African exotic on white snow. Ostrich farm in the Kiev region (February, 2003)

African exotic on white snow. Ostrich farm in the Kiev region (February, 2003)

Sklyarenko Elina Olegovna

When you wake up one day and realize that life becomes monotonous, and the soul sadly asks for a holiday, you involuntarily think about it - and in fact, what we lose, if this is the “holiday”, can be made from a simple “sobering trips to nature ", in any wondrous place, right near Kiev.

So it was on that Sunday morning, when the children had long awakened and shouted merrily something from our room, and we just lay there and silently exchanged thoughts: “Well Here, another day off - oh, how are all the resurrections alike! No, oh well do something about this? "

On an ostrich farm

Scroll through the map of the Kiev region - where would you breathe fresh air? And for the window is already minus 10, fresh snow is sparkling. Although a couple of hours from the usual urban fuss! "Children, get dressed, today we are going to a wonderful place, to look at the wonderful birds! "

How could we forget? We have long been going to go to this farm, so how many we were told about her Why not see everything with your own eyes? It doesn't matter that we didn't call back (and warned that it is necessary to call back) - we hope for a “will of chance”, maybe get lucky and we get on a tour. And no, and so rest - wander through the woods, get some fresh air. Our children love to travel - go and how can longer, just to go ... ... ...

We write down a location, We look again at a detailed map of the area, I once again mark the small towns of ours the ways ... And, go ahead!

We leave on the highway Kiev - Zhytomyr (direct route from Victory Avenue). Here, we rush along the excellent road to the village Mriya (Dream) and turn left. For car lovers, I note that the turn from the village will be slightly ahead on the highway. You you will have to drive forward and then turn back along the highway and from there, to the right on s. Yasnogorodku (there is a pointer-turn on the "Shpitka"). And then you have to constantly stick to the road to the right. The card mercilessly lies when it indicates on a flat road.In fact, the road winds. Hold on to not get lost to the right. "Shpitki - Negrashi - Lychanka - Yasnogorodka".

Oh, what a gorgeous Pine forest! Huge pines, pine forest, there is almost no snow in the forest. Wonderful beauty marvelous nature, wonderful clean air. The snow glistens in the sun, and the eyes involuntarily squint.

Drive up to the signpost "Makarovsky district." And here is the village Yasnogorodka.

You will go - do not enter the village, you are in front of the village, in front of the market, immediately to the right, along the forest, along Podlesnaya street. Another 150 meters. We saw the sign "To ostriches "on a wooden signpost, it means that you were not mistaken, but you need to drive slightly ahead, around the farm, and drive up from behind. Large birds are visible from a distance. imposingly strolling along the enclosures, and a large area of ​​the farm with buildings. Not surprisingly - 12 hectares + land area under crops! Cute

The distance to the farm - It is about 30km, about 20-30 minutes on the way, a well-groomed road.

This is the biggest ostrich farm in Ukraine! In early April, she will celebrate her biennium. Total amount ostriches of different ages, today about 200.

And the birds are served by 12 specialists who simultaneously conduct scientific and breeding work.

It is noticeable that the ostriches perfectly adapted to the Ukrainian climate and domestic food - calm gracious bird, impressively nursing at ten degrees of frost, as if she was not at all an African ostrich. Apparently, she forgot ...

Kids on this farm were brought from Belgium and now the third year, our Ukrainian ostriches, live and breed here actively.

A young man, apparently a farm worker, met us at the entrance. With voltage we are waiting to be turned home ... Unfortunately, and not always, work on Sunday museums and exhibitions. And here the economy, work is in full swing, and we came to "take a look." But ... A smiling young man kindly nods his head and invites to come in. inside! Hurray, we will see THIS!

He tells everything, kindles interest in our eyes, proposes to come and see the individual "most-most" individuals, our "Ukrainian elite ", their pride.

And these amazing birds with genuine interest watching us. Lord, what eyes! These charming and beautiful, huge eyes with eyelashes, like a man! How they look! This look you remember for a long time and you want to meet him again and again. Truly magnificent creations.

On an ostrich farm

The ostrich nods in a peculiar way and tries something. peck Is he begging? Or hungry? No, it turns out, such head movements he must do a day before two hundred. Nature ... .. He pecks something in the air, pinches the fence, weed .... Interesting. Everyone silently watched a flock of ostriches, and they are for us. We move forward, and a flock of us. A little later pay attention that ostriches are curious creatures. All livestock is divided into small families, for individual fences. And all these fences are clearly visible through the whole farm. We go, and the families go - smoothly, along the fences, looking at us.

Some biology

African ostrich(Struthio camelus)

Nadoryad running birds, called still flat-chested or beskilevym. Ostrich farmers call ostriches - “livestock with wings”. The species name “Struthio camelus” is derived from the Latin camelus (camel) and given for the resemblance of ostriches with the latter - bulging eyes and eyelashes, their large size and habitat in the desert. Today it is the only living species. Other are subspecies.

