Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by Machine gun hand, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. Machine gun hand

    Machine gun hand In the Brooder

    Jan 2, 2009
    Cascade foot hills wa
    Does any one here have any Ostriches? Are they dangerous? Difficult to raise in cold weather?
  2. Carolina Chicken Man

    Carolina Chicken Man Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    I think they are dangerous. I know they are capable of killing a person. I have a friend who is a painter, and he was doing some work for some people that had ostrich's . He went over to the gate to look at them, and it just hurled itself against the gate trying to get at him. It knocked the gate off, on top of my friend and had him pinned against a wall. It took a couple of people to get the gate off of him, And he's a big guy, 6'2" 250.

    I'm sure someone on here will say they aren't though.
  3. farmerlor

    farmerlor Songster

    They can be pretty dangerous but then my son was attacked by a turkey once and still bears that scar. Then again, that's the same son who was attacked by goose at a ZOO! Those nice, tame geese that they keep at zoos attacked this boy.....I'm thinking he's just not good with birds. Sorry to ramble at you. Yes, an ostrich CAN be dangerous.
  4. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    had a male as a pet, but during breeding season will protect the eggs and babies. I could go in the pen with mine. Should know how to handle them, like placing a hood over their head.

    Just like any large animal all can be dangerous, if not handle properly
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2009
  5. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    Somerset, CA
    I have a friend who commercially raised ostrichs and emus. He switched from ostrich to emus because the emus are easier to handle. I have a breeding pair of emu who were hand raised and quite tame. My male is quite protective of his nest and can be very agressive if a stranger enters the run when he's brooding.

    My emus are about the easiest of my critters to care for and sometimes hysterical to watch.

    Good luck with whatever you wind up with!
  6. I think they are dangerous...........I'm sure someone on here will say they aren't though.

    IMO- not ALL Ostrich are dangerous, just like not all dogs, geese or turkeys are dangerous.

    Just like any large animal all can be dangerous, if not handle properly

    Excellent point, I would add: if not housed properly.

    With ostrich, there are 3 types: Blacks, Blues & Reds. Blacks are the shortest (6 to 7 foot) and the most docile. Blues are the mediums (7-8 foot tall) and Reds are the tallest (8 foot plus) and the most aggressive.

    Most males become aggressive during breeding season, but tame males are usually the ones that get the worst as they are not afraid of people. But the young birds and hens are very curious and friendly birds. They are comical to watch as they can run and dart around turning on a dime, then they will spin in a circle and jump into the air. The breeding males have a cool display by kneeling and swaying their wings back and fourth while tossing their head from side to side.

    They can handle cold temps with dry shelter out of the wind.


    Randy www.spectrumranch.net
  7. Machine gun hand

    Machine gun hand In the Brooder

    Jan 2, 2009
    Cascade foot hills wa
    Where can I buy some?
  8. GuineaFowlKepper

    GuineaFowlKepper In the Brooder

    Jul 22, 2009
    Abbeville, AL
    Each individual is different. Females are usually mellow and chill, but males are just MEAN! At our zoo, we had a pair and they can be very dangerous. We had a protected contact policy with them. Their stalls in our African barn were seperated. We couldnt keep them overnight with each other, or with other hoofstock. They would chase around the Damma Gazelles and stress them out quite a bit. We had to donate them to another zoo... (Bham maybe?)

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