How big are ostrich eggs?

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “How big are ostrich eggs?” and answer other related questions like “How do ostriches lay their eggs?” and “ What are the unique facts about ostrich eggs?”.
 

How big are ostrich eggs?

First to answer the question, ‘how big are ostrich eggs?’ We can say that they are approximately 6 inches long and 5 inches wide. Ostriches lay their eggs in a pit, in a dry and warm climate.

And there are many unique facts about ostrich eggs that we’ll discuss in the following article. 

Ostriches are the largest birds in the world. There are two types of ostrich birds, the common ostrich and the Somali ostrich.

Ostrich birds lay the largest eggs than any other land animal. They can also run faster than any other bird. Ostriches are also the heaviest birds of all and are flightless. 

The color of an ostrich’s egg ranges from tan to bone-white and is very shiny. Ostrich eggs are expensive as compared to chicken eggs. Egg from an ostrich can serve the equivalent of 24-chicken egg omelets. 

As for the question of whether it is edible, yes, an ostrich egg is edible, one can eat them.
One egg contains around 2,000 calories.

Compared to that of a chicken egg, it has more magnesium and iron, but fewer vitamins E and A. Like any regular poultry egg, an ostrich egg can be scrambled, boiled, and fried. However, the cooking time may be longer as the ostrich egg is larger in size. 

Considering the thick shell of the egg, one will need to follow a number of special steps to prepare any dish. Ostrich egg is known to be one of the healthiest eggs similar to chicken eggs. It is easily digestible. It is very lean and full of savory flavor. 

Now that we know that the egg from an ostrich is edible and quite a few dishes can be prepared, let us now answer the question ’how big are ostrich eggs?’.

The female ostrich lays her fertile eggs in a communal nest, in a pit 30 to 60 cm deep with the help of the male ostrich who scraps them. A female ostrich knows which eggs are her own.

An ostrich can lay 1-2 eggs a week during their breeding season. They are known to produce eggs for up to 30 years.

What are the characteristics of an ostrich egg?

Size

They are approximately 6 inches long and 5 inches wide.

Weight

An ostrich egg on average weighs around 3 pounds. It contains nearly 2 pounds of egg protein. The egg is equivalent to 2 dozen chicken eggs.

Color

The eggs of the ostrich are shiny and cream coloured.

Place of laying eggs 

Ostriches lay their eggs in a pit, in a dry and warm climate.

Shape

Compared to eggs of other birds, an ostrich egg is oval in shape and has a thick shell. 

Time

Ostrich eggs take more than 45 days to get hatched. Both male and female ostriches sit on the eggs to incubate them. 

Breeding season

The breeding season in a year for ostriches is somewhere between April and September. 

Ostrich eggs are not commonly eaten around the world but in South Africa, they are quite common. The eggs are highly nutritious. It somewhat takes an hour to cook an ostrich egg completely. They are a good source of vitamin B12, folic acid, magnesium, and iron. 

Apart from using the eggs for the purpose of consumption, many various ancient cultures are known to have used the outer shell of the egg as tools.


The ostrich egg is an enigmatic delicacy. One needs to have a good level of skills to be able to properly cook something delicious out of an ostrich egg. Ostrich eggs are not easily available everywhere and are considered a luxury food.

One ostrich egg can feed up to 10 people! That’s how big they are when seen in terms of cooking a dish. Ostriches are mostly found in Africa today. The Somali ostrich is found in the Horn of Africa. 

Conclusion


In this brief guide, we will address the query, “How big are ostrich eggs?” and answer other related questions like “How do ostriches lay their eggs?” and “ What are the unique facts about ostrich eggs?”. 


The taste of an ostrich egg is similar to the taste of a chicken’s egg and its shell is also used for the purpose of decoration. 

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