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New Barn Owl Nest Box

Posted 11 Nov 2016

Our unique design offers optional fixings both on the front and back panels essentially allowing this weather resistant owl box to be adaptable for use inside or outside.

Internal Barn Owl Box use

When used inside, this Barn Owl nesting box can be fitted into a loft space or wall mounted position where the owl / kestrel entrance hole faces out into the open area space for a direct and easy flight path. Alternatively, as with a lot of old barns and buildings, the bird of prey gains entrance through a crevice or small opening in the outside wall to nest inside the building. For this purpose our universal fixing allows the owl nesting box to be fitted on the inside of the external wall but with the entrance hole facing into the crevice or opening, thus providing a safe nesting space for the owl or kestrel

External Barn Owl Box use

This nesting box for owls and kestrels can also be used externally, it is manufactured from a durable marine ply but you can optionally coat it with a water based preservative for added longevity.
The owl box has a hinged inspection hatch at one end and a roof that will slide partially or fully off along the routed guides. The roof of this bird of prey nesting box also slopes down to one side by 5 mm which offers a natural run for rain water, the roof also has a 10 mm overhang each end.
The entrance to the owl nest box has a short internal corridor to the nesting chamber to further protect and provide a safe and sheltered accommodation. The large nesting chamber floor has x 6 drain holes.
Once in position the floor of the owl nest box should be lined with about 2" (5 cm) of small wood chippings or similar.

This Universal Bird of Prey nesting box is also available from us with a camera system installed.

Owl Facts

In the UK owl boxes now account for three-quarters of the nest sites used by Barn Owls with ‘A’ Frame type owl nesting boxes being used by over 1500 pairs, one of which produced nine young in 2002, the highest fledging success recorded in the UK

Barn owls require rough grassland with good populations of rodents especially voles. Field edges, the edges of watercourses and grass strips alongside woods provide ideal hunting habitat.

Once a Barn Owl has chosen its first nest site it is likely to use it again year after year, generation after generation. Clutch size and breeding success depends on the availability of main prey species, so there may be considerable year-to-year variation in breeding performance. Four to seven white eggs are laid at intervals of two to three days. Incubation lasts 30-31 days but the female begins with the first egg. Thus, young hatch at two to three-day intervals and are at different stages: the youngest may die if food is short. The young birds fly at 50-55 days.Two broods may be reared. About 75% of young die in the first year: survivors normally live for another one to three years. The greatest known age in Europe is over 21 years; there are several records of 12-17 years.

Take a look at the different Owl boxes we have available to you by visiting our Bird of Prey Nest Boxes page

by Simon Byland