Barn Owl Boxes – Anyone built one and attracted an Owl?
has anyone had success in attracting and Owl
I built an 16ft x 12ft shed in horrible december weather once. I built it as fast as I could because all the crap that was supposed to be in the shed was in my house instead – so I was motivated. Ran out of wood when I was cladding it so had to leave a small gap above the door. But it was water tight enough so chucked everything in there and forgot about til the summer.
The first time I saw a real live barn owl was the next time I opened the door when it came screaming out and almost him me in the face. Everything inside was covered in owl shit 🙂Posted 1 year ago
I’m thinking of building one as a Birthday present for a friend.
The Barn Owl Trust has plans for an indoor and outdoor box. Before I commit to either, has anyone had success in attracting and Owl after building a box. There are Owls around here, it would be nice to create a box from where we could view their comings and goings.Posted 1 year ago
Perfect timing Mr Moont – we’re just thinking of adding one to a stable block next to a chunk of woodland. We stuck a tawny owl box up in the woods last year and monitored it with a wildlife cam, had one chick reared successfully this spring and a tree creeper nest in the gap between the owl box and the oak its on.Posted 1 year agogavinpearceMember
We have just put two into a barm conversion. It’s not yet finished so owls won’t turn up but they are still around. There are some key aspects to location such as height and clear flight path to the box. I think the barn owl trust has all that info but if not I’m sure a local ecologist would give you some advice.Posted 1 year agonick1962Member
We have a hooter living somewhere close to us. Drives me up the wall some nights with its twit twooing.
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We have a twit twoo right outside our house most nights, which was nice at first but iritates eventually but there’s a screaming angry cat one that drives us potty too.Should have guessed when we moved here as the adjacent road is called Owler’s Walk.When the owls stop I get a couple of hours sleep then the cockadoodle doos start the its the cawing hooded crows…. 👿timberMember
We have an indoor box in the barn we use as the timber store. Was initially occupied, but left around about when we had to move it to create a bat roost as mitigation for consolidating and re-roofing the listed grain drier that was about to collapse in. Owl now seems to be resident in the grain drier building, bats are back in the basement. Owl box now occupied by crows that use the timber store as flight nursery.Posted 1 year agoscudMember
We have a few barn owls where i live in West Norfolk, when i ride into work about 6am, one will follow my path, but always breaks off at the same field boundary.
My wife’s aunt and uncle own a big farm here and rescue owls, i remember going into there big farm house kitchen once and feeling eyes on the back of my head, and they had a barn owl with a broken wing in a peg bag hanging near the Aga to keep warm, happy as larry and just watching people as they came in and outPosted 1 year ago
I only had an hour or so this afternoon. I’ve clad the roof and sides in reclaimed zinc and corrugated tin.
I need to make some sort of bracket to fix it to a tree, seal it all up and paint it.
I have some bitumous paint, once it has dried its pretty odourless. Do you think it would freak an Owl?
Posted 1 year ago
We used sadolin on the tawny box, outside only of course, and that didn’t seem to bother them. Remember to stick some old leaves and twigs inside, they don’t want it too fresh. )(awaits moonters picture of an artisan mini log pile artfully arranged inside the owl box)Posted 1 year agopacef8Member
All very good but without a roost pirch to land on they are likely to go elswhere.
The floor inside needs to be a foot down inside to avoid the young fledging too early .
They all need to be mounted easterly facing away from setting sun and a clear view to view would be a good idea as you dont want any squirrels getting in as well.
A volunteer at a barn owl trustPosted 1 year ago
I gave it a coat of paint and hauled it high into a Beech tree. I’ve cleared away any branches that may impede their flight path. It’s south east facing and it overlooks a wild garden, some grassland and some woods. I’d like to be able to see them come and go from the studio.
Posted 1 year agocooliganMember
A friend who is a professional wildlife photographer is building me an owl box – he has quite a bit of experience nesting barn owls but I’m aiming for tawneys. I can put you in touch if you want to pick his brains…
The biggest problem I’m going to have is dissuading jackdaws from using the box, so if anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears!
I’ve just finished building a nesting habitat for kingfishers, so I’m nervously awaiting next March to find out if they’re going to use it…Posted 1 year ago
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