Moon Ridge Rhea
Here at Moon Ridge we generally keep the white rhea , the breeding group is free to roam the large park enclosure , but are moved around the pens to suit their and our needs .
We love our rheas they are fascinating to watch , such fast and agile they swerve in and out at such speed and tend to have mad five minutes while they just race around the paddock , i assume they are enjoying them selves . Rhea are very inquisitve and just love to follow our vistitors around , always keeping a distance until food is offered
The rhea comes from the same family of birds as the ostrich and emu . They are a large flightless bird, unlike the emu of ostrich there are no restictions in keeping them . They are friendly , inquisitive and endearing , sheep fencing is adequate and they are not as adults at risk from the fox .Rheas are easy to get on with as they are smaller then you , they are very hardy and disease free . They will live on such feeds as clover, alfafa , flaked maise , ostrich of turkey compunds , lasyers pellets , waste cabbages , the top of root crops , insects earth worms and most flying insects ( they make great fly conrol) They also eat grass , tending to browse rather then graze . They also eat young thistles and docks ( so for this reason alone they are worth their investment ) on a smallholding.Our rhea eat pellets , grain , goat feed/ewe nuts and any waste vegetables or fruit then tend to have a peck at !!
As well as pet value rhea provide ultra low fat red meat which is very good to eat and gaining in popularity in this country .