Mallards are the most common and widespread ducks in the UK. If you live near water, you may enjoy their antics and noisy chatter. If you have young children, they find them particularly entertaining and fun.
In October and November they pair up and start to nest in March, with eggs laid between March and the end of July. The female generally makes her nest near water, well covered in vegetation or in a natural hole in a tree and lines it with down plucked from her breast.
Mallards have also been known to nest in boathouses, wood piles, flowerpots and hay stacks to name but a few!
The normal clutch of eggs is around a dozen, laid at one to two day intervals – more than half the body weight of the female. The gestation is about 28 days with the ducklings fledging between 50 and 60 days.
This Kingslake Duck Box has traditionally been used for ornamental duck collections but also works well for wild mallards. Accessible via an entrance and ‘porch’, it has been sub-divided inside with a spacious nesting area. The box is mounted on bearers so it sits clear of the ground and there is a good overhang around the roof, making it very weatherproof.
The roof is hinged so it can be lifted to provide full access to the interior, for easy cleaning. This should only be done when the box has been vacated.
This Duck box is made from precision cut external grade birch plywood, then treated with a non-toxic preservative for longevity. It provides the female and her ducklings with a safe, warm and dry start in life.