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J.R. Davis
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So, this may come out of left field, but has anyone ever considered incorporating ostriches into their livestock plan?

They've got great meat, leather, and feathers, but most interestingly, they can be very territorial and attack predators. I grew up in South Africa and many sheep farmers there will incorporate a couple ostriches into the herd purely for herd protection - they've got great eyesight, are very fast, and are devastating with their talons.

Anyways, just curious
 
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has anyone ever considered incorporating ostriches into their livestock plan?

Good question.
Ostriches, like guinea hens are VERY territorial, but the ostrich is much more aggressive against larger predators than the guineas.
 
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The problem l have with idea is that ostriches make sheep look like Harvard students . Plus they cost a lot
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And ostriches are quite adept at killing people too. To each their own, I suppose. A donkey is the most dangerous animal I'd be willing to keep in my own farm.
 
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Expensive? Yeah, it's probably not cheap to get a few into the US, but the payoff could be pretty good (especially if you're in an arid or semi-arid region)

Now, I haven't heard of any farmer deaths by ostrich, but I have heard of intruders being viciously kicked who've startled them. And as for them being bird-brained, remember, we have that adjective for a reason.

I dunno. I've seen it work with the birds as livestock and as guardians. It's just not done outside of Africa, so there's very little ever discussed or written about it, which is why I'm wondering if anyone's stuck their neck out and tried it.
 
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Not sure you would have to import them from Africa I know they are ostrich farms in the U.K. So l asssume there are some in the USA both the meat feathers  and eggs have value
 
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