We are frequently asked lots of questions before being booked for ceremonies / visit's, so here goes with a one stop shop of some of the most commonly asked questions.
With any type of wild life comes with the responsibility of beings skilled and aware of what we need to do to ensure the owls and the public are kept safe.
Whilst our owls are hand reared and friendly we must never forget their origins and be respectful to their natures.
Owls are not pets and though look incredibly cute and do enjoy a little stroke. it must be born in mind that feathers are not designed to be stroked so touching should be limited and all guest will be encouraged to listen to the handlers instructions.
The majority of Venue's will be suitable for the Owls, there is no minimum space required, so regardless of space indoors or outdoors, our owls are experienced at doing their part and providing you with a unique and memorable experience.
Can other pets attend at the same time as the owl?
No in the first instance, Our owls are used to cat's and dog's , however other pets may not be used to owls, therefore we do not want to risk anything going awry so its safest for us to decline should you intend other pets to feature in the event. There is always the possibility that if this is an important wish for your wedding that we could allow the pets to meet the owl to assess their interaction with one another.
Will the Owl poo ?
No, Owls do not go to the toilet during flight so there is no risk of mishaps on your guests,
Is the owl noisy?
Owls vary in how vocal they are ,depending on which owl you choose we may keep out of ear shot should you wish the Owl to be a surprise. Owls are however silent in flight and tend to glide rather than flap.
Who can receive the rings?
This choice is entirely up to you. It's usually the best man or the groom but should you have preferred options , or the bride wants to get involved on the action then all you need to do is say.
What stops the owl flying away?
The owls are hand reared and regard humans as their companions. The owls are highly trained and is keen to fly to the offered glove in order to receive its reward.
Will the best man have to hold meat for the owl?
Not if you don't want to, the owl has been trained to fly to the offered white glove and will only receive its reward on its return to the handler. Therefore there will be no risk of putting your guests off their lunch.
Do you have to starve the owl to get them to fly?
Definitely not, our owls are trained to come to humans from a few weeks old. Owls are however very naturally lazy so depending on what time we want them to fly we do not give them a big meal immediately before as if we did , all the owl would want to do is go to sleep.
How are the rings attached to the owl?
The owl will have ribbon strands attached for flight to which the rings can either be tied or securely placed in a organza bag of your choosing. some couples prefer the owl carries replica rings, which will be a consideration and will be respected as you wish. We have have a 100 % delivery rate but the choice will be yours. We have a supply of neutral colored ribbon and bags however should you prefer you are welcome to order a colour to suit your them and give to the handler on the day.
Are birds happy being tethered?
Tethering is essential during public appearances. At home the owls are free to fly within their aviaries as well as at times of training and during practice.
Do you provide hand washing facilities?
We will have wipes and hand rub for those who require it.
Do you publish your photographs / videos?
We publish as much of our footage as we can on face book or within our website, however we will tend to be selective and choose the pictures that show the owls in the most favorable poses. Should you not wish pictures to be published , please let us know so that we can respect your wishes.
Which owls are native to England in the British Isles?
There are several Owls that are native to the British Isles. These include Barn owls, Little Owls, Tawny Owls (the ones you hear hoot at night), Long Eared Owls, short Eared Owls and Snowy Owls. Here in the South East of England the predominance is Little Owls, Barn Owls , Tawny and Short eared owls. there are also an increasing number of Eagle Owls being reported , European Eagle Owls were once native however due to a long period of persecution they became absent for many years.
Barn Owl Facts
Barn Owls are both stunning and are amazingly skilled hunters. They are found in nearly every continent of the world excluding Antarctica and vast desert areas.
Barn Owls mate for life and are dedicated parents and can rear up to 6 owlet,s at a time.
However due to diminishing habitat , reduced prey availability and increased dangers such as traffic and pesticides Barn owls in the wild do have a very high mortality rate and the Barn Owl Trust indicates that up to 70 % of nestlings do not make it beyond 18 months of age. Captive bred Barn Owls on the other hand can live beyond 15 years of age.
Owls are unique in their ability to fly silently. This amazing ability is due to their feathers having a design that is like a comb on the leading edges which allows air to pass through silently,
Owls contrary to popular belief are not WISE OLD OWLS ! The reason for this is partly due to the fact that owls eyes take up to 70 %of their skull space which by default result in there being less space for brains.
Owls can see incredibly well over long distances and see 60 % brighter than we do enabling them to see in virtual complete darkness. Surprisingly their eyesight is very poor up close which is why they use their beaks to feel around.
Owls hunt mainly by sound. The wonderful heart shaped faced they are famous for actually acts a bit like a satellite dish and channels sound to their ears. owls have ears that are set at slightly different heights to one another and one is slightly larger than the other which greatly assists them in pin pointing their prey.
0wls are inherently lazy and are programmed to expend as little energy as possible in order to achieve their aim of finding heir next meal. Owls will not fly on a full stomach any more than we would want to run a marathon after eating a roast dinner.
The Owl and the Pussy Cat
Edward Lear first published this poem in 1871.
It's a popular reading at weddings.
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea,
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
'O Lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful pussy you are,
You are,You are,
What a beautiful pussy you are!
Pussy said to the Owl, You elegant foul!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long have we tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?
They sailed away for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong- Tree grows,
And there in a wood a piggy-wig stood,
With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose , his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
"Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling your ring?"
Said the piggy "I will"
So they took it away and were married next day,
By the turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon.
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand
They danced buy the light of the moon, the moon , the moon
They danced by the light of the moon