If you’ve ever been to Solvang, you likely saw signs for OstrichLand on the south side of highway 246 as you were driving in. If you were lucky, you may have even seen a few ostriches running around the fenced-in land leading up to the property.
I’ve been to the Solvang/Buellton area many-a-time and have never stopped at this kitchy tourist attraction, though I’ve always wanted to. This weekend, we finally made the stop.
In this instance, I think pictures are going to tell my story better than I can. To give you a brief description, paying the nominal admission fee is a million times better than the quick drive-by observation.
Ostrich Land is filled with ostriches and emus that you can pay an extra dollar to feed … definitely get the food. When they let you in, you are absolutely amazed by the quantity of the animals and their aggressive food-driven nature. Being that up close to these bizarre-looking animals is unlike any experience … they seem like aliens. This visit was hands down the most memorable part of the trip for me.
Watch this video to get a better feel for the experience.
The Ostrich is native to Africa, yet thrives in countries all over the world.
To help with digestion, ostriches also swallow sand and small stones to break down food in its gizzard. Ostriches in captivity have been known to swallow just about anything that can fit down their gullet, including coins, bicycle valves, alarm clocks, and even small bottles.
Ostrich farming is a viable alternative agricultural industry, with fine quality leather, feathers and gourmet meat as the principal products. Ostrich farming is now being done in countries all over the world including (but not limited to) China, Taiwan, India, Japan, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Isreal, United Kingdom, France, Canada, Mexico, Bazil, Costa Rica, and others.
The ostrich's eyes are about the size of billiard balls. They take up so much room in the skull that the ostrich's brain is actually smaller than either one of its eyeballs.
An Ostrich chick grows one foot taller each month until it is 7-8 months old.
You can see on the left behind me that one actually bit my butt while posing for this picture.
The emus had interesting blue-colored skin on their necks.
The emus were food-driven as well, but not nearly as much as their ostrich bretheren.
If you’d like more information, visit their website.