Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Every Bird has a tale - Ostrich

This is an Emu.

 

Do not confuse an Emu with an Ostrich.



We have 4 Emu and 11 Ostrich.  The Emu are kept in a large cage.  When we got the Ostrich, Corey made them a nice huge cage that included a hill, the creek, a kind of swampy weedy area and flat land.  We could not contain a couple of them who would get out of the cage and walk down the road.  Then they would come back and go back in the caged area. Even electric fence would not keep them in. Eventually when they got out they would stay on the property, so now all of them are free to go where they want.  Three love to hang out by our locked gate.  They like the red ants they find there and hang out in the creek.  Three stay in the caged area with the Cage gate open.  The rest just walk around the property.  They give cars that go by quite a show.  I have a couple of pictures of them singularly with everyone of us in the family.  Sorry not to post them but blogger is just too darned slow to upload and be able to put them where I want.

This picture compares the size of some of the variety of eggs we have.  From the bottom left are eggs from....chicken, peacock, Ostrich and the green one is an Emu.  We have two different breed Emu.  One gives a green egg and one gives a purple one.


There is a pretty lucrative market for exotic eggs especially in the Asian community.  Maybe at some point Alyssa will sell Ostrich feathers too.  In the mean time the kids collect them and gift them to us for our hat collection which is growing.  I WILL tell you that I am totally sick of eating eggs, lol. 

9 comments:

Pamela said...

How cool! I can tell life is never dull where you live.

jinxxxygirl said...

LOL! Could you hatch little ostriches and emus?? and sell those?? I would be blowing out some eggs and painting them or maybe use a dremel on them to carve some... Thats so cool Carol! Always look forward to a post from you! Nice that you can let the Ostriches roam free and they stay close.. I guess they know where the food is.. Hugs! deb

maureenlthompson said...

My goodness lol, what a difference in your life now. What do those large eggs taste like? I have eaten turkey and duck eggs as well as the usual chicken eggs but never ostrich or emu.
Hope you are all keeping well. We had a recent scare when my husband ended up in the hospital for a week with sepsis. He is slowly recovering. It really took it's toll.

DVArtist said...

Oh I had no idea you had Emu and Ostrach. You are so lucky. I us the eggs in my art when I can get them and the feathers too. Besides that I just love the birds. My friend had an emu farm in N. Id. and I would go help with them. Have a wonderful day.

Sherrie Spangler said...

Now I know why you're named Beads and BIRDS! I've had a lot of parakeets, but nothing like your flock, which sounds delightful!

kathyinozarks said...

Good evening, I almost missed this post somehow, I caught it going through my reading list.
Very cool to have these birds. I am with Deb on craft ideas for the eggs. I can't eat allot of eggs either. eggs can be frozen though for baking I think if they don't lay year round.
The feathers would be cool too. Fon on your mountain hugs Kathy

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

How very interesting that you raise ostrich along with emu. How does one start an Ostrich farm? Are they friendly towards you? The eggs look amazing! Have you ever tried decorating an empty ostrich egg? Such an amazing thing to raise!

Debra said...

I thought I was following you-but I'm glad I found your blog. Your life is certainly different and interesting! We have an ostrich egg and an emu egg. A local market had a seller that had them and the products made from the oils. Emu oil is wonderful. So glad you are blogging agin!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Such an interesting hobby/job to raise these birds! The eggs are really pretty!