A BIG Nest Box for Barn Owls with an exercise platform for little ones!
Designed to protect young owlets learning to fly!
Modeled after the design of owl expert Steve Simmons, this box meets the specific needs of the Barn Owl.
This Extra Large Barn Owl Box with Recycled Poly Lumber Roof and Exercise Platform has an entrance hole that is elliptical in shape to provide protection from predators including raccoons and Great Horned Owls. The entrance hole is placed in consideration of young owlets to prevent them from being pushed out of the box by others behind them especially as they all seek to be fed first. Special "grip" grooves underneath the entrance hole also help the adult owl gain access to the box.
Under the entrance hole is an added exercise platform where owlets that are learning to fly can land on the perch instead of falling out of the box, and adult barn owls can guide owlets back in if they are not ready. This platform extends 7 inches out from the nesting box and wraps around all sides of the box. This exercise platform does not come attached. It will require some assembly.
A door on the end of the box allows for easy access to the interior - making clean out a simple and quick task. This also provides easy access to mount a wildlife camera in the box, so you can enjoy viewing your own young owlets during their growth process.
Our previous nesting box design has proven very successful in attracting and providing homes to thousands of owls. Ranchers, farmers, and vineyards have found these useful for their own natural pest control. This new, larger model sports larger overall dimensions to better accommodate larger broods. We recommend having a partner when it comes to handling this box as it weighs close to 65 lbs.
Nesting Material: Although Barn Owls can and will find their own nesting material, a bag of pine shavings is included with your Barn Owl Nesting Box. Scattering some on the floor of the box when mounting will make the box more appealing to the owl. If you need to replace the nesting material, pine shavings are the safest option.
Note: Cedar should not be used as the dust and fumes have been known to irritate young owls.
This box is treated with linseed oil and mineral spirits to help preserve the wood.
We are recommending for this barn owl box to be mounted on a 6" x 6" post that is 16' high. This post will need to be in the ground 4' secured with concrete to ensure the integrity of the post due to the weight of the box. A base plate will come included for attaching the barn owl box to the 6" x 6" post and will require some assembly. Mounting post and concrete will need to be purchased separately.
This nesting box comes with 4 platform pieces, a base plate, square drill bit, eight 3" screws to mount the 6" x 6" post to the base plate, sixteen 5/8" screws to secure the exercise platform to the box, and six 1" screws that mount the base platform to the body of the box, and pine shavings.
Where Should I Put My Box? Barn owls generally prefer open fields and meadows with a plentiful supply of small animals. The owl generally eats voles, deer mice, house mice, field mice, gophers and small bird, so the box should be placed where there will be a steady diet of these. One should also make sure that the box is mounted at least 1 mile or more away from areas treated with pesticides to keep the Barn Owls safe. For example, on farms with cropland bordered by trees, small animals will be in the area between the tree line and the crop line. Placing boxes in this area will attract the owls hunting there.
For example, on farms with cropland bordered by trees, small animals will be in the area between the tree line and the crop line. Placing boxes in this area will attract the owls hunting there.
* Extra Large Barn Owl Nest Box
* Made in the USA
* Nest box ships fully assembled, Platform deck assembly required.
* Ready to Hang
* Includes mounting hardware
* The entrance hole is elliptical with special grip grooves below to aid in owl entry
* Includes 1 bag of pine shavings
* Natural Pest Control
* Easy to Mount
The Barn Owl
is a year-round resident throughout much of the United States. Barn Owls prefer open to semi-open habitats such as prairie, farmland, savannah, marshland, and desert, but prefer the vicinity of farms and towns. The owl generally eats voles, deer mice, house mice, field mice, gophers, and small birds, so the box should be placed where there will be a steady diet of these. One should also make sure that the box is mounted at least 1 mile or more away from areas treated with pesticides to keep the Barn Owls safe. The Barn Owl will breed in all months except January in North America.
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The Barn Owl's house should be placed high in a tree or inside a barn or shed. These highly valued, rodent-eaters like open farmland, but may also live in a suburban area.
Overall Dimensions with Exercise Platform: 31" H x 33" D x 34.25" W
Box Dimensions: 31" H x 22.5" D x 22.5" W (including roof overhang)
Entrance Hole Diameter: 5.5 W X 4.5" H
Hole Height Above Floor: 24"
Weight: 72 lbs.
Construction: Exterior Grade Plywood and Recycled Poly Lumber
Note: Ships dimensional oversized. Each nest box ships separately. Additional freight charges will apply depending on order quantity and destination zone.
Watch owls nesting!
Mount our Hawk Eye Nature High Definition Video Camera inside your owl house - connect the nature cam to your television or computer and see what that Barn Owl does during those long weeks as she sits on her eggs. Listen too. The Hawk Eye’s sensitive microphone brings all the sounds of nature right into your television. CLICK HERE to learn more!
See the Hawk Eye in Action!!
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Save $$ on the Hawk Eye Nature Camera High Definition when purchased with this nestbox! (available at checkout).
Note: Camera shipped separately. Additional shipping charges will apply.