Building a goose box/house nesting thing


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By Feet down - 3/11/2008 3:13:32 PM
I haven't been on this forum in a 6 months and they have really changed thinkg up on me, ok back to my question.  I want to put some goose nesting box/house things on my pond but dont want to buy any, does anyone know of a good way to build these that will last a while that I can build.  I would like to build it out of wood if possible I dont want to buy any plastic tubs over the internet I would like to get all of my supplies at a local hardware store.  All the help would be great sence this is creating more birds to shot in later years.
By Dabblersndivers - 3/11/2008 5:05:38 PM
See this link:

http://www.nwrc.usgs.gov/wdb/pub/wmh/13_2_12.pdf

By Widgeondog - 3/12/2008 1:59:51 PM
It might not be pretty, but I have seen geese use discarded tires for nest boxes. The geese must not be that picky. They just made a home out of some tires that washed down stream during floods. I have seen them do the same thing in dumps, lumber yards, junk yards; all the places where people leave tires.

Since we are picky; at least my wife is. Tires can be spray painted camo to match surrounding grass. Drill some holes on the "ground" side to let out excess moisture and loose fill with straw/ reed grass. Just select the ones that have a wheel diameter close to that of the premade boxes. I helped a local farmer "plant" 10 of these on his property near a slough two years ago. He was upset about disturbing nests during his land mangement. We marked them with some ATV flags. We had 5 tires used the first year, 8 the second.

By Swamper - 3/13/2008 6:42:55 PM
i know you said you didn't want to buy plastic over the internet..................

but you did say you wanted to be successful in nesting.

100_2732.jpg picture by estalks

they work great!!!

swamper

By Widgeondog - 3/13/2008 9:38:16 PM
Swamper,

That's a nice box. But for people on a shoe string....

http://www.innovationalberta.com/article.php?articleid=844

http://www.chelanpud.org/Waterfowl.html

http://www.greatnorthern.net/~dye/ross_geese.htm

The geese really are not that picky. An elevated structure is definatly a plus to keep predators out but not required. Just type "goose nesting tire" into your search engine there's tons of different ways of doing this. Afew are very close to free.

By Swamper - 3/17/2008 10:30:43 AM
no doubt there are many ways to get geese to nest. those were good articles. thanks for posting.

swamper

By Lance Johnson - 3/17/2008 7:44:13 PM
What all states do geese nest in?? may be a stupid question but curious?
By Sean O''Connell - 3/18/2008 8:56:57 AM
Well most states have a resident population that nests that stays in that state year round. Migrators nest mainly in the nothern plains states and Canada
By Lance Johnson - 3/18/2008 8:50:44 PM
It looks to me that you could get these 35 or 50 gallan barrels and make nest, the plastic ones.... You get can teh 35 gallon one at about every car wash around here.

Cut them in half and you have 2 nest!  Make sure you make good drain holes!!!

 

My question is this, do you have to do something to attract them to this nest or will the naturally find it?

By Sean O''Connell - 3/19/2008 9:09:56 AM
Same way you attract em to your killing hole during hunting season . . . food, water, safety, cover
By c_matt92 - 4/9/2008 10:30:54 AM
For a cheap one, the tire mounted on a piece of OSB and then put on a pole works great. Only thing that I would do to modify it is cut a hole for the gosling's to be able to crawl out of a little easier.
By tsmart - 4/9/2008 1:25:19 PM
Sean O''Connell 3/19/2008
Same way you attract em to your killing hole during hunting season . . . food, water, safety, cover

And if it's AFTER duck season is closed.... corn helps as well.

T.

By forgeese - 7/28/2008 3:38:14 PM
THEY NEST IN VACANT OSPREY PLATFORMS IN A LAKE CLOSE TO ME......3' X 3' WOOD FRAME MADE FROM 2 BYS, WITH A WIRE MESH FLOOR....AND GET THIS....30' ABOVE THE WATER....THE YOUNG ONES FLY/FLOP/SPLASH WHEN THE LEAVE THE NEST....IT'S A SIGHT