Study

Five-gallon plastic bucket: an inexpensive wood duck nesting structure

  • Published source details Griffith M.A. & Fendley T.T. (1981) Five-gallon plastic bucket: an inexpensive wood duck nesting structure. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 45, 281-284

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Action Category

Provide artificial nesting sites for wildfowl

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Bird Conservation
  1. Provide artificial nesting sites for wildfowl

    A replicated study in 1978 in a forested marshland site in South Carolina, USA (Griffith & Fendley 1981), found that wood ducks Aix sponsa used 89% of 55 nest boxes erected between 1974 and 1978. Five-gallon plastic buckets were used slightly more often than wooden nest boxes and ‘fiber cylinders’ (95% of 20 buckets used, compared with 86% of 35 boxes and cylinders). Hatching rates did not vary between nest types, with 28% of the 847 eggs laid being predated or deserted and 79% of the remaining 608 eggs hatching. Bucket nests were five-gallon buckets with a 7.6 cm diameter entrance hole and a secured lid. All nests were placed at a variety of heights and in a variety of vegetation types.

     

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