Cage Designs for Release Training Owls

The Owl Foundation utilizes many different cage structures designed for the specific needs of its owl inhabitants. Forty years of observation and trial and error have resulted in the some of the world's most successful owl breeding and release training cages.

The Foundation has three complexes dedicated to release training owls. Each one of these buildings is specialized for different species and caters to specific hunting and stamina building techniques. These ingenious designs enable us to successfully teach owls to hunt live prey and force them to gain the muscle tone and stamina they will require to survive in the wild. Falconry methods are never employed for several reasons. The most important of these reasons is that owls are 'sit and wait' predators. Unlike hawks or falcons that hunt by actively pursuing prey, most owls wait to sight prey from a perch.

We are dedicated to providing the very best for those birds that come to reside or pass through the hands of The Owl Foundation. We also hope to reach those birds that cross the hands of our fellow rehabilitators through this website by sharing our experience and providing what we hope is some useful information that might be implemented at other facilities.


40 Complex -  
  • Incorporates two design styles: one for small owls and one for large owls.
  • 7 individual units for small-sized owls (Screech, Saw-whet and Boreal)
  • 2 long 84' units designed for Great Horned and Snowy Owls.
52 Complex -  
  • Designed for medium-sized owls.
  • 10 individual units with interconnecting corridors and gates.
  • Includes "The Serpentine," a 288' long system of units and corridors designed to maximize stamina building in fast flying species.
53 Complex -  
  • Designed for Barred and Great Grey Owls.
  • 6 individual units surrounding an inner pathway for staff.
  • Units are connected by gates and a corridor for full circular flight around the inner court.
  • Includes a 360° Interactive Panoramic View.

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