Rescuing our Barn Owl Owlet!
It was time to take action.
Colin of Colin Shead Photography has been monitoring two very immature Barn Owls over this very hot summer. The Owlets had hatched, but two weeks in and parental visits had plummeted. We could hear calls from the babies inside, they were hungry. Colin called me, he had decided the time had come to open the box and check them, something you would never normally do.
There was one chick in the box. The other eggs had hatched but no owlets. We suspect the last owlet had eaten her brothers and sisters. She was skinny and weak. Owls & Bird of Prey Rescue for Essex and Suffolk was consulted. If left until the next morning it would be 60 hours with no food if a parent did not visit.
The morning arrived and there had been no visits. Jordan was carefully extracted by Simon, who is licensed to handle her. Off she was whisked to Stephanie, a bag of bones. She received her first small meal, beak opened and posted down her throat.
The next few days would be so important and she made it! A couple of weeks later she had a teddy bear for a friend and was fluffy and thriving. She will continue to be hand fed for months now.