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Old 24-07-2013, 09:50 PM
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So, my step-dad is hunting for a pet owl. He's currently building a nice little outdoor enclosure for it, but he keeps saying he can't find any.
I ADORE owls. They're one of my favourite types of animal. However, I know little to nothing about owning them.
Does anyone know if they're hard to get, or some other reason as to why he could be finding one difficult to obtain?
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Old 24-07-2013, 10:49 PM
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How are you trying to acquire these owls? What specie are you after and where have you looked?
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I honestly wouldn't be able to tell you. I would have to ask my stepdad what exactly he's looking for.
I was more just wondering if owls are hard to come by at certain times? Or is it really only certain species that are harder to get/look after?

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Old 24-07-2013, 11:24 PM
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Do you know if your stepdad just wants to keep the owl in the aviary to look at or does he wants to fly the owl too? Most owls breed early in the year, so availability is very variable. I take it your stepdad did do his research on owls.
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Oh, he's not the sort of person to just keep a bird cooped up in an aviary all day, so I presume he will fly it.
Yep! He's suuuper careful with all his animals. Reads up very carefully on everything. He owns a pet shop, so I knew it was really only time before he found an animal he really wanted to keep!

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Oh, he's not the sort of person to just keep a bird cooped up in an aviary all day, so I presume he will fly it.
Yep! He's suuuper careful with all his animals. Reads up very carefully on everything. He owns a pet shop, so I knew it was really only time before he found an animal he really wanted to keep!

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He owns a pet shop but can't find an owl? There are numerous publications and websites that would, I would have thought, be known of by a pet shop owner!
Just make sure that before buying an owl you establish if it is an Annex A CITES species, and if so that it has a valid A10. Equally ensure that it is not a species that requires any other documents to be legally owned.
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He owns a pet shop but can't find an owl? There are numerous publications and websites that would, I would have thought, be known of by a pet shop owner!
Just make sure that before buying an owl you establish if it is an Annex A CITES species, and if so that it has a valid A10. Equally ensure that it is not a species that requires any other documents to be legally owned.
Haha, I know. He usually specialises in aquatics, but he sells a bit of everything.
I don't know if he's maybe looking for a certain type of owl?
I'll definitely pass all this information onto him though, I'm sure it'll really help him.

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Try Bird trader- just google it. Here and that site are the best for them. Just make sure you visit the outfit before purchase to make sure your owl is coming from a decent place.
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Try Bird trader- just google it. Here and that site are the best for them. Just make sure you visit the outfit before purchase to make sure your owl is coming from a decent place.
Oh, thanks, I'll tell him to have a look!
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I strongly suggest your stepdad look for a mentor, someone who can guide him while training the owl and to ask advice when needed. Trust me they don't tell you all the secrets in the books. Another thing to keep in mind when keeping an owl is the noise factor. If you know your neighbours wont mind, then happy days.


Owls for flying are the medium-sized owls. Bengal Eagle owls, African Spotted Eagle owls, Savigny`s Eagle owls and Magellan Eagle owls make very nice flying birds and are a good size for a beginner. Stay away from the very large owls and the small ones.
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