We began our tour by boarding a tractor pulled wagon and proceeded towards the cages where the adults and teen aged ostriches (yearlings) were housed. We learned that the adult males are separated into individual pens along with 3-4 females in order to keep them from fighting over the lovely ladies.
Next stop was the yearlings and were they ever excited to see us! They came running to us at top speeds ( DYK : ostriches can run 70kms per hour!) , pushing and shoving to get to the front for feeding time! Our moms and tots were a little overwhelmed by this massive stampede and most took a step back to avoid getting their fingers and toes nibbled on!
We then headed back to the nursery to take a peek in to see the cute, not so tiny babies. We learned that they need to stay in a well heated environment for the first 6 months and are then moved to the outside pens where they are able to survive even through our cold winter days. After seeing the babes, most of our moms opted not to try the ostrich burgers and munched on their brown bagged lunches instead. I on the other hand have had ostrich burgers in the past and know what a great treat they are so I wasn't shy to get my order in for lunch. Delicious!
A big shout out to our momstown Guelph mama Leanne for organizing such a wonderful and educational outing for our momstown mamas!