide by 4″ located 19″ above the floor (to top of hole).

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