Their ostrich farm was opened in Barangay Malanang, Opol, Misamis Oriental in Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao. They bought their first three pairs of breeding ostriches from Australia in July 1996. The first ostrich egg that was laid on August 30, 1996, but the hatching failed. After improvements were made to the facilities and to the egg-handling techniques, a live ostrich chick hatched for the first time in February 1997. Afterwards, the Limketkais bought two additional groups of breeding ostriches from Texas, United States. The business later opened its facilities "to the public for supervised tours".
Ostrich farming in the Philippines
How much does it cost to own an ostrich?
An ostrich costs around $525, having the age of 30-60 days. While the price doubles if the age of the bird goes beyond 90 days. While the yearlings cost around $2500/bird.
One adult ostrich can provide around 100 kilos of red meat, which can be sold for 400–500 pesos (US$8–11 as of January 2014) per kilo.
Lifespan: In the wild, ostriches live 30 to 40 years. But in captivity, ostriches have been known to live until their 70.
By six months, a chick is almost at its full-grown height; at 3 or 4 years, it will reach maturity. An ostrich can live 50 to 75 years. The largest and heaviest living bird, the ostrich is flightless and instead is built for running.
How much does an ostrich eat per day? Ostriches in captivity are typically fed between 3 to 4lbs (1.3kg to 1.8kg) of food every day, which includes any grit or stones required to help them digest food in their gizzards.
Is there a market for ostriches?
Not only is the demand high for ostrich products, but ostrich products also sell for a high price. Justin says a pound of ground ostrich can go for $14. Unfertilized eggs, which usually weigh between 2 and 4-1/2 pounds, may sell for $40, and live chicks for $500.
Ostrich meat, for the time being, is expensive, mostly because of the high demand from the few farms there are. Alex sells ostrich steaks for $90 per three pounds, and my own half-pound filet from Roaming Acres was $13 (so $26 per pound).
Under natural conditions, a female ostrich lays 12–18 eggs. Under farm conditions, young females produce 10–20 eggs in the first year and from 40 to 130 eggs annually (most often 40–60 eggs) in subsequent years.
Reduced waste by using virtually every part of the animal to create value-added products like pet foods , oil, soap, eggs, and more. Ostriches produce less than 1/10 the greenhouse gases per pound produced of beef. Ostrich emit significantly less methane than beef, pork, or sheep.
If you are keen on keeping an ostrich in your home, the DENR can issue a Certificate of Wildlife Registration. Owners based in Metro Manila can get this certificate from the Wildlife Resources Permitting Section at the DENR-NCR.