2012 - Volume #36, Issue #4, Page #30[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Realistic Owl Decoy Scares Birds Away
“We wanted it to be as realistic as possible, so we redesigned the head so it flows into the neck like on a real owl,” says Allison James, Bird-X avian expert. “It has the forward looking attitude of a flying owl with the head and the eyes pointed in the right direction.”
Even the plumage printed on the belly and wings of the decoy is accurate. Photos from different angles of owls in flight were used to get the correct detail.
The owl measures 23 in. total head to tail. The 6-in. dia. head is made from a hard plastic resin. The body and 4-ft. wings are durable, waterproof, non-woven fabric supported by flexible cables and plastic struts. The airfoil wings are designed to move naturally in the lightest wind.
“The body and the wings catch the wind,” says James. “You always have the best success in deterring pest birds and animals from an area when there’s change in movement of the decoy.”
James recommends the decoy owl be mounted in open areas on a pole or fence post. Periodically moving it to a slightly different location extends its effectiveness and prevents target pests from getting used to its presence.
James recommends a single owl decoy for a small strawberry patch, but multiple owls and other Bird-X sonic repellents in a field of several acres.
“The owl is extremely effective on its own,” says James. “However, when you frighten with sound and visual, you get a synergistic effect.”
The redesigned Prowler Owl is priced at $64.10 on the Bird-X website. Older models are still available at reduced prices.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bird-X, Inc., 300 N. Oakley Blvd., Chicago, Ill. 60612 (ph 312 226-2473; toll free 800 662-5021; www.bird-x.com).
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