Ostrich dog treats! Fresh Ostrich Bones Make Tail-Wagging Good Dog Treats!

Ostrich dog treats! Fresh Ostrich Bones Make Tail-Wagging Good Dog Treats!

Ostrich dog treats.

Yes, you read that right! Today Maui and I are going to tell you about a new dog treat out on the market made from ostrich.

Not too long ago I set up a Google alert to tell me about any new dog treats coming on to the scene. One of the first alerts I received was about an ostrich ranch in North Carolina that was going to start producing dog treats using ostrich leg and foot bones. I reached out to Misty Morning Ranch and asked if they would be willing to send one out for Maui to try. To Maui’s excitement, they said yes!

Misty Morning Ranch

Gaby and Ryan Olufs left Los Angeles and moved to Robbins North Carolina with a passion for sustainability and farming. They purchased a 60 acre ranch and after researching and learning as much as they could about farming, decided to raise ostriches!

Gaby and Ryan found other ostrich farmers in NC at Hilltop Ostrich Farms who quickly became their mentors. With knowledge gained from the owners of Hilltop Ostrich Farms Gaby and Ryan opened Misty Morning Ranch in 2016. The ranch family has sense expanded to include Ryan’s brother and Gaby’s sister and brother-in-law to help with all of the ranch operations.

Products

Of course Misty Morning Ranch sells ostrich meat, that’s their main purpose. They also offer other various products including bones for dogs!

In case you’re curious, other products they offer are a few leather goods, ostrich oils, ostrich oil body butter, and ostrich oil lip balm.

The Bones for Dogs

The ostrich bones for dogs are made from ostrich leg and foot bones.

I learned something interesting about ostrich legs. Misty Morning Ranch told me that ostriches walk on their toes! The long bone that looks like it would be a shinbone is actually the foot! The bone above the first joint is the leg bone!

Ostrich Leg and Foot Bones

Not knowing anything about ostriches I was concerned about making dog treats out of ostrich bones. Generally poultry bones are very soft and brittle and are very bad choices for dogs. Misty Morning informed me that both the foot and leg bone are weight-bearing. Because these bones bear weight whenever the bird is standing, they are very thick walled bones (not thin and brittle like other poultry bones).

This makes them a much safer choice as a bone for dogs.

To read more about giving bones to dogs read our Should I Give my Dog Bones post.

How are Ostrich Dog Treats Made

The process for making the dog bones is pretty simple. Via email, Misty Morning Ranch let me in on the process.  While at the processor, the ostrich leg bones are cut into pieces then packed and vacuum sealed. These packs are placed into a deep freezer for at least 24 hours. After freezing, the packs are opened and the bones are soaked in soy sauce for three hours then baked for one hour. They say this process “sterilizes and preserves the bones while still keeping the marrow”.

Ostrich bone dog treatWhat They Look Like

Looking on the Misty Morning Ranch website, you can get the ostrich bones in four different sizes ranging from small to extra-large. Here’s a picture of what Maui’s bone looked like when we received it. This one is about 4-5 inches long.

Maui’s came with a chunk of chewy, yummy deliciousness on it. I figure it was probably some soft cartilage or maybe skin. Whatever it was, it wasn’t hard bone because she really, really enjoyed eating that chunk off the bone.

Opening the Package

I didn’t open the package right away when we received it, but left it sitting on a side table until the next day. Maui would walk by that table once in a while with her nose in the air knowing that something yummy was up there but not being able to figure out where it was!

It was finally getting the better of her and she was just standing at that table sniffing back and forth so I decided it was time to let her open the package!

What does Maui think?

What does she think? Maui loves that bone!

She pretty much had all of the chewy yummy chunk and the baked on soy sauce coating off within a couple hours. Since that first night I let her have the bone when I could be around and keep an eye on her and she still works to get that marrow out of the center of the bone. Ostrich leg bones are fairly thin so Maui has a hard time getting her big ol’ tongue in there to get the marrow out. Definitely gives her brain something to think about though!

She’s been working on that bone for about a week now and will still carry it around with her as we move around the house. She likes to bring it in the bathroom with her while I’m brushing my teeth and getting ready for bed. Seems to be the nightly routine!

Maui definitely gives these ostrich bone dog treats a paws up!

Golden retriever with ostrich bone treatWhere to Buy Them

If you are interested in getting one of these delicious ostrich dog treats for your pup you can order them through the Misty Morning Ranch website HERE and by sending them an email at MistyMorningRanchNC@Gmail.com. Be sure to choose a bone size that is appropriate for your dog!

 

Let Maui know what your dog thinks of their yummy ostrich bone dog treat by leaving a comment below! Maui always loves to hear stories of other happy pets and pet parents.

Lynne and Maui

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10 thoughts on “Ostrich dog treats! Fresh Ostrich Bones Make Tail-Wagging Good Dog Treats!”

    • Hi Benjamin, Well I personally cannot vouch that they are delicious, but Maui sure thought it was delicious! I definitely would appreciate your sharing this with your brother. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • This is a fascinating article to read and will inform dog owners the benefits of using ostrich bones as dog treats. Dogs will love them just like Maui has. Interesting to read the process of how they are made. I like the video of Maui, opening up the package.

    • Hi Eden, Nice to see you back 🙂 Maui really does enjoy the ostrich bone treat. I knew she would have fun opening that package and I wanted to share with all of you. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • This is so nice, din’t know about freezing part especially to preserve the Marrow! this is so nice must say i have to share with friends who i know would be interested in this. Thank you so for such a great post!

    • Hi Mercy, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! I see that you and I have similar interests. Please do share with your friends. Misty Morning Ranch is a family owned ostrich farm in North Carolina and it would be great if we could send some business their way. Thanks much!

  • We feed our dogs raw food, so this looks like an awesome treat for them! I couldn’t stop laughing watching Maui and the pictures of Maui with the bone in her mouth looking “oh so content”.

    🙂

    • Hi Dave, I’m so glad you enjoyed the pictures and video of Maui! It’s fun sharing them with you. She really does look like she’s pretty happy with herself with that bone hanging out of her mouth, doesn’t she!?

  • Hi Lynne and Maui.
    These Ostrich bone dog treats do look like they are great.
    I too would have thought that the bones would be too brittle for dogs. But after reading how they are load bearing so have to be strong, and given that Ostriches are big, heavy birds I can understand that they would be perfectly ok for dogs to chew on and eat.
    I’m glad that Maui enjoyed her bone so much.
    My son keeps on at me about getting a dog, so if I do end up getting one soon then I’ll be sure to look into getting an Ostrich bone treat for it to try.
    Best wishes,
    Michael.

    • Hi Michael, Dogs are absolutely best friends but they are also a lot of work so be sure you are ready 🙂 I’m sure Maui would be happy to give you some pointers on how to treat your new dog like a prince or princess of the house 😉

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