Barn Owl

Nest box Plan and Information

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Barn Owl
© Nigel Pye
Construction difficulty:
complex

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Species in decline

This species is in decline in certain regions. You can put up a nest box to help if you live in the right region and habitat.

  • Declining
  • Not declining
  • Not present
Source: USGS

Nesting Range

Barn Owl Range Source: BNA Online

Nesting Habitat

  • Desert
  • Grassland
  • Marsh
  • Open Woodland

Attach Nest Box To

  • Building
  • Pole
  • Post
  • Tree

Known Nesting Period

Not Nesting
Some Nesting Occurence
Nesting in Most of Range
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
Source: BNA Online

Nest Box Placement

Nest Height:
8ft
25ft

8–25 feet

Minimum Spacing:

100 feet

Facing:

Any

Nest Box Measurements

Entrance Hole:

4 1/2" wide × 3 3/4" high

Depth:

16"

Width & Length:

12 3/8"

22 3/4"

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Helpful Tips

  • Prefers open habitats, such as agricultural fields.
  • Barn Owls are very sensitive during the early phases of nesting (April–May) and will abandon a nest if disturbed.
  • Boxes can be placed in a variety of structures, including barns, silos, granaries, grain elevators, and church steeples, or mounted on a free-standing pole.
  • When siting your Barn Owl box, keep in mind that hungry owlets can be noisy when clamoring for food. Take care not to place the box too near your home, or they might keep you awake at night.
  • Clean out the old nest materials when the owls are not nesting; December is generally a good time.
  • It is not necessary to add any materials after cleaning; the owls will create their own nesting substrate from shredded pellets. However, you can add a layer of fresh wood shavings about 3/4" deep to the box if you would like.
  • Avoid the use of rodenticides to control rodents, and allow the owls to help with pest control.