Omelette for 13 out of one ostrich egg in a farm near Almaty
Ostrich egg. Photo courtesy of ami-tass.ru
Ostriches are no longer exotic birds in Kazakhstan. Nowadays ostriches that are “made in Kazakhstan” live in Almaty, Astana, Karaganda, Zhezkazgan and Ust-Kamenogorsk farms, Tengrinews.kz reports. One ostrich egg is enough to feed 13 people with an omelette, Yevgeny Chaikovsky, the head of Almaty oblast Enbekshikazakh region farming enterprise said. Kazakhstan ostriches lay up to 35-40 eggs a year, each egge weighing up to 1.6 kilos. The sale price of such egg depends on its weight and varies from 3500 tenge (about $24) to 5000 tenge ($34). The demand for eggs is growing from year to year; however, the eggs sale is not so important now. The main goal of the farm is breeding black African ostriches. The farm’s pedigree flock consists of 68 birds now. “Today we’ve got our ostrich flock adapted to Kazakhstan's climate and fodder conditions. This is the pedigree flock used for further breeding. We breed the birds, but do not pith them. We sell two-week-old ostriches (one baby-ostrich costs $120), eggs and feathers. By the way, ostrich feathers are of the great value. Head-dresses for dancers are usually made from these feathers,” Chaikovsky said. Ostrich meat can be found in menus of some of the prominent restaurants in Kazakhstan, particularly in Almaty. It is rather expensive. The farm itself holds ostrich meat testings every three month. According to the farm’s director, Kazakhstan market is still adaptating to this new meat. The ostrich farm is an excellent tourist attraction. Tourists from the CIS, Europe and Japan visit the farm to see how the birds have adapted to the severe conditions of Almaty oblast. Up to 600 people visit the farm during a week-end.