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Old 13-01-2017, 12:49 PM
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Hi newbie here
Could anyone tell me if buying a 3-4 week old barn owl
Would imprint to my family ok or should I be getting it at a younger age
Many thanks
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Old 13-01-2017, 03:56 PM
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Hi can I just ask why you think you want to start with a barn owl they are quite small and therfore fairly easy to get the diet/ weight management wrong what do you hope to do with the bird
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Old 13-01-2017, 04:02 PM
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Hi
We thought a small barn owl rather than a larger bird would be better for our niece who lives with us would be better to handle she has a keen interest in birds like these
Has learning difficulties and is weak in her muscles so a small light owl would be ideal for her
We would be flying it in a farmer friend field
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Old 13-01-2017, 05:45 PM
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You should be getting it at ten days old, but at the same time you need to know what your doing and how to look after it at that age or you will quite easily kill it. John
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Old 13-01-2017, 05:52 PM
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Hi Erika,

I agree with what John has just said really you need to have a bit of knowledge first, get everything ready, you will need an aviary with a trap door all the equipment which includes telemetry (tracking device) as it it fly's off you will only have this to find it or you will be sentencing it to certain death. If you buy a baby at 10 days which is the best age you will need to keep it warm with a heat lamp or brooder, this needs to be put up correct as well as it will be unable to keep warm.
And a mentor to guild you along.
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Old 13-01-2017, 06:31 PM
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Hi erka dont wish to put a damper on this one but you should really think about this a barn owl is still a bird of pray there are not pets even a barn owl has talons and can be sharp as a razor have you a dog you didnt say how old your girl was may be a puppy to call her own and train and of course out walking were as just flying a barn owl could get a bit boring you cannot cuddle a owl but a dog you can and good therapeutic hope my spelling ok regards tel
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Old 13-01-2017, 07:24 PM
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hi erka dont wish to put a damper on this one but you should really think about this a barn owl is still a bird of pray there are not pets even a barn owl has talons and can be sharp as a razor have you a dog you didnt say how old your girl was may be a puppy to call her own and train and of course out walking were as just flying a barn owl could get a bit boring you cannot cuddle a owl but a dog you can and good therapeutic hope my spelling ok regards tel
Don't you worry about the spelling. Your posts always make complete sense and I sincerely agree with this one.
Hello Erka, I'm adding a link to 'Thinking of keeping a captive Barn Owl' by The Barn Owl Trust which you might take a close look at.
Http://www.barnowltrust.org.uk/captive-barn-owls/
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Old 17-06-2017, 10:48 PM
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Hi can anyone tell me for sure does a captive barn owl have to mate to lay eggs
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Old 18-06-2017, 04:23 PM
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No, not at all. Regards Chris
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Old 18-06-2017, 04:54 PM
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Thanks chris
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