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Owl Care


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Picking up a live owl

How to approach, catch, and contain an owl, and what to do if a young one is found out of its nest


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How to check for injuries

How to hold an owl, what to check for, starvation weights and normal weights.

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Should I get help?

Should you care for a rescued owl yourself, or pass it on to an owl rehabilitator or vet? Here’s what you need to know…

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Find a rehabilitator

Discover how to find an owl rescue and rehabilitation centre, and what to look out for.

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Short-term owl care

This is a do-it-yourself guide for small to medium-sized owls and includes administering fluids, feeding and containers.

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Aviaries for Barn Owls

Designing and building an aviary for small to medium-sized captive owls – our recommendations.

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Feeding Barn Owls

Learn all about feeding wild or captive Barn Owls in the UK, and supplementing during brief periods of food shortage.

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Rescued owl release methods

Instructions for releasing a rescued owl back into the wild and maximising survival.


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Report a dead or ringed owl

Who to contact and what information to report, owl species and types of rings.

Thinking of keeping a captive Barn Owl?

Barn Owls as pets