EcoSolutions diet tips!

How do we really show our wealth?

It’s not your car, your bank balance, your house, your overseas trips ... it’s your stomach. Interestingly enough, it’s not just your stomach, its every stomach. Barn owls show us how.

Barn owls (Tyto alba) are able to respond to rodent eruptions - a simple equation, lots of rats - lots of owlets, fewer rats - fewer owlets. But how does a female owl know how many rats are out there? She checks her waistline.

Egg laying in Barn owls is directly related to fat reserve. In good rodent years, a female Barn owl can lay as many as 15 eggs, sometimes twice a year. An owlet comes out of the egg and takes about 40 days to fledge. From day old chick to fully grown and flying in 40 days is remarkable and requires lots of food. That is why it has been estimated that a Barn owl family can consume up to 2000 rats in a year.

Can we relate? Many cultures use the simple waistline test to illustrate wealth. A nicely filled out wife indicates that times are good, a couple of nicely filled out wives indicate that times are very good. So, next time you see your reflection in a window, don't cringe, stand up straight, stick it out and be proud that in real biological terms, you are wonderfully wealthy.

For more on Barn owls and their insatiable appetite click here

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Karen Stander
Our box have a spotted eagle owl! We stay on a smallholding in the Chancliff area, Krugersdorp and discovered that our recently serviced owl box, has a long awaited inhabitant! So glad and thankful to have the privilege of sharing our piece of nature with hopefully a breading pair soon! Have to tell you the bats are also happily occupying their box!

Cheryl Siewierski
Brilliant service from hugely knowledgeable installers at our home in Harties this morning. We are thrilled with our new bat and owl boxes and sure the residents of these will be too! Excellent to know that EcoSolutions also monitors numbers and patterns of the owls in perpetuity. Thank you!

Beryl Scott-Payet
Fantastic, thanks to all at Eco Solutions for your support and help with Strix (our injured owl) and the installations of the boxes and houses at Steyn City.

 

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