Ostriches Get Back To Work

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 8:40am

Hens are laying again, bringing end to NYC ostrich egg shortage.

Ostriches are laying eggs again at a New Jersey farm, where they had been lagging behind on the job because of poor weather conditions.

The finicky hens hadn't been producing as many eggs because of the rainy spring.

Roaming Acres owner Todd Appelbaum said the famously fast birds are a little picky.

"They do what they want, when they want, and if it's not nice out they don't really lay many eggs," he said.

The farm supplies the eggs, which are growing in popularity, to New York City's Union Square greenmarket and a number of restaurants, including Blue Hill and Gentleman Farmer.

A fresh egg sells for about $30 and weighs 4 pounds.

It takes two hours to boil.

The farm is the only ostrich farm in the metro area.
 

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