How to Care for Baby Ostriches
Ostrich farming is becoming popular in the United States. Some people raise ostriches for the meat while other people raise ostriches for the oil that is used in cosmetics or for the feathers. If you want to get into ostrich farming, you will have to learn how to care for baby ostriches.
Caring for the Chick
3- Hobble your chick's legs if they are having difficulty walking. Speak to your vet or a knowledgeable ostrich farmer for more information about this step.
1- Refrain from providing food or water until your ostrich chicks are 6 to 8 days old. Ostrich chicks have a great deal of fluid in their tissues that needs to be absorbed so they can stay healthy and develop properly. However, some experts suggest feeding baby ostriches yogurt around day 2 or 3.
3- Give the chicks alfalfa and clover cuttings without the stems. The cuttings should not be wilted. If your provide cuttings, you will have to provide grit and gravel for the ostriches to eat to aid in proper digestion. Some experts put a few pebbles (about the size of a grain of rice) into the feed, while other experts simply provide the grit on the ground.
4- Place water for your ostriches in shallow containers that can't tip over. The containers should be at a proper height so the birds can't fall into them, but low enough so they can drink easily. One water bowl should be provided for every three food containers. In addition, you may need to put something shiny into the water for the first few days to attract the baby ostriches to the water bowl.
5- Add a vitamin supplement to your ostrich chicks' diet for the first few weeks.