Can you buy owl boxes?
You can buy one premade or build your own using this free screech owl box plan and untreated pine or cedar. Place the box 10 to 15 feet up in a tree.
How much do owl boxes cost?
Several retailers offer specialized barn owl boxes, either as birdhouse kits or ready-to-use boxes. Prices range from $30 to $500 or higher depending on the size and design of the box, and many retailers offer bulk discounts for purchasing multiple boxes.
How do you attract screech owls to your box?
Tips for Attracting Owls
- Install nesting boxes to provide owls with a secure location to set up home.
- Don’t prune large branches from trees.
- Put outdoor flood lights on timers.
- Provide bird baths.
- Mow the lawn less often to give owls a more appealing hunting ground.
Where can I buy an owl box?
Grassland, fallow fields, hayfields, open marshes, savannah, and cropland/pasture are ideal habitat for barn owls. Abandoned or seldom-used barns are the best location to install a nest box. However, mounting one on a pole or tree works as well.
How high should a screech owl box be?
Eastern Screech-owl boxes should be placed 10-30 feet up in the air either in a live tree or on a pole close to a woodland edge and a natural water source. Because Eastern Screech-owls do not build their own nests, it is best to place 2-3 inches of wood shavings in the bottom of the boxes for nesting materials.
How high should a screech-owl box be?
How do I keep squirrels out of my screech-owl box?
My first attempt to prevent squirrels from taking over the box had consisted of a 14-inch-wide piece of metal flashing wrapped around the tree trunk both above and below the box. This seemed to deter those pesky intruders for the better part of a year, but the persistence of squirrels can never be doubted.
How big should my owl box be?
Overall size: The interior dimensions must allow the owls enough room to stretch and exercise their wings. Research indicates 8 cubic feet (example 30” X 19” X 24”) is a minimum requirement.
Do squirrels take over owl boxes?
Among other things, squirrels almost immediately fill their nest cavities up with leaves and overall they are terrible roommates. Squirrels also outweigh Screech Owls by a fair margin (Screech Owls are only 7-10 inches tall).