An interesting thing I learned about owls

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by my5hens, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. my5hens

    my5hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2011
    Good evening!
    Tonight I learned something very interesting about owls. I took my 7 yr old to a sort of hokie dokie halloween night time thing at a local botanical garden, and well there were some semi - tamed owls there with the people that owned them.
    The man with the horned owl said owls dont actually eat other birds, including chickens. But they simply get sick of them and dont want them in their territory. They will even put up with other birds in their area for sometime until one night.......kill!
    Oh and they can only eat things that they can swallow whole.

    I know this doesnt solve the problem of them killing hens, but I still found it interesting!
  2. omegaman

    omegaman New Egg

    Oct 20, 2012
    In person I have seen them kill and eat wild ducks, chickens, wood cock and wild turkeys.
  3. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    west virginia
    Well, I have never heard such a fallacy. Owls can and do enjoy chicken when its on the menu, and they will eat it all...bones and feathers as well. They particularly enjoy taking them out of trees while they are roosting...more convenient I guess.
  4. janinepeters

    janinepeters Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2009
    Unfortunately you were fed nonsense. It's well documented that owls prey on birds and other animals they cannot swallow whole. Perhaps it is most common for them to feed on small animals they can swallow whole, which is why so many great horned owl pellets contain entire mouse or vole skeletons. I suspect that's why he believes what he told you. Such pellets are easy to find if you know where to look, and could give the impression that small mammals are all that owls eat.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2012
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Wow! Absolute misinformation as others have said.
  6. ellie32526

    ellie32526 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2012
    North Texas
    I know this is probaby a dumb question, but does it help at all to buy one of those plastic owls from Home Depot to ward off other owls? Or am I just being duped as well? I see them all over my neighborhood, mostly in gardens - but I haven't bought one yet.
  7. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2012
    North Texas
    -bought one to keep birds from the garden. It did help keep the Mockingbirds away from the strawberry plants, BUT I wouldn't rely on it at all to keep away predators (hawks owls).
  8. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    west virginia
    I had a cat that liked to lay on a ledge outside the window, maybe fifty feet up...that made a difference...but then, she moved from time to time. The siloulette may help some, but they get used to it.

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