Things to Keep In Mind When Installing a Barn Owl Nest Box
There are a few important things to keep in mind when having a barn owl nest box installed in your yard. These are things that have taken me years to fully grasp, and now that I understand them, I’m passing the knowledge on to my clients. Barn owls are tricky creatures — if you don’t set up your barn owl nest box just right, your chances for success in attracting them to your yard will be diminished.
Placement is Key
The number one reason barn owl nest boxes aren’t successful? Poor placement. Everything is a potentially critical detail when it comes to placing your barn owl nest box in a place where it is likely to succeed, from which direction the door is facing to the height of the box. Owls are picky when it comes to their homes, and if your nest box’s door is in plain view of humans coming and going, they might get startled and refuse to nest there. My years of experience has led me to understand precisely what works and what doesn’t.
Barn Owl Nest Boxes Work Best in Pairs
Did you know that female barn owls don’t often share the same nests with their mates? Few people do.
This fact is critical when it comes to deciding how many barn owl nest boxes to get. I usually recommend that you start with two. That way, they can live in separate nests, as the female’s large size precludes them from living in the same box, and then they can mate effectively. Once the chicks are born and grown, I recommend expanding the number of nests so the male has a place to hide from diurnal predartors like hawks and crows. Then you have a steady army of vermin-hunting owls on your property.
Once they’re born, the young will make some noise when they fledge just before dispersal. Then the nests are all quiet again for the rest of the year.
Keep these tips in mind when you have your nest boxes installed. Let me know if you’d like my help choosing a pair of barn owl nest boxes. I’d love to lend my expertise to you.
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