That is what we are hoping at least 🙂 We are talking about barn owls and nesting boxes. We used to have a very healthy population of barn owls here and then we tore down 3 of the 4 barns. Our place used to be a chicken farm – many, many years ago. When we bought the property, there was 1 acre under barns. Each barn was 52′ x 320′. Unfortunately, three of the barns were in very bad shape. Lucky for us we saw what it could be and got quite the deal. After going over the many ways of taking the barns down, we finally hired a demo company and they dismantled and hauled everything away. They did a fabulous job! We didn’t realize one of these barns was the one that the barn owls were nesting in. We still see them flying around, but they don’t nest in our barn anymore. We discovered that there aren’t any covies for them to nest in like there was in the other barn. I don’t necessarily miss them flying out of the barn at me first thing in the morning, but it was fun seeing the babies and they are beautiful birds. This year we have discovered that the swallow population in our barn is out of control and the mice seem to be taking over!!! So, I found some plans for barn owl nesting boxes and my husband is going to get busy building them. I went searching for ways to attract barn owls and no kidding it says – “Build it and they will come!” I will keep you updated and hopefully we hearing the screeching again soon.
I would love to have barn owls around. How very fortunate yo are to have the property you do and the potential for so much more. Keep us posted on the barn owl story, and maybe some pictures !
I hope it works out for you! I look forward to hearing how it does… Maybe we’ll have to try it out sometime. Our barn upstairs is all sealed though, but maybe they’ll nest outside??
Yes, they will nest outside. You can put up nest boxes on the outside/inside of barns, in trees, on top of tall posts, etc. We are going to put 2 in the barn and 1 on top of a telephone pole that we left in the ground from one of the barns.
I hope they do come. They are such unusual but pretty birds. I know they would help keep your mice population down. We have some that I sometime see crossing over the freeway at night, don’t know where they are headed but I enjoy seeing them briefly. There is a much smaller version of an owl looking bird called an Owl finch. They have the same black barring at the neck area. I always wanted a mating pair of them.
Barn owls are so beautiful. One of my favorite birds 🙂
I have seen them flying across the road in our valley on my way to work in the morning. I need to get some next boxes up! Keep us posted…