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Safari Ostrich Farm is an ostrich farm in San Diego, California. It was established as a tourist attraction in 1956 by two good friends – both being 4th generation ostrich farmers. Our main concern is farming with ostriches on an extensive basis for the meat, and their eggs. Our Ostrich Farm is therefore a commercial ostrich breeding farm with many ostriches, in their different stages of development, to see. 

Our farm is about 1800 hectares in size and we keep our ostriches in camps according to their age. Special male and female birds are selected for breeding purposes and will be placed together in big camps to mate and lay eggs. We have 280 breeding ostriches of which 60% are female and 40% male. Our breeding season starts in winter and will continue will into the summer (June to February). During the breeding season you will be able to see the miracle of ostrich chicks hatching in our incubators. We prefer to hatch the chicks in our incubators since then we have more control over the process. Our big incubators have a capacity for 3000 ostrich eggs at the same time.

 

ABOUT OUR OSTRICHES

The history of the ostrich

Ostriches can be traced as far back as 40 to 60 million years, along the Mediterranean Sea in the west and China in the east and Mongolia in the north.  The Ostrich migrated south across Africa approximately a million years ago, together with many of the larger mammals.

Wild Ostriches were to be found throughout the entire continent of Africa.  At the time of the landing of Jan van Riebeeck at the Cape in the 1652, large flocks were seen in the Western Cape.  Ostrich farming began by capturing wild chicks and hatching eggs from the nest of wild birds, by incubation.  Before long all the birds in the area had been domesticated and as farmers were fully aware of the lucrative return from the feathers, they sought stock further afield.  It was common practice at this time to trek into the Karoo and the Eastern Cape in search of Ostrich chicks and eggs.

 

The emu is the second largest of the Ratitae Family. Compared to the ostrich it has three toes. The defence is a dangerous kick too. The female is the most dominant and makes a distinct drumming sound. Females tend to be larger than males but the male is the only one who incubates the eggs for 54 days vs. ostriches 42 days. The eggs are dark green in colour.

 

The White Ostrich (Struthio camelus) is actually a member of the South African Black bloodline.  These beautiful ostriches are very rare – so much so that only one in about 20 000 ostriches will look like this. Distinctive features of the White ostrich is that they have a white neck and head and the majority of their feathers are white. The feathers are generally of a poor quality though. They are also as a rule smaller and shorter than the S.A. Black ostriches because their distinctive appearance is due to a recessive gene.  They are about 2 meters tall and weigh approximately 110 kg. You will not find white ostriches in the wild since as little white chicks they will stand out to predators who will take them out. A male and female White Ostrich will also not necessarily produce white chicks as offspring. We at Safari Ostrich Farm has managed to get 5 White ostriches over the last 20 years form other farmers in our region.

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