rhea meat

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by coffeepheasant, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. coffeepheasant

    coffeepheasant Out Of The Brooder

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    i have a smallholding and i have always wanted rheas but never been able to think what worth they would have! is there a market for rhea meat in the U.K [​IMG]
     
  2. Habbakuk

    Habbakuk Out Of The Brooder

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    I do believe there is a market for rhea meat in the UK, or other countries for that matter, but it might not be a very large one. It is gaining in popularity, but I think many people are not psychologically prepared for it yet. The Rhea provides ultra low-fat red meat which is very good to eat. It's fat content being only 1% the best parts being similar to fillet steak.

    So it's a great game meat, but like I said, with many foods, we in Western countries put ourselves in a box and don't like eating things unfamiliar to us.
     
  3. coffeepheasant

    coffeepheasant Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replie [​IMG] that sounds interesting i might try and get into it !!!! Any excuse to have some rheas i love them [​IMG]
     
  4. casuarius

    casuarius Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Their used to be a small market for Rhea meat, but never as much as emu and ostrich. After the fall out, people started killing out all the ostrich, emus, and rheas because they were worthless. Well there were never many rheas in the US to begin with, and they were nearly wiped out. Because of that, they have become more of a hobby/ornamental bird, and the prices have risen somewhat again. Im now able to get $600/pr for grey chicks, and $1000/pr for white chicks.
     

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