OstrichLand was probably my second favorite stop yesterday, mostly because I love animals so it was fun getting so close to the ostriches. They are som big, powerful and dare I say even ugly creatures!
Here are some interesting facts I learned from my visit:
- Adult ostriches stand 8′ to 9′ tall and weight 250 to 350 pounds
- Ostriches mature at 2 to 3 years, and breed until 40 years
- An ostrich can reach speeds of 45 MPH
- The oldest ostrich on record is 81 years old
- The ostrich is the only bird with two toes
- An ostrich egg weighs 3 to 4 pounds, the equivalent of 24 chicken eggs. Ostrich eggs hatch in 42 days
- A good hen lays 40 to 60 eggs a season. One layed 120 eggs! Ostrich farming started in Southern Africa in 1857
- Ostriches are vegetarians and eat 3.5 pounds of food a day
- Each ostrich produces 1.5 pounds of feathers per season
- Ostrich hens incubate the eggs during the day, the rooster sits on the eggs at night
- An ostrich chick grows one foot taller each month
- The ostrich is native to Africa
- Ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand.