If you've ever thought about ostrich farming, you will be glad to know that given the excellent weight gain to feed ratio and ease of handling that these large birds require, this is a viable option for anyone with a little bit of land. Environmentally friendliness and financial rewards are two reasons to get into this business.
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Things you need
- Land that is zoned for livestock
Determine whether you live in an area that can sustain an ostrich farm. High humidity can increase the amount of bacteria that is dangerous to the ostrich chicks.
Decide on the number of ostrich that you want to start out raising. They can breed in pairs, threes or groups. Females lay eggs every day for several weeks and then take a week or two break before resuming laying. These birds can live 30 years or more so you do not need a large herd of ostrich to make a profit.
Supply your ostrich with plenty of water. Each bird can drink over two gallons of water a day. Since they are free-range roamers for their food, make sure you have an abundance of alfalfa, soy or corn planted.
Determine how you want to market the by-products of ostrich farming. You will typically be selling the highly desirable, lean ostrich meat and the much coveted ostrich leather. To a lesser degree, you can find outlets for feathers.
Write a business plan for your ostrich farm that includes goals you want to attain, marketing ideas, risks involved and a plan for expansion.
Tips and warnings
- Do your research on veterinarians who are familiar with the ostrich. This can help you out when it comes to taking care of your birds.
- Never forget that you are dealing with living creatures who can sometimes contract disease that will wipe out an ostrich farm quickly.
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