Barred Owl House
Note: most of these are sold locally and are picked up by appointment. However, we now can ship these flat packed (unassembled) to the lower 48 states!
Our wildlife houses are constructed with care and an attention to details from locally sourced 1" rough-cut pine. We pre-drill and use exterior screws to create secure structures that will take a beating in the harsh New England winds. They are built with both functionality for the owner and the specific needs of the animal.
We believe our houses should be inviting to the birds and help protect them from the elements and predators. We let our houses weather with time, like the trees around them. We don't use chemically treated woods products unless requested by the customer.
We know you'll want to check in on the birds before, during, and after they have used the nest box. We make sure each box is easy to open, inspect and clean.
- Constructed with 1" rough cut pine and exterior grade screws. Most other owl houses on the market are made with 3/4" plywood. We choose a non-manmade material.
- Unfinished surface meant to naturally weather grey. The owner may paint or stain the house's exterior a natural color.
- Roughly 2' tall, 2' wide, and 2' deep
- Large entrance acts as a perch for the adults and fledglings
- Underside of the roof has a kerf cut to help rain drip off the edge rather than into the house.
- Roof overhangs beyond the entrance to reduce the likelihood of water chilling the chicks.
- Mounting holes are predrilled to allow rope/wire to pass through the house and around a tree.
- The floor is recessed 1/2" upward. As rain travels down the outside of the walls, it doesn't collect under the floor.
- The corners of the house are reinforced with vertical studs for greater strength as it swings in high winds.
- The original design for this house doesn't have a rear clean out. Since you are likely to add bedding and clean it out using a ladder and the front entrance, you wouldn't want to have to reposition the ladder to access the back. The rear door is included as a second, less used, access point.
Location and Installation Guidelines
- Place the box in a large deciduous tree in a mature forrest, near water if possible. They prefer forests that are continuous and have mature trees.
- Height: 15'-20' Warning: Hanging nest boxes can be dangerous and even fatal. Enlist the an able bodied helper and use the proper safety equipment. This is a very heavy box!
- Mounting: Hang from a large tree with one of the side walls agains the tree. This way the owner can place the ladder against the tree and either look in the entrance or the back door of the house. Use a 1/4" coated rope or heavy gage wire, passed through the box and around the tree. Opposite the house, drive in a nail or lag bolt to catch the wire/rope. Ensure the wire/rope ends are clamped together. You WILL need help. Typically a rope (and pulley) is used on a higher branch to raise the house into it's position. This will be a memorable adventure!
- Nesting materials: 2-3" of hardwood mulch, pine straw, or dry leaves from the area (not included)
- Barred owls lay eggs in January in the south and later in our region.
- Tell your neighbors not to use rodenticides and pesticides since one tainted mouse can kill a whole nest of owlets!
How do I get my order?
We'd be happy for you to visit the farm to pick up your bird house order. After you order, we'll contact you to schedule a visit.
At this time, we like the personal contact with each customer. We can answer questions about placement and installation. As well, many of these (especially orders of several houses) are too heavy to ship.
However, if you want a shipping quote or you are in CT, MA, or RI we can deliver larger orders for a fee of $40, and possibly free depending on the size of your order. Please contact us with any questions.