Ostrich For Sale

For Those Looking For An Ostrich For Sale and are Experienced Raising an Ostrich or Who Already Have an Established Ranch:

For raising an Ostrich up from 2 months to 14 months to slaughter.

Ordering Info:

At HeadntheSand, we require 25% + shipping on the total order to reserve a chick. When the chicks are ready to go and 2 months of age, we will have a courier deliver them or they can be picked up at our facility

If You Are New and Are Looking For An Ostrich For Sale, Please Take a Moment To Read This Entire Article:

The below information will apply to either raising or breeding Ostriches.

We understand that there is not a lot of reliable information on the web when our clients are looking for an ostrich for sale on how to properly raise ostriches at different stages of their lives.

How We Are Different:

When you purchase from HeadntheSand you will have our phone support for the life of your birds. Saying this, once your birds are full grown, they have one of the strongest immune systems on the planet.

Why this is important:

For example, if it’s 2am in the morning and you are having issues with your birds, you can call us and we will see what we can do. Not all vets are trained to help with Ratite issues, and there are many home remedies that we use. And if we don’t have the answer, we can get one for your in less than 12 hours!

In addition, we can help with anything from fencing to shelter to behavioral issues. Anything that you need, we are available to help you 24/7. Again, at HeadntheSand, we don’t leave you after the sale, we are here to help you during the entire duration of the bird’s life!

Why do you only sell ostrich chicks at 2 months?

There are other breeders out there that will sell day old baby ostriches. However, if you are not trained for this critical 2 month period, chance of survival is very small.

There are many important reasons for this:

1. Ostriches need to have bacteria in the adult ostrich feces so they can digest.

In the wild, they will eat their parent’s feces and this helps get the gut started. Although there are some schools of though that horse or cow manure can start this, (and this may work) going with feces from the parents themselves has proven to be the most healthy.

2. Baby ostriches need to be trained to eat and drink during this time.

3. We also address any issues if the baby ostriches will need to be hobbled. Sometimes, a bird’s leg go out form underneath them periodically and if this is the case, this will need to be corrected. in addition, baby ostriches will also need a rug to make sure their feet do not slide out from underneath.

4. 2 months gives our customers the chance to make sure their shelter and fencing is appropriate. (see below)

5. During the first 2 months they will need a constant temperature. During this time, we keep our baby ostriches inside at a stable temperature. Again, it is very easy for baby ostriches to die in extreme temperatures because they cannot regulate body temp until they are 3-4 months old. In addition, it also important to keep your chick dry (away from rain) so their body temperature does not drop.

6. Once baby ostriches are past 5 months, they can tolerate temperatures around 20 degrees as long as they are acclimated in our experience.

7. Conversely, adult birds are very hardy and are OK up to 22 below zero. While they are good up to 22 below zero, at around at 5 below, we set up heaters.

Fencing, Appropriate Shelter

Preparing your Fencing:

Fencing should be no less than 100′ x 50′ and the corners need to be rounded. The reason that we round the corners is to make sure that the male ostrich doesn’t run the female into the corners during mating and harm them. Your fence needs to be at least 6 foot tall. “T” posts are adequate. A post should be in the ground about every 4 feet.

Shelter is Vital:

You will need a run-in shelter with a wall on three sides. The roof needs to be at least 9 feet high. Since most ostriches stand close to 9 feet full-grown, they will be able to get in and out with ease. We recommend to make the run in shelter at least 15 feet deep by 20 feet wide to accommodate several ostriches. Inside of your shelter, fill it with sand (see below) instead of hay. Hay can and will mold and mold can be deadly or your birds.

Electricity:

We also recommend running electricity to your shelter or barn. The reason for the electricity is during the cold times (-5 degrees F or lower) you want to be able to plug in the heater just to take the chill off. Also you need to have a light on at night so that if they get spooked at night, they do not harm themselves.

Things to Watch For:

Make sure that there are no screws, nails or other metal objects that they can pick up and swallow. Ostriches will eat anything. Also, pick up any sticks or rocks that could be tripped on. Make sure that there are no anthills in or around your ostrich enclosures. Ants venom is lethal to an ostrich and can kill them.

Sand Pits:

In the enclosure, you will need to have a couple of sand pits or at the very least one for laying eggs. These pits need to be filled with concrete sand, not playground sand. Playground sand has too much silica for them. These pits should be able to be dug down in at least 3 feet. This will ensure that the roosters can dig down into the sand for the females. The sand inside of your shelter should be 6 inches to 1 foot deep.

Also, if possible, put a covering over the sandpit to keep it dry and to keep the birds dry while they are nesting.

Ostrich “Face Time”

We highly recommend spending at least an hour a day with them if possible so that when mating season comes around, they will continue to be friendly to you.

A Final Word of Caution:

Be very aware of mold in and around food for the water tank or anywhere else because it can be deadly.