How to Care for Adult Ostriches
Ostrich farming has been popular in other countries for years, and is recently becoming popular in the United States. Ostriches are farmed for their meat, feathers and a hide that is similar to leather. While caring for adult ostriches is easier than ostrich chicks, there are many things that you need to do to keep adult ostriches healthy.
1- Decide how you're going to house your ostriches. There is a great deal of debate about whether to house ostriches in male and female pairs, separate them according to sexes, separate them depending on the breeding season or turn several male and female ostriches together in a large area. However, most experts agree that juvenile ostriches from 1 year old until sexual maturity should be separated by the sexes.
3- Feed your adult ostriches pelleted food and provide roughage such as alfalfa and clover cuttings. If you provide cuttings, you will need to provide grit and gravel to aid in proper digestion. Farm ostriches that are laying eggs may need additional calcium and phosphorous additions to their diet.
5- Do not wear anything shiny when caring for your ostriches since they are very attracted to shiny objects. Adult ostriches can also be aggressive, especially during mating season.