Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Apr 01, 2014
Owls have always been associated with wisdom and wisdom is essential when considering a Barn Owl as a pet.
Barn Owls require a lot of care and attention. They are nocturnal and so any time spent with them will largely be at twilight and they will make quite a bit of noise during the evening / night (not recommended if you have close neighbors).
They require large purpose built aviary, workplace and specialist equipment. They eat and have to be fed dead chicks or mice. They will require specialist veterinary attention.
All of which requires a lot of money!
The aviary needs to be cleaned thoroughly each day to remove pellets and clean the prolific amount of droppings and discarded food debris. To do this we have a jet cleaner and a stiff brush, but remember this takes a lot of time and is not a pleasant job.
Barn Owls have a relatively short life expectancy, in the wild, most die in their first year of life. In captivity this is increased to around 10 years. So if you do get a Barn Owl you must remember that this is a long-term commitment.