Barn Owls: Make Money and Slay Rodents
There are a lot of articles out there about barn owls and why they are great for rodent control. I will be discussing a little of that, but more importantly, I want to share with you something that no one else is talking about. There is a closely held secret about barn owls that I have kept for almost all my life and can finally share with you today.
The secret is that you can make some good money off of barn owls. Barn owls eat their prey whole. However, they can’t digest the bone and fur. As a result, they cough up a pellet made up of the bone and fur. These black pellets are generally the size of your thumb.
Barn owl pellets are used by the hundreds of thousands in classrooms all around the world to teach students biology and skeletal anatomy. The pellets are usually collected by professional pellet collectors who make a living doing this. They are also collected by farmers and ranchers who send them to a biological supply company. The company I sold them to is called Mountain Home Biological. It’s a great company to work with and they are almost always buying pellets. They will also pay for the shipping if you send them in.
All you need to collect pellets is a 5 gallon bucket, gloves, and a flashlight. Some farmers will let you search around their property and in their barns for free. However, I find it works best if you offer to pay them a little something for them. If you do this, farmers are more likely to let you search around their property and it will help secure a good relationship with them.
As previously stated, Mountain Home Biological is in my opinion the best place to sell your pellets. They are located in Washington State.
Rodent Control: Besides the fact that barn owls can put a little extra money in your pocket, they are also great for rodent control. They are much more effective than cats and need little to no maintenance. Just leave them alone and they will put a big dent in your rodent problem.
Barn owl habitat: If you are thinking of getting a barn cat, you might want to consider getting a barn owl instead. Let’s face it, when was the last time anyone was able to sell cat fur balls? However, there are a few things that barn owls need. For starters they are solitary animals. They won’t stay in barns that get a lot of activity. They also don’t get along with great horned owls which are larger and will kill/bully them.
Don’t fret if you use your barn a great deal. You can still attract barn owls to your property. Besides buying barn owl pellets, Mountain Home Biological also sells barn owl boxes. These are large wooden bird houses that are specifically designed to attract barn owls. I have seen them work first hand in the field.(Click here to check them out)