Sunday, May 26, 2013

Owlet Enrichment

The owlets, at about 10 weeks of age, are at a stage similar to human toddlers...they're into everything, exploring every aspect of their environment.  They are working on depth perception, eye-foot coordination, flying, carrying things, and more.

To help with their development, I've added a variety of toys for their enrichment, and they have been using ALL of them!  In the first part of this video an owlet drags a stuffed bear onto the floor and drags it a bit.  The Patrick (I think) makes a big haul: he got the large piece of purple fabric untied from the hatch perch in the flight pen and hauled it over to the nest!

Not to be so easily satisfied, after a rest he went and got the giggle ball from the floor and hauled it up to the nest platform too.

I have now added an empty box to the breeding pen, so I'm curious to see what they'll do with it.  Alice loves to check out boxes and tight spaces.


  1. I can see it now, there will be generations of owls sprung from these who will steal clothing from clothelines and childrens toys from backyards. lol

  2. Karla,

    Nice video showing Patrick hauling the fabric and the giggle ball to the nest. It made me chuckle watching one of the other sibs (Patience), watching Patrick maneuvering the items in the nest.

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    1. Hein needs to put up a metal barrier on the entry door, as well as make the ladder fold UP so the mice can't climb up it, and then we can start them on mice. The intention is to do these two things the day the phone company comes to put the ends on the wires so we minimize disturbance. I may try the owlets on crickets first.