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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 need open fields or grassy slopes in which to hunt for prey. 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 far 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. The latest design by Humane Wildlife Control Inc. leading experts in barn owl boxes, can be found here HERE.
At the very least, nest boxes should be 30" or more in depth / width and at least 24" tall. The entry must be at least 5.5" but no greater than 6.5".
It's critical that the entry hole be placed at least 17" from the floor and best if it is also 2" - 2.75" from the top. Too low, and babies will fall out prematurely and be injured or killed. It's imperative the owlets stay 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 22" wide by 36" long and 24" high, HWC's barn owl nest boxes are spacious, providing plenty of room for a large owl family. We use their design in producing our owl boxes. They can be painted, sealed, or raw.
Barn Owl Nest Box $285.00 plus tax
Add paint or stain $40.00
Local Delivery $40.00
Pole Installation starts at $600.00 (with 4' - 5' hole prepared ahead of time for us)
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.
We recommend the Axis Network Cameras.
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.