Originally Posted by centrarchid
After post above I went out half a dozen times last night to shine yard and barn with spotlight. On all but one time owl was present. Twice owl was on ground walking between pens in area where smaller birds are housed. Only two small birds out as balance have been moved to more protected locations in barn. Balance of sightings had owl flying from some perch in the yard or even from the top of barn. Owl is clearly getting something otherwise it would not spend so much time there. At one point I could here neighbors cooped flock complaining but they appear locked up tight. Possibly rats are primary target with chickens being targets of opportunity.
I was wondering if it might be hunting rodents, that might be attracted to area by chicken feed.
Have you done strings on barn door yet....or was that another thread?