On an ostrich farm

“Struthio camelus” - the largest among running the birds.The male, standing on his feet, reaches a height of 2.4 m. It can weigh more than 100 kg. The female is slightly inferior to the male.

In case of danger quickly run, taking steps at 4-5 m and at a speed of up to 70 km / h. Ostriches do not hide head in the sand is a delusion.

S.c. characterized by a small flat head with big eyes, equipped with eyelashes on the upper eyelid, open bare ears, flat straight beak, with horny claw on the mandible and two spurs on the wings. Oral fissure reaches the eyes. Males differ brighter black and white plumage. In females and young plumage of the body gray, feathers of the wings and tail — dirty white. Real feathers appear on the second month, and the black feathers of the males — in the second year. S. attains full growth. only four years later. They are extremely voracious and often swallow things. completely unsuitable for food.

The terrestrial lifestyle of the ostrich led to the reduction of the flying musculature But he has well-developed two-footed legs that make an ostrich strong and hardy runner. In speed, he can compete with a race horse.

Nest represents hole in the sand, where several females lay eggs (7-8 pieces each female); the weight of one egg is from 1.5 to 2 kg (three dozen chicken eggs). Productive The ostrich season lasts from March to October. Egg production of one female 40-80 eggs and more per season. The egg is white. Night eggs hatches male, in the afternoon - female. Eat mainly vegetable food - grass, leaves, fruits.

Puberty at males comes at the age of 24-30 months, females in 18-24 months. It is advisable to get hatching ostrich eggs. contain up to 30-35 years of age.

On an ostrich farm

It tolerates both high (+ 30-35 C) and low (-20-25 C) temperature.

On the farm there is a cozy little zoo. Very cozy and interesting place for children. Great delight at my Marina called goats, which are very affectionate and very tame. Beasts can ironing, hugging and chatting J, what my girls used. Well, where else can you meet domestic animals - such well-groomed and kind? Still in the zoo there are pheasants - beautiful birds with amazing plumage, ducks, geese, sheep and deer.

On an ostrich farm

Not far from the mini-zoo, there is a plot with young individuals - strausyatami.These are very funny creatures. Indescribable delight in communicating with kids. Little girls hugging with their necks, and what they just did, a sea of ​​rapture - a sea of ​​emotions. This is very curious creatures, like all children. Strausyatam was 3 months. You stand completely near - some lovely eyes fascinatingly look into your hands, and the neighbor is already unleashing You laces, or pulls the jacket locks. Loved my crimson mittens Vasilisa - they were plucked, licked and bitten by the whole herd of young creatures. I do not know, maybe they liked the color.

On an ostrich farm

Attention, parents! The farm has a restaurant. Here you can fry kebabs or cook scrambled eggs from ostrich eggs.

If you want to taste these dishes, you need to will call and place an order in a restaurant for a certain number of people. Farm staff will gladly accept and treat you to meals. We managed to try only scrambled eggs - we just bought an ostrich egg and cooked it at home. In nutrition use, eat-but, not fertilized eggs. For example, to cook an ostrich egg “Cool” takes about 45 minutes. We worked very hard for Pour the contents of the eggs into a bowl.Content is blown out of the egg through 2 holes, one of which is inserted into the tube. And the number is just amazing - about 1.5 l. Taste? To be honest, like a normal chicken egg, only softer, softer and the color is not so yellow. I will not say that I liked it very much.

Ostrich meat, soon future, can replace traditional types of meat. This is due to the fact that Ostriches are not sick of those dangerous diseases that are so common in large cattle, among birds, in Western Europe and the Ukraine.

Ostrich meat is considered one of the leanest (fillet contains 1.2% fat), has a very low cholesterol content (about 32 mg per 100 g) and high protein (about 22%). The meat is exceptionally tender. to the taste.

Unnoticed flew 2 hours tour. Children are very I liked it, regardless of the ten-degree frost and wind ... Of course, we will come again maybe in the summer to mingle with these amazing birds and once again get a charge of positive emotions from communication with nature.

Kiev oblast. (Makarovsky district),
Yasnogorodka, st. Podlesnaya, 32.
http://www.ostrich.com.ua

For all interested, the coordinates of the farm office in Kiev:

Kiev
st.

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    African exotic on white snow. Ostrich farm in the Kiev region (February, 2003)

    African exotic on white snow. Ostrich farm in the Kiev region (February, 2003)

    African exotic on white snow. Ostrich farm in the Kiev region (February, 2003)

    African exotic on white snow. Ostrich farm in the Kiev region (February, 2003)

    African exotic on white snow. Ostrich farm in the Kiev region (February, 2003)

    African exotic on white snow. Ostrich farm in the Kiev region (February, 2003)

    African exotic on white snow. Ostrich farm in the Kiev region (February, 2003)

    African exotic on white snow. Ostrich farm in the Kiev region (February, 2003)

    African exotic on white snow. Ostrich farm in the Kiev region (February, 2003)

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