Nest box Plan and Information
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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.
- Not declining
- Not present
Nesting RangeSource: BNA Online
- Open Woodland
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Some Nesting Occurrence
Nesting in Most of Range
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- 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.