Owl Rescue Centre

Installers of owls for biological pest control. Owls hunt rats which feed on livestock grain and eat and cause other problems with crops in the fields. They also have rat traps which catch live rats on your property for use in feeding the owls in the rehabilitation centre.

Owls hunt at night and are seldom observed by humans. Because of this nocturnal (nighttime) existence, they are little known and often misunderstood, even though some owls live their entire lives in close proximity to man.

Owls share our natural habitat and play an important role in the ecological system, keeping the rodent population under control.

Owls have a very high mortality rate due to the threats they face – Owls get secondary poisoning from poisoned rats, they are run over by cars, used for ‘Muti’ or simply killed out of fear and unwarranted suspicion. These are all causes for a vulnerable owl population.

We hope, through increased understanding of the owl’s true character, the fears and misgivings that often surround peoples’ perceptions of owls will be replaced by tolerance and respect for these unique birds.

Owl Rescue Centre needs your help!

The Owl Rescue Centre rehabilitate and release 200 – 250 Spotted Eagle Owls, 100 – 150 Barn Owls and 80 -100 other owl species each year. Apart from rescuing and rehabilitating owls, we spend a large sum of our time educating individuals on owls and the harm caused by pesticides.
All the owls that come to the Owl Rescue Centre are released once they are ready and able to hunt and survive in the wild.

Owls are released through hacking techniques, following a ‘soft release’ approach with the use of Hacking Aviaries. We follow a philosophy of minimal human interference to nature’s natural means. We nurture owls when they need us, but we allow them to stay wild and return to their natural habitat when they no longer require our assistance.

Consider this before using poison:

There is no pesticide available on the market that is safe for owls and other birds of prey.

The chemicals used to control rodents are being found in the livers of owls and are causing the deaths of an alarming quantity of birds of prey.

The chemicals cause metabolic disruption and damage to tiny blood vessels, resulting in internal bleeding and ultimately death.

The Owl-friendly Rat Trap is designed primarily to catch rats without killing them or using harmful chemicals.

Food bait (not poisoned) is placed inside the cage part of the Rat Trap to lure the rodents to the trap. The rat or mouse enters the Rat Trap through a trap door to get to the bait. The rodent is caught alive and without injury; it is trapped with a supply of water and food.

When you see a rodent in your trap, you can contact the Owl Rescue Centre to collect the rats to use as food for the owls in the rehabilitation centre.

Owl Rescue Centre
Hartebeespoort 0216
South Africa
Phone: 082 719 5463
Url: http://www.owlrescuecentre.org.za

Apply to Join the Agri Investment Group

Firstly, this is not a massive investment fund. This is my personal initiative and is funded by me, I already fund all the costs related to Ethical Suppliers and Open Education Centre. This initiative is really for the poorest of the poor who have practically nothing and need a helping hand to get somewhere.  

I used to be a chicken and pecan nut farmer a few years ago and had to quit because of family issues with the property. So yes, I have experience in farming, as well as an education site for farmers, Open Education Centre

From a little seed we can grow big things. Nature has all the means by which we can grow our money and farming is a way to do this while at the same time providing food for families and communities. 

I will buy most of the starter stock eg seeds and chicks, saplings, and so on. Watering costs will not be covered but we will try reduce water consumption as far as possible with the use of mulch and other methods to keep costs down. 

You will need to fetch the stock from the supplier if I cannot have it delivered, prepare the earth, sow the seed, water/irrigate and generally manage all day to day operations. If you are in Pretoria I will assist with the manual labour.

For the chicken farm you will need to construct a simple roosting perch from sticks and a simple hut with a basic door which can close at night. This can all be done with wood and salvaged materials. No floor needed, sand floors are best and I will explain why later. Eggs need to be collected daily and a small percentage of the eggs need to be marked and  left in their clutches in the hope that broody hens will hatch them out. We are trying to breed broodiness back in as this is in accordance with natural and humane principles. 

Once the operation turns profitable and I have recouped 200% of my total investment I will withdraw.

Remember – this is NOT a get rich quick scheme, this is only for individuals who share the same principles of ethical, eco friendly and humane farming. Profits will only start coming in after a few months, sometimes even up to a year or two, it all depends on what we are farming. 

Think about ways that you can “pay it forward”, eg seed donations etc, because this principle is extremely important. 

If all this excites you and you want to be part of the group please continue the application process below. I know it is long and tedious but I really want to get to know you a little better as we will be working closely together and I want to make sure we are a good fit :) 

If you would like to help fund the initiative please contact info@ethicalsuppliers.co.za or 071 484 5295. 

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