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looking for barn owl, burrowing owl, little owl chicks

Location: limavady

Desmondloughery
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Desmond cant help you on the Barny or burrowing owl but I do have an unrelated breeding pair of little owl. I also have 3 fertile Bengal owl eggs chipping this week, albeit the middle of winter but that's the nature of the Bengal. Chicks should all be hatched by weekend.Are you looking for imprints? Tadhg

Tadhg Kilcummins
Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Desmond what ever you buy make sure they are close rung and have papers ,there are too many cowboys breeding owls and not bothering with rings or paperwork this has resulted in the NPWS stopping the sale of owls on the likes of done deal and adverts etc.Buy from a responsible breeder and don't encourage the cowboys, the rings and paperwork prove parentage and genealogy

meles
Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Every breeder has a responsibility to demonstrate their attentiveness to regulations, not only those established by the NPWS, but also to a sense of self regulation with appropriate breeding programs and informative advise and vetting of potential buyers. The Barn Owl is a protected species, but exemptions to commercial activities are enacted with CITES improvisations. Yes, 'cowboy'behaviours do exist in every culture of any sales, but it is generally easy to identify those who are breeding to make money only as opposed to breeding in the hope that others will expand the great wonder and enjoyment that comes from such an individualised hobby as owls or falcons. It is very unfortunate that so many strayed from the regulatory aspect of Strigiformes breeding and ownership, but I believe that has now changed as the NPWS work closely with registered breeders, and as a state service provider the Dept. have become more accessible to the public. If people saw an individual selling a Boa Constrictor Snake from the boot of their car at a sale alarm bells would ring.Similarly, if one saw barn owls being exchanged for money at a car boot sale (which apparently has occurred)I hope common sense would prevail. The reality that escapes some people is that it is much easier to work within the parameters of regulations than to try to scheme in the shades of obscurity.

Tadhg Kilcummins
Friday, December 12th, 2014

agreed Tadhg but the cowboys are there still selling away i was in gosford this autumn and saw 3 barnies for sale ,also an unrung bengal eagle owl chick stuffed in a carboard box

meles
Saturday, December 13th, 2014

How much would you be looking for the little owl chicks

Desmondloughery
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Are there any owl breeders in Ireland?

Cork Wyandotte
Sunday, November 1st, 2020

What do people want these owl chicks for,as a matter of interest ?

nama-man
Monday, November 2nd, 2020

Pets nama man just like budgies I had a magpie once live for two weeks.

paddycrawford
Monday, November 2nd, 2020

I would love to get barn owls again but haven't found a breeder in donegal . The reason I had them was I lived in Scotland and had a licence to breed and release the young back into the wild to help the bird numbers . I would love to do the same here . So if any one knows of a breeder in donegal let me know . Cheers .

rich1
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

So Wannabee Harry Potters then Paddy is that what you,re sayin ?

I can understand where Rich1 is comin from alright,as in consevation but to just want them for pets,nah,makes no sense.

nama-man
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

Theres plenty in the wild here anyway cant see a released bird last long here.

paddycrawford
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

When we released the birds it was not done just willy nilly we were licenced and the birds have to go through a long process before they are released , so not to be dependent on humans . And back to hunting on there own , and you have said that there are plenty here , well how many have you seen flying around , all the old buildings are getting knocked down or turned into a house plus farmers don't plant as much cover crops now to allow the owls food to multiply ( mice , vowels, etc ) , but hey what would I know i only did it for 10 years .

rich1
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

If I was out prowling about at night I would regulary see them their inquisitive creatures they nearly always fly over people at night to what appears to be double check you out I wouldnt class them as rare I have seen them around here in a varied array of habitats from urban settings to moorland to well up the mountain there always seems to be a healhty population along the M7 mothor way I would think there is plenty of food available to them mainly in the form of rats their abundant.

paddycrawford
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

Hi Rich, that was great, you should get back into that here. I wouldn't mind wild ones either, I'd actually prefer wild. I bought a nest box last year but have only learned where best to put it and how to deck it out etc recently, will be erecting it soon in time for spring. I'm hoping it will naturally keep rats and mice down as I don't like poison and a pair might improve the ecosystem abit. Would that work Rich?

Cork Wyandotte
Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

It would , best way to check if they are any owls in your area is to take a walk around abandoned buildings old woods etc and look on the ground for their pellets , they regurgitate the stuff like bones and fur etc and you can tell what owls you have plus what they eat . A fully grown owl ie barn owl will not normally take on a fully grown rat as it is normally a bit heavy for it to carry , thats why they like mice , vowels etc . They will take young rats as that is what we used to feed them on when starting to learn to hunt as they can't hide as well and make more noise than a mouse. But put up boxes for them in your area , it might take a year or two but as long as there is good food and cover for them .

rich1
Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

Cool thanks Rich. Plenty of woods round here so I might get lucky. I never knew they wouldn't eat adult rats but good they eat the little ones. Might keep the rat population in check, it seems to have exploded this year. The more I learn, the more interested I become.

Cork Wyandotte
Thursday, November 5th, 2020

If you look at Google it will show the picture of a owl pellet . Once you've seen one you should be able to spot them easier. Then you can see what there main food source is . They are dried so don't be afraid to pull it apart . Different sizes and slight different shapes mean different owl species. Good luck happy hunting .

rich1
Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Oh my you can see little wrapped up skeletons, haven't seen anything like them around here but hopefully in time they'll take up residence :) thanks

Cork Wyandotte
Thursday, November 5th, 2020


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