How Much Does an Ostrich Egg Cost?
Purchasing an ostrich egg is one of the ways that you can purchase an ostrich. However, ostrich eggs can also be eaten. According to research conducted into the DNA of birds, one of the possible reasons some birds cannot fly is that they had grown so large over the generations when during the mass extinction of dinosaurs, they swooped in and took up the newly available feeding areas, rummaging on the ground, and eventually became too heavy to fly anymore. One of the birds identified in the study was the ostrich.
But even if the ostrich “lost” its ability to fly, it has become the fastest runner, having a maximum running speed of more than 40 miles per hour. An ostrich also produces the largest egg any living bird can have. Measuring approximately 6 inches in length and 15 to 18 inches in circumference, an ostrich egg can weigh around 2.5 pounds.
How much does it cost?
- Depending on the size of the egg, the costs of an ostrich egg are going to be anywhere from as little as $25 to as much as $75 per egg. The larger the egg is, the more it is going to cost.
- Floeckscountry.com, for example, offers a variety of ostrich eggs for sale. Their Jumbo Fresh Ostrich Egg for Eating retails for $75 while their Extra Large Fresh Ostrich Egg for Eating retails for $60. On the other hand, a large egg can cost $50 while a medium can cost $40.
- Ostrichgrowers.com, charges $45 for each egg.
What is going to be included?
- The availabiity of these eggs is going to vary by the farmer growing them. For example, the availability of ostrich eggs at HeartRich Ostrich is between March and September. While other farmers say that their ostrich eggs are available from April to early June.
- Eggs will range anywhere from 15 to 18 inches in diameter. Small eggs are those that are less than 15″ in diameter while those over 18″ are considered to be a jumbo egg.
- An uncooked ostrich eggs has 2,000 calories.
- Similar to a chicken egg, an ostrich egg has comparable amounts of fat, protein, calcium, vitamin A and folic acid per serving. However, there are many more servings within an ostrich egg.
What are the extra costs?
- Shipping and handling costs are not included in the prices given. Due to the nature of these eggs, shipping costs can around $5 to $20 depending on the size and weight of the package. Priority mailing options are going to cost more.
Factors that influence the price:
- The prices of fresh ostrich eggs for eating and hatching eggs vary from one source to another.
- The cost of fresh hatching eggs may also be affected by infertility issues. Farmers are sometimes faced with unfertilized egg problems which limit their success in breeding programs.
- The shell makes the most expensive part of the ostrich egg.
Tips to know:
- One ostrich egg for eating is more or less equivalent to two dozen chicken eggs.
- The taste of an ostrich egg is just like that of a chicken egg; although it is a little sweeter and cooks up fluffier.
- What makes many people interested in an ostrich egg is its novelty appeal.
- It takes more time to cook an ostrich egg because its shell is thicker and harder than that of a chicken.
- You will need a big frying pan to cook an ostrich egg.
- When properly refrigerated, an ostrich egg may remain fresh either in its shell or in a sealed container for about 4 to 6 weeks.
- The shiny shell of an ostrich egg occurs because, soon after laying her egg, the female ostrich spreads on a coating to the shell to protect it from bacteria. The coating makes the shell shiny.
How can I save money?
- Compared to a carton of eggs, ostrich eggs are actually pretty expensive. If you are worried about saving money, it is probably best to stick with the normal carton of eggs that you purchase at the grocery store.
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