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Poly "Nesting Baskets" For Ducks, Geese
If you enjoy seeing ducks and geese on your land, you'll be interested in these new pole-mounted "nesting baskets" that mount above the water to protect duck and geese eggs from predators.
  Dave Silewski, Dakota Nesting Structures, Valley City, N. Dak., offers several different models. His goose baskets are 30 in. in diameter, have 8-in. sidewalls, and weigh about 16 lbs. apiece. The basket mounts on top of a 2-in. dia. steel pipe and is elevated 3 to 8 ft. above the water. Silewski recommends filling the basket with flax straw or some other thin-stemmed straw that's resistant to mold. Hatchlings are able to bail out through a 6-in. hole in the side, and water can escape through small drain holes at the bottom.
  Another popular model is the "Duck Den", which looks somewhat like a mailbox. It measures 2 ft. long and 12 in. in dia. and weighs about 15 lbs. It's covered with flax straw that's held in place by metal webbing.
  "As far as I know we're the only ones to make waterfowl nests from poly," says Silewski. "Poly is easy to maintain, can't rot, and can be used year after year."
  The goose basket sells for $64.95 plus $14.95 S&H. The Duck Den sells for $59.95 plus $14.95 S&H. The Hen House sells for $44.95 plus $14.95 S&H.
  For a free catalog, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dakota Nesting Structures, Box 11, 3471 Woodland Park, Valley City, N. Dak. 58072 (ph 701 845-5457; E-mail: dnesting@yahoo.com).

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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #4