When Should I'm Put Up My Owl Box? [5 REPLIES FOUND]

To allow for nest debris removal, the access panel on the front should be provided. It is vital that nestling Barn Owls are not killed by nest debris. If Jackdaws use the box it must be cleaned out every year (wear gloves and a dust mask) 😎 Boxes used only by breeding Barn Owls will need clearing out every 2 or 3 years 🤓 Remember that under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it is an offence to disturb breeding Barn Owls so nestboxes should only be cleaned out between November and January – and preferably in dry, calm weather, so that any roosting owl doesn’t get flushed out into the rain or wind. [1]
Since I started my nest box business, I’m have putting put up more than 200 boxes. Some designs are better than others. The factors that attract a tawny Owl to a nest box depend on two things: whether there are natural nesting sites available in the area, and whether they have access to habitat or prey. You can even find them in parks and large gardens in cities. They are quite common. Need to be sited in a coppice or wood in a deciduous tree. A common mistake is to place owl boxes in a way that allows for a great view of the nestbox and the owl, rather than thinking about the needs of the owl. An owl doesn’t want to be looked at. For breeding success, tawny and squawny birds need to be safe. Barn owls are more likely to disturb their nest sites than tawny owls. You should face the nest to the south, as they are more susceptible to wind gusts. For fledgling chicks, it should be no more than three meters above the ground. Ideally they also need to out of full sun, although most of the year this isn’t too much of a worry since tawny chicks have often fledged before the weather gets too warm. To avoid heavy rain, the box should be protected. Last edited by Marymargaret Galardo, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) 11 days ago [2]
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The indoor box must be securely attached to beams. You should position it as high above ground as possible, not less than 10 feet (3m), but below the roof apex in unventilated farm buildings. It can be very hot during summer. It is best to have the front opening of the box directly facing the owl’s point of access to the building. Barn Owl boxes that are large enough can also be placed under the roofs of distant buildings. These are less likely to fail if the box provides privacy, shelter, protection from the rain and is easily accessible. Last revised by Kennan Gregg, Kagoshima (Japan) 31 days ago [3]
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Brittany Redding These additional insights will be helpful. The nest is not the only place Barn Owls hunt. Nest boxes may be strategically placed so that they are not in close proximity to heavily rodent-infested areas. However, owls will hunt near areas with high rodent populations if they are placed on perches. It is sufficient to place the boxes at least 100 yards apart. It should give enough coverage to allow the male some territorial behaviourr. The barn owls can also use water sources to their advantage. They will find ponds and streams that have pools useful. Boxes may be located near tree lines – 100 yards – to provide a nearby perch for young as they venture out of the nest. However, the box should not be too close to dense woods which, in Northern California, are the habitat of the Great Horned Owl and the Red-Tailed Hawk, the Barn Owl’s primary predators. Post boxes can be installed around trees that are growing in your vineyards. Marvelous Ivey, Zunyi China (last updated 8 days back) [4]
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