0505206-BAOW--1 (the little guy on the left in the photo)
Thanks to Mudrack Tree Service for calling us to rescue this baby Barred Owl! They were cutting down a huge, dead tree on private property when they found this little guy in a section of the tree they cut down. The cavity in the tree was checked carefully: there was one chick and two infertile eggs.
On presentation, he was bright, alert, excellent weight and condition. He was a little angry at being taken from his comfy home as he frequently clacked at us! He immediately ate a couple 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 pur 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 us return this bird to the wild by donating $500 for the Hack Box.