Barn owls for rodent control
Barn owls are superior hunters, preying on small nocturnal mammals including mice, rats, voles, and gophers.
Install a nest box to encourage barn owls to your property for natural rodent control!
The right habitat for barn owls
Barn owls are not woodland birds - they forage in open fields or grassy slopes. To successfully attract barn owls, this type of habitat should be nearby.
In the right environment, barn owls take readily to nest boxes, but, beware, there are a number of poor nest box designs on the market.
Don't buy bad boxes
The majority of barn owl nest boxes available online are too small and poorly designed. If you're going to the effort to build or buy and install an owl box, make sure it's a good one. Find out more about the dangers of badly designed boxes, HERE.
Here's what to look for - what you want:
- Minimum floor size 30” X 24”
Barn owl babies need room to stretch and exercise their wings!
- Entry hole size 5 1/2" - 6"
Too small and the adults will have a difficult time entering the box. Too large and other animals will be able to enter easily.
- Distance of entry hole to floor, minimum 17" with the hole 2 3/4" from the top.
This is critical! Too low, and babies will fall out prematurely and be injured or killed. They must be kept safe inside their home until they have lost their squab-like weight and are ready to fly.
Buy or build a barn owl nest box
At about 22" by 36", and 24" high, our barn owl nest boxes are spacious, providing plenty of room for a large owl family. Contact us for instructions to build your own or order one to be delivered and installed.
Barn Owl Nest Box $285.00
Local Delivery $40.00
Pole Installation start at $500.00 (with post hole prepared)
Tree or Building Installation: Quoted
Watch and share your owl family
Keep an eye on what's going on inside your owl box through an infrared security camera.
Check out the live streaming nest at the Haute Enchilada in Moss Landing, HERE.
Want your very own channel to stream through - contact us for details. Great for schools and businesses!
If you're going to attract owls to your property for rodent control, be sure to stop using poison, or switch to a safe alternative.
Research suggests up to 91% of wild barn owls have been exposed to anticoagulants from consuming rodents that have eaten poison. The only wildlife-safe rodenticide in the United States is RatX, available at Home Depot, Lowe's, and Ace Hardware store.