Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Mar 26, 2016
So our reasoning for getting ostriches was a little unusual. We actually got them because we had a problem with coyotes killing our chickens ducks and turkeys. Adding a bird that was as big as a person, well, actually at least twice my size, took care of the problem.
A side benefit that we got was that these guys had gigantic eggs. Imagine one egg making omelets for a dozen people. Flavor wise the eggs are very similar to duck eggs with how rich the yolks are.
We did actually slaughter a couple, and they were entirely dark meat and it was wonderful. The two major problems with these guys is, they eat a lot, and a bad winter means they will need lots of feed. The other is that they are somewhat aggressive. It was a plus for the coyotes, but we could barely pet them as they were very temperamental. I should also note that obviously they need a ton of space to run, due to their gigantic size.