05052016 Barred Owl-2
Location of Rescue:
UPDATE: The Barred Owl was released at its home in Wabash County, August 28. He was feisty and ready to take flight. He in no uncertain terms wanted to hang around the humans as he hit the airwaves and flew deep into the woods.
05052016-BAOW-2 the little guy on the right in the photo
A Homeowner in Wabash County, Indiana, found a baby Barred Owl on her property during a hike with her dog. She looked around for any cavity nest possibilities or any other visible nests; none were located. It had been down on the ground at least two days, as her dog alerted to something the day before, but it was in an area of dense brush. Today, the owl had itself perched on a log, highly visible.
On presentation the little guy was alert, but quiet. He had two talon sheaths torn off (similar to tearing off your fingernail), so something traumatic happened to him. His legs were thickly covered with dried droppings. He also had some droppings on his face and some all over his body. He was given a quick bath to get the worst of it off. He was a little thin, but a much better weight than expected considering the rest of his condition. He quickly are two cut up mice. We expect him to be releasable when he is old enough. In the mean time, he will get a s little human interaction as possible. We do not want him to imprint on or to become acclimated to people. If this happens, he would be non-releasable, which is not at all what we want.
We are in the process of building a hack box for our two baby Barred Owls. It is a large cage/small flight pen that is set in an area where they can be eventually released right from the pen. They will be put in it soon so they consider it their home. Then once they are flying well, the door to the pen is opened and they are free to come and go. Food will be continued to be provided, much like a mother owl would do for them, until they no longer return. In this way they will learn to hunt but will have food provided as a back up until they are doing well on their own.
Please help by making a donation - hack boxes cost $500.
05052016-BAOW-2 He is doing very well in a flight own with other orphaned Barred Owls. We hope to have a hack box finished for them soon.