Todd Appelbaum, owner of Roaming Acres in Andover, New Jersey, the only ostrich farm in the greater New York area, has had a difficult year. Poor weather in early spring caused his hens to hold back from laying eggs right away — ostriches prefer to lay eggs when the sun is shining — costing him $150,000. Now, he is losing the lease on his land.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Appelbaum may have to shut down his business if he can’t find a new place to house his 300-strong flock. Apparently, big birds aren’t the best neighbors — nearby residents have complained about damages inflicted by the ostriches. Tri-Farms, Roaming Acres’ landlord, decided it wouldn’t renew its lease, which expires at the end of September.
Have a couple of acres to spare for 300 large flightless birds? There are some really big eggs in it for you, which you can use for a multitude of fun activities.