Having a successful nest in your wood duck house may take some work, but it will
provide you with an educational and enjoyable experience!
Like other duck species, wood ducks require direct access to open water (within
one-half mile). Therefore, your wood duck house should be placed on the shoreline
of a slower, nonflowing body of water.
When installing the house, place it on a pole no less than 3 feet — but no
more than 20 feet — above the ordinary high-water mark.
Wood Ducks' Competitors
Depending on the location of your wood duck house, you may need to install
squirrel or raccoon protection. Starlings may also be attracted to the house as a
Your wood duck house should be clean and ready for the birds by March 1 of each
year and should be checked every 7 to 10 days from late March until mid-July. If the
house becomes a nesting spot for starlings, the nesting materials and eggs should
be removed immediately.
Use our blueprint to build
your own wood duck nest box.