Desaru Ostrich Farm - Where the Birds are as Comical as They are Big!
I was greatly cheered after my visit to the Desaru Ostrich Farm. Partly because it was the first time I've seen a real ostrich. But more because ostriches really make me laugh - they take on a human likeness when they stare curiously and comically into your face. (see picture above)
And my visit was also very educational - thanks to Joyce, my ostrich guide. She is so knowledgeable that I shall hereby pronounce her the 'Walking Encyclopedia of Ostrich Information'.
Of the many interesting things I learnt from her, I was most fascinated with her explanation of why there are 7 Treasures in An Ostrich. Indeed, every part (and I mean every part) of an ostrich is of use to humans. So here is a summary of what these 7 treasures are...
Ostrich feathers are great for making computer dusters. Unlike other feathers, ostrich feathers are anti-static and do not trap dust.
Ostrich Skin (Hide/Leather)
Ostrich skin can be made into many products. Tanned into leather, it can be dyed into a colour of your desire. It is made into bags, pouches, wall-hangs and many more.
Ostrich Fats (Oil)
This layer is just underneath the skin. It is eventually converted into ointments. Helps to relieve everything from skin diseases to headaches.
Tastes a bit like beef, but more tender and apparently healthier.
Ostrich Bones and Tendons
These are boiled in soups. They help to relieve conditions such as athritis and bone weakness.
Each ostrich egg is equivalent in volume to about 24 chicken eggs. And after you have drained the white and yolk out, the shell makes incredibly attractive lamp shades. See beautifully painted ostrich egg-shells at the farm's souvenir shop.
Ostrich as Pets
A pair of week-old chicks will set you back by about RM600 (RM300 each). If you get a pair of females, they may lay you an average of 120 eggs annually (2 X 60 eggs each) - your supply of eggs for the whole year!
Ha, ha. I bet you can't tell one from the other. And the one on the left is male! How can you tell? Clue: look at the colour of their beaks...
At the Desaru Ostrich Farm, fertilised eggs are incubated in machines.
The hatching process is never by chance.
These eggs are kept at a temperature of 40 degree Celsius over 42 days. Then the little ones begin to peck at the 2mm thick shells.
Once hatched, the chicks are given tender loving care, in a constant-temperature warmer.
Here, Joyce shows off 2 very pretty chicks.
At this stage, they are painfully shy. But not for long...
Once they could go about on their own, they begin to 'socialise'. These hens here seem to get along with each other.
In another enclosure, the ostriches just pecked and pecked at each other . A few have became featherless!
|Like humans, the beautiful female residents of Desaru Ostrich Farm like to flaunt their assets.|
|They are also do a bit of PR, amusing visitors with their curious, playful stares.|
Many farmed ostriches, however, end up in the stomachs of humans once they become adults.
This one ended up in mine.
Johor Farm Tour Plan: driving directions to Desaru Ostrich Farm
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