Large scale Ostrich farming originated in South Africa and commenced in the UK in the early 1990s.
Ostriches adapt well to UK conditions with the only concession necessary to the climate being the provision of indoor housing facilities.
Due to our long summer daylight hours the laying pattern can often be higher than that of a hotter climate.
Ostriches commence laying between 2 and 3 years of age but do not reach full maturity until 7 years.
A mature adult can produce up to 25 to 35 chicks per annum. As well as the provision of indoor housing, all birds require access to outdoor runs fenced with high tensile fencing.