A few pics of my ostrich chicks

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by jd9520, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. jd9520

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    I've been lurking around this site for quite sometime now and figured it was about time to share a few pics of my own project. I hatched a couple of ostrich last Sept in a practice attempt before filling the incubator with emu eggs later this month. I didn't keep these guys but they sure were fun to watch.
     
  2. gunnarwordon

    gunnarwordon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow. they're so cute! Do you ever sell?
     
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    They are so cute, and I have to say, I've never looked at an ostriche's feet before. I didn't know they had only two toes like that!

    Did you hatch them yourself? What do they eat?

    Sharon
     
  4. jd9520

    jd9520 New Egg

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    Yes, I hatched them myself. I fed them Mazuri ratite starter along with very limited amounts of fresh chopped alfalfa leaves. I plan on hatching some more this summer......not sure if I am going to keep or sell them though. I guess it all depends on my success rate....they can be a challenge to get started.
     
  5. gunnarwordon

    gunnarwordon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you do plan on selling, keep me in mind!


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  6. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I couldn't keep an ostrich, but thanks for sharing the pics, they are darling!
     
  7. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] that is one cute baby... lol.. I'll stick with emus for now

    my husband would shoot me if I told him I was gonna hatch out an ostrich
     
  8. Maev

    Maev Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! I've never seen a baby one before! Thanks for sharing!
     
  9. msheets

    msheets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where did you get the eggs & were they shipped? They are so cute! A place in NM sells ostrich (emu & rhea too)
    hatching eggs but I figured they'd be really expensive...
     
  10. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    They are very cute as chicks, but please do not mistake them for the same as emu. They are much more dangerous, especially the males. They weight about 500 lbs, need stronger fences and males get very aggressive during breeding season. A friend of mine had to put her male down as he got so aggressive. Please do your homework on these before buying, they are not an impulse buy animal...... And placing an ostrich as an adult can be tricky.
     

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