Pellets are the undigested parts of a bird’s food that some bird species, including raptors, regurgitate back up in pellet form, which are also known as a casting. In owl pellets specifically, you will not only find fur and feather, but also the bones of the prey the owl has eaten. This means that depending on the species and location of the owl, you will never know what you will find.
Dissecting owl pellets is a fun and popular activity for students that many groups participate in. As an educational tool, they can be used to introduce you to skeletal anatomy and learning how to identify bones and can help to illustrate the nature of food chains.
The owl pellets that we provide here at OWL are collected from wild Barn Owl nests. This means that the pellets could contain a wide variety of bones from many different species of prey; Anything from birds to different species of rodents. We don’t collect the pellets from the birds at our centre as they are feed a diet of mostly domestically raised mice and don’t contain the variety you would get from the wild counterparts.
All of our owl pellets are heat treated, wrapped, and then frozen to ensure they are sterilized before you receive them.
1 single pellet – $2.99
1 bag of 10 pellets – $19.99
$15.00 flat fee for Lower Mainland
$20.00 flat fee for rest of BC
Shipping is through Canada Post and will take 2-3 business days. Pellets will ship every Friday afternoon.
Payment is due prior to shipping
- Cheque payable to: OWL (Orphaned Wildlife) Rehabilitation Society
- Credit; call in at 604-946-3171 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays
- Cash (in person and pick up at OWL; please call to arrange)
Payment must be made first before pellet orders are shipped.
Interested in Learning More About Pellets?
We offer a 40-minute Owl Pellet virtual education program. We teach you about OWL and what we do, learn about owl pellets and how they are formed, and demonstrate how to dissect a pellet to get your group started. You also get to meet one of our Owl Ambassadors!
Please fill out the form below to order pellets. Our Office is only open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays currently, so if the order is placed on Saturday to Tuesday, we will not get back to you until Wednesday.