Feeding your local wildlife – birds of prey & owls
April 25th, 2015
This is a guide to supporting your local wildlife. These foodstuffs are not suitable for rescued wildlife in captivity, more a list of suitable things you can supplement your furred and feathered friends diet with while they forage for their own too!
It is very difficult to feed birds of prey, as most of them (with the exception of carrion eaters such as buzzards and kites) will not take food that you put out for them, they will only eat what they catch themselves.
Most birds of prey will not need support feeding, unless you have a local buzzard who is looking a bit sorry for himself, in which case you can leave a whole rabbit from the game dealers or perhaps one you have found freshly dead on the roadside in his local area.
If you have a pair of local owls with young they will be working very hard to support their owlets. If the unfortunate happens and a parent is injured or killed (usually by a car on a roadside) while out hunting you can support the rest of the family by putting out defrosted frozen mice on fence posts and ledges that you know the owls use nearby. Lots of pet stores stock frozen mice for feeding reptiles which will be perfect for helping out your owls.