OstrichLand

Jeremy Feeding Ostrichs from Jeremy Person on Vimeo.

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.

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