Barn Owl Nest Box Pole Model


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The Barn Owl Nest Box – Pole Model offers a cutting edge design that includes a robust rain guard, viewing window in the rear, and removable front for easy cleaning. Its unique double-box system combined with heat reflective pigments and efficient venting keeps the box cool in full sun. It comes with a galvanized-metal mounting-bracket that attaches easily to the top of a wooden 4 x 4, 6 x 6, or to the flange on a metal pole. (We offer our own easy to install Pole Kit separately.) All hardware included. Will not rot, will not need rebuilt, and will last indefinitely. Click on the tabs below for further information about biology, range, installation, and nest box specifications.

Why Barn Owls Are Ideal for Effective, Natural Rodent Control

Now in use on farms and private properties throughout the United States, oil palm plantations in Malaysia, rice fields in S.E. Asia, and hay and vegetable farms in Israel, barn owls lend themselves to effective rodent control through a number of unique adaptations:

  • Barn owls are cavity nesters, so can easily be attracted to nest boxes.
  • Barn owls live comfortably around human activity such as busy farmyards and agricultural fields
  • Barn owls are not territorial, allowing farmers to establish dense colonies.
  • Barn owls raise large numbers of young for a raptor—up to 13 young have been recorded in one nest, although 4 to 7 is more common
  • Barn owls respond to higher rodent numbers by producing more young.
  • A single family of barn owls can consume over 1000 pocket gophers per year, or 3000 mice or voles.
  • Barn owls are extremely faithful to their nest sites, returning year after year.
  • Once established, barn owls need very little maintenance.
  • Utilizing barn owls for rodent control is very economical when compared to the costs of poisons and other methods.

Installing Barn Owl Boxes

We have designed the nest box so that it can be installed easily by a single person. It comes with all the hardware necessary for mounting on either a 1″ or 1.5″ iron pole or 4 x 4 wooden post. (We do sell our own galvanized pole system which you can find under Barn Owl Pole Kit on our Products tab on the Menu.) Little assembly is required: the viewing window and blind are attached on the rear; the perch is attached on the landing ledge. Then the white outer box is attached to the pole or post; the brown liner slides in and is lined with bedding; the faceplates are attached and you are done! It comes with detailed instructions.

Where to install: Barn owls are open field hunters. Anywhere there are agricultural fields, vineyards, orchards, row crops, grasslands, pastures, scrub, hay, or meadows is good habitat. Put them up about 8′ off the ground (no need to go higher), face them in an easterly direction (NE, SE, or E). For bedding use a large pieced bark mulch (not shredded in other words) that you can buy at a garden supply.

For farmers using multiple boxes, you can install them as little as fifty feet apart; place them at your convenience, out of the way of your operations. Barn owls are not easily upset by human activity, so they are fine with men working, barking dogs, playing children, tractors, etc.

Habitat: Open areas, pastures, meadows, grasslands, row crops, hay, orchards, vineyards, wetlands


  • Constructed of rugged molded plastic
  • 17.5 W x 17.5 H x 27 D
  • Total weight 24 pounds
  • White outer box contains heat resistant pigments
  • Dark inner box creates efficient venting
  • Front easily removed for cleaning and maintenance
  • 8 x 16 steel mounting bracket
  • Comes with all hardware for mounting to post or pole
  • Includes rain guard, perch, and rear viewing window

Customer Reviews

Based on 30 reviews
Twisted Oak Hill
Great owl box, poor mounting bracket

I put together and mounted my Barn Owl Nest Box Pole Model this past weekend. I am impressed with the owl box itself. It is sturdy and was easy to assemble. The mounting bracket was less impressive. I had already planned to create a frame at the top of the 4x4 pole using 2x6 pieces to ensure a solid base for the owl box to sit on. While I incorporated the metal mounting bracket into my plans, I found it to be too flimsy to solidly hold the box on the pole by itself. Living on Colorado’s Front Range, we get a lot of wind. To counter that wind, I added several metal L-brackets to further secure the box to the 2x6 frame I built. In my view, the box should come with a much more robust and larger mounting bracket that holds the box closer to the edges so that the box won’t flap around when shaken by the wind.

Jerry P.
‘OLIVE” has a new home!

Nice product, it went together very easily. Your FAQ on the website is very informative. The exterior perch needs some work, I discarded it for a piece of native wood. Otherwise you would have gotten a five star. I’m hopeful it will be occupied soon.

Thomas Rentschler
Barn owl and Kestrel nest box Pole Model

Extremely easy to install. My son and I put it up in about 10 minutes. Very sturdy and durable, one week after putting the Kestrel nest box up, we had 30-40mph winds for a couple days and the nest box did NOT move. I was impressed! Now the waiting game for a Kestrel to inhabit the nesting box. Thanks - high recommend.

Troy Dunnington
San Diego Owl Box!

Great product and great company

My Vineyard Rodent Control Team

I have several generations of Barn Owls living in these boxes on my vineyards in California. The owls work hard to control rodents in the vineyards and protect our yield. Best employees ever and they work for free! I am adding another box this season. Thank you for a great product.

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