Thursday, 3 November 2011

Tom and Edna

 Tom and Edna

Tom works at the farm as senior Lands and livestock assistant and Edner is his brand NEW Barn owl. I just wanted to share with everyone this exciting new happening at the farm. 

Edna is a Common Barn Owl. Barn Owls in the wild will hunt rodents and small birds and here at the farm she is fed day old chicks and mice (not the farm chicks, her is purchased elsewhere!). Her food is often swallowed whole and indigestible parts are then regurgitated in the form of a pellet. You may hear Edna make a variety of shrieks, hisses and snoring sounds, but she wont hoot (that's the Tawny Owl). The sizes of barn owls differ. On an average, they are between 12.6'' to 15.7'' tall, have a wingspan of 39.4'' to 49.2'' and may weigh between 14.1 to 24.7 oz. When seen in flight, it gives the impression of a large white bird.

Edna was born on the 25th July 2011. She had a few brothers and sisters. When Edna was about 2 weeks old she became dehydrated and unwell. She took a visit to the vets and they kept her in for a while and gave her some medicine which made her healthy again. Unfortunately, having been taken away to visit the vet, when she returned her mother didn’t recognise her and no longer looked after her. Edna was then hand reared by the vets sister until she was old enough to be re-homed.  Tom adopted her at 8 weeks old and she now spends her days at the farm.  Having been hand reared she is very friendly and loves human contact.

You can come and visit Tom and Edna and get a chance to see her being fed, being flight trained, stroke Edna and a chance to ask Tom any questions about her. Times and dates for owl handling will be posted on our website at .

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