Nesting Facts About Barn Owls
Most people choose to install a barn owl box for three reasons. First, they want to help protect this noble and beautiful species. Second, they want free and environmentally sound rodent control around their homes. Third, they want to witness for themselves the miracle of the barn owl life cycle from birth to adulthood.
In order to see barn owls roosting or nesting, it is important that you choose the right barn owl box. Barn Owl Boxes offers several models, some of which include infrared cameras so that you can feed the images directly to your computer and your whole family can enjoy watching the barn owls in action!
What Is The Life Cycle of the Barn Owl?
Barn owls live in every continent except Antarctica and in both urban and rural environments. They are one of nature’s most adaptable creatures and, despite a serious threat to their numbers from human encroachment, they have managed to hang on much better than some other species.
Part of this is due to the barn owl’s life cycle and living habits. A barn owl begins life, of course, as an egg in a nest, but not just any nest! Barn owls can roost in the eaves of barns, in old churches or on the high ledges of buildings. However, they do best and are safest from predators in a well-chosen barn owl box that provides warmth and shelter from the elements.
The mother barn owl will lay five to ten eggs in a clutch. This will occur over a period of several days. In warm weather, she may lay two clutches per year. Of course, not all the owlets will survive, but the large numbers of eggs help to ensure that at least some of the babies will become adults.
Once the babies have hatched, they will stay in the nest for 32 to 48 days before venturing out on their own. Their first year, they will choose a mate for life and build their own nest—perhaps in another barn owl box put up by someone in your neighborhood!
Barn owl boxes must be positioned correctly in order to attract roosting owls and they must be spaced far enough apart to allow owls plenty of room to hunt without competition.
For the best in quality and service, contact Barn Owl Boxes today. We will help you choose and correctly install a barn owl box that will meet your requirements and allow you and your family to witness the thrilling saga of “Barn Owl Life!”
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