Hubby’s Naval daughter was home last week and they all went (I was working) to Ostrichland, USA!
I had no idea that Ostrichland, USA existed! Evidently, you go there … there are ostriches and emus everywhere, roaming the hills. Some of them come to the fencelines to be fed. The feeding is rather aggressive… so there are tall fences with holes to put in a sturdy scoop for them to pick.
(I’ve met a pair of ostriches before… they were guarding a ranch I visited a while back. Very scary. They can run really fast and you don’t want to be kicked by them. I was terrified, to be honest. They were GREAT guard birds. Totally intimidating.)
I asked Hubby about the store and what they sold. Typically, he didn’t notice… but he did take lots of pics. He said that It was incredible to see them all up close. Also, he said that seeing them roam the hills was ‘prehistoric’. They look like dinosaurs.
Oh, and ONE Ostrich egg equals a dozen chicken eggs. However, no eggs were on sale. He didn’t see any products made from ostriches for sale.
I went to the website and tried to find anything about the history of the farm or what they produce there… and I found none of that. It seems to be more of a zoo type business. Not sure.
I wish my Hubby and daughter would have found the wings to take a pic! I love those wings!
Considered a Central Coast landmark, OstrichLand USA in Buellton is a popular destination and a great first stop when you’re headed to the quaint Danish themed town of Solvang, the Chumash Casino, or Santa Ynez Valley wineries.
Our 100+ amazing ostriches and emus are adored by people of all ages. Locals often bring guests to see “Buellton’s favorite pets.”
You can think of OstrichLand like a zoo. Our Ostriches and Emus are here for your enjoyment. Visitors are invited to feed the animals, or just stand back and enjoy the interactions and antics of these unbelievably large birds.
You’ll find our Ostriches and Emus have been raised to be fed by the visitors and are trained to eat out of a bowl. We even have two female Ostriches who were hand-raised in the store (until they grew too big, of course!)
We now have babies!
We have been hatching birds and will possibly have babies for public viewing. As in the past, our babies are not for sale. They are fun to see. The best time for viewing ostrich chicks is during the summer months. They grow quickly and will be juveniles by the time winter arrives. Emu chicks typically hatch in late-winter and early-spring.
Next time you’re traveling through California, be sure to allow time for a stop at OstrichLand USA. We’d love to meet you and introduce you to our captivating flightless friends.
Did You Know?
Our ostriches can be seen in the Fox Searchlight film Sideways, which features the Santa Ynez wine region of California’s Santa Barbara County?
Our two-toed amigos have their first cameo appearance while Miles, Jack, Maya and Stephanie are driving to a picnic. Later, Jack gets acquainted with them on his trip from Buellton to Solvang.
Because of this, OstrichLand USA is included on “Sideways, the map” a Santa Barbara County wine country tour inspired by the movie.
OstrichLand Was Used in an Episode of The Simpsons
An episode of the Simpsons – entitled, “How Munched is That Birdie in the Window?” – features a Simpsons version of Ostrich Land. Crew members from the Simpsons visited the farm in 2010 to draw inspiration for the Simpson’s version, which they called “Ostrich World”.