Screech owls typically use these Owl Shacks as a roost during cooler weather or when breeding. The Owl Shack gets very hot during the summer, especially in the South, so screech owls might roost out on a limb where it’s cooler.
Occupancy might be immediate or it may take a couple of years (or maybe never at all, especially if the owls in your area already have a favorite hollow). Amazingly, several landlords had their first owl tenant just one day after mounting their Owl Shack while others have taken years! With luck, your Owl Shack could become occupied by an owl soon. If so, enjoy watching as the bird will often snooze or stretch in the entrance hole. If an owl is startled or disturbed while sitting in the entrance hole, it will typically retreat down to the bottom of the Owl Shack, especially when scolded and mobbed by jays, titmice, and other songbirds. Trimming or pruning limbs within close proximity of an occupied Owl Shack could disturb your owl tenant. As crazy as it sounds, consider doing any pruning after dusk with a flashlight once your owl has departed for the night to forage. Otherwise, wait until the dead-of-summer when owls are not using the Owl Shack at all. These tips could help you from permanently frightening away your owl.