Can I Take My Barn Owl Box With Me If I Move?
Before investing in a quality barn owl nesting box from Barn Owl Boxes, it is important for you to consider all possibilities. What if your job takes you to another part of the country in the next few years? Can you move your barn owl box to another location?
The great thing about barn owls is that they are present almost everywhere, so a move to another location does not mean you will lose the ability to enjoy barn owl nesting wherever you go. While barn owls live primarily in temperate climates, they live in both colder and warmer areas as well. In fact, barn owls are found on every continent including on islands. Barn owls tend to avoid deserts, mountainous areas and tropical rain forests.
Can I Remove A Barn Owl Box?
The problem with moving your barn owl box is not whether you can find new barn owls but whether you may disturb a nesting family. You should never move a barn owl box if the family is in residence as you could destroy the nest as well as any eggs or young that may be present.
Further, state law may prohibit interfering with a nesting barn owl family. You could find yourself in trouble with local game and wildlife authorities if you disturb a barn owl nesting box.
However, there are times that the barn owls may be absent, and during these times it is okay to move the box. How can you tell? There are a few signs that may help you know when a barn owl family has “moved out,” although you should always seek professional help if you are unsure about your barn owls’ situation.
- Timing. Most barn owls in this area begin nesting after Thanksgiving, although this is not a hard or fast rule. Between Halloween and Thanksgiving may be the most likely time to have an empty nest.
- Cameras. If you have a camera installed in your barn owl box, you can watch carefully for several days. If there is no activity for three days or more, you can probably remove the barn owl box safely.
- “Droppings.” You may be used to seeing pellets below the barn owl box. These are little balls of fur, bones and other indigestible parts regurgitated by the owls. These pellets will be absent when the barn owls are gone.
If you need help determining the best time to remove a barn owl box, contact Barn Owl Boxes today!
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