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 forest dwellers - they need open fields or grassy slopes on 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. Find out more about the dangers of badly designed boxes, HERE.
At the very least, nest boxes should be 30"+ wide and 22"+ tall - minimum, because barn owl babies need room to stretch and exercise their wings! The entry must be at least 5.5" but no greater than 6.5".
It's critical for the entry to be 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, 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 starts at $500.00 (with 5' hole prepared 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 P3225 LVE or an AXIS M2025-LE Network Camera. With either of these cameras, and good Internet connection, you can stream amazing video, live! Contact Ted at TerraFox Networks for help choosing the right camera and getting your system up and running.
Check out the live streaming nest at the Haute Enchilada in Moss Landing, HERE.
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. We believe the only wildlife-safe rodenticide in the United States is RatX, available at Home Depot, Lowe's, and Ace Hardware stores.