Nesting Boxes Overview
Thank you for your interest in Hungry Owl Project nesting boxes. We sell four types of nesting boxes, box plans (if you'd like to build your own) and have options to help you with just about every aspect of owl boxes: on-site consultations, box cleaning and complete management programs for vineyards, ranches, HOAs, schools, private residences. Additionally, we are a non-profit. Your support to us, is support for owls and our shared environment.
Owls do not build their own nests. Many owls simply use the old nests of hawks, ravens, and other birds. However, there are several species of owls that nest in cavities. Cavity nesting owls are the ones that can be attracted with nesting boxes. A nesting box can provide an excellent place to nest, especially with habitat loss diminishing the amount of safe, natural nesting sites available. Considering that a single Barn Owl family can consume up to 3,000 rodents in a 4 month breeding cycle, nesting boxes can be a win-win scenario for property owners and owls alike.
The most common owls that people build boxes for are Barn Owls and Screech Owls, but there are many other owls and birds that will readily nest in a box, such as: Saw-Whet Owls, Barred Owls, the American Kestrel (North America's smallest falcon) and more.
Are nesting boxes appropriate for my property?
First and foremost, there can be no rodenticides (rodent poison) used on a property while owl boxes are installed. If rodenticides have been used (inside or outside), please stop immediately and remove them. Boxes can then be installed after 3 months of none-use. Rodenticides are ultimately counterproductive and are incredibly destructive to wildlife. Please click HERE for more information on rodenticides.
Each species has a different preferred habitat. Barn Owls are generally found in or near open fields and meadows, but sometimes nest quite close to humans in urban areas as well, especially when open spaces are within a few miles. Western Screech Owls are generally found in oak woodlands, especially near streams or creeks. They too have been found nesting quite close to human habitations - even in attics and under eaves. A good nesting cavity is hard to find! Great Horned Owls (they are the ones that hoot!) do not use nest boxes - they take over previously constructed nests of hawks or ravens.
How to purchase HOP nesting boxes:
Interested in a nesting box for your property? Start by filling our owl box request form for either residential or agricultural use. Once we have reviewed your property information we will contact you to let you know what boxes are appropriate for your location.
Our fully constructed nesting boxes can be picked up in Ross, CA. Please, let us know if you have questions about installation, box management or cleaning services. Self installation, care and maintenance instructions can also be found under the specific box pages (Barn Owl Boxes, Screech Owl etc).
Unfortunately we are unable to ship our boxes at this time. If you are outside of the San Francisco Bay Area please contact us for advice on selecting quality boxes. (There are a lot of unsafe boxes on the market.)
If you are unsure of the appropriate type of box for your location please fill out our Box Plan Survey form.