Ostrich Wings from Creston Valley Meats

I thought that I would share my experience with the Ostrich Wings from Creston Valley Meats since it is such an unusual choice for most rawfeeders.

I have to say they were totally not what I had conjured up in my mind. They are NOT individually packaged so be prepared for that. For me, I just reused some newspaper and wrapped them up with that and some tape.

They are fatty, have “tubes” hanging off of them where the feather was and are quite pungent!

Yoda has only been here for four months and so not a truly “experienced” raw fed dog so when I saw these I was a bit worried.

They are quite meaty – so the “end result” is perfect and not dry and crumbly at all.

It takes Yoda almost and hour to eat one! I love it – she is exhausted after her meal. She is only 28 pounds so I’m sure a bigger dog would get through them much quicker but these are a bit more complicated then you might expect.

The tubes and the stray little feather left behind? Eaten, no problem!

The "Smaller" Part of the Wing

The smaller segment – this piece is about 15 ounces and 6.5″ long and 2″ to 2.5″ across

Custom Wrap Job

Custom Wrap Job; Old Newspaper with Masking Tape - free and NO plastic!

Notice The Newspaper; Your's won't come like this unless Simon adopts my wrapping technique!

Notice The Newspaper; Your's won't come like this unless Simon adopts my wrapping technique!

Tubes and Feathers - Yoda Eats It All!

Back Side of the "Bigger" Piece; Tubes and Feathers - Yoda Eats It All! This piece was about 9 ounces - I misplaced my measuring tape so I didn't measure this one!

Side By Side (I can't help it..."Travelin' along, singin' a song, side by side"!!)

Side By Side (I can't help it..."Travelin' along, singin' a song, side by side"!!)

That's the bone under the "tubular curl"!  In order to weigh these I get on the scale and note the horrifying number, then I get back on with the meat and do a little math.  I had just eaten ice cream so I didn't weigh this one!  It measured about 7 inches long and varied from 2.5 to 3.5 inches long.  The bone was about 5 inches long and was .75 inches across

That's the bone under the "tubular curl"! In order to weigh these I get on the scale and note the horrifying number, then I get back on with the meat and do a little math. I had just eaten ice cream so I didn't weigh this one! It measured about 7 inches long and varied from 2.5 to 3.5 inches across. The bone was about 5 inches long and was .75 inches across

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Finally, the elusive wing tip! This was 8 ounces and about 11 inches long.

I hate to say it, for fear I won’t ever be able to get them again, but if they are available these are a great choice!

If you live in California check out Creston Valley Meats – they deliver!

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5 responses to “Ostrich Wings from Creston Valley Meats

  1. Suzi Ironmonger

    S the wings are cut up into several segmants from the look of it. I didn’t notice any tips, though. How long do the segments average or range?

    • Suzi,

      When I was down there I didn’t have a tape measure. Next time I defrost some I’ll measure.

      One disadvantage of wrapping in newspaper is that you can’t see what you are defrosting, it’s a crapshoot with my technique!

      As I work through the box of them I will take photos of any “different” pieces that show up, measure and weigh and report back.

  2. I saw these but I was a little unsure so opted not to order them. Now I could kick myself. Any idea what the bone percentage would be? Hopefully Simon will keep carrying them but I know it is a hit or miss thing unless ostrich is picking up.

    It looks like it would be a good alternative for my girl that doesn’t like chicken and the other one that is allergic to it. With feeding 5 dogs and 1 cat I can’t afford lamb and pork makes them sick.

  3. Oops, forgot something. Thanks for posting the pictures!
    Droolz,
    Karen and The Dog House Gang

  4. Karen,

    I have been contemplating your question.

    This is just a guess but I am going to say they average 20% bone.

    Here’s where I get that number; when I feed a whole chicken the “end result” is quite dry and crumbly.

    When I feed these these “end result” is quite soft. That being said, the bone is clearly there. I measured one of the bigger segments – it was about 7 inches long and varied from 2.5 to 3.5 inches across. The bone was about .75 of an inch across and about 5 inches long.

    20% bone is more bone than I want to feed on a daily basis but this increase in bone will be balanced by plenty of boneless meals.

    Hope that helps some!

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