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How to Incubate and hatch emu eggs info can be found here http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/emu-hatch-2013

 

 

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UPDATE:  The info below was for the 2012 Spring hatch..

 

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Please note:   March 24, 2012

I had the chance to meet author and long time breeder of emus Janice Castleberry. She actually found that her chicks were much healthier being incubated at 95.5 and for a duration of 55 to 58 days. It IS much closer to how emus incubate in the wild with the males setting the nest for up to 60 days.. so when I do end up with more eggs to incubate I am going to try her method. The eggs would still need to lose 15% over those 58 days.. so I would need to adjust the weight loss per week and the humidity accordingly.

For anyone who is curious.. Janice has hatched out THOUSANDS of emu chicks back when emus were popular as an alternative meat source. So after many failed hatches and hatching problems she found something which worked for her and her customers.. so her methods are something to consider.. Unfortunately I found out her info a little too late to work with it for these hatches.. but knowing me I will be hatching out emus again in the future.. so I have time to experiment and see how it works for me.

 

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NOTE TO ANYONE GETTING EMU EGGS SHIPPED IN:

 

I am finding that with my emu eggs the ones who have traveled the furthest seem to have done the worst...

 

Lampasas, Texas egg: 20 miles.. only 1 egg.. too early to tell

Heston, Kansas eggs:   548 miles..  5 good out of 7 total  (2 shipments one "dud" per shipment.. probably a fertility issue)

Elberta, Alabama egg   710 miles... 4 good out of 4 total  (3 shipments) (one may be a dud... will know for sure in a few days)

Sonora, California eggs:  1718 miles.. 0 good out of 2 total  (1 shipment.. probably scrambled)

Auburn, California eggs   1801 miles.. 0 good out of 2 total  (1 shipment.. probably scrambled)

 

So I guess the moral to the story is to get eggs from breeders as close to you as possible..

 

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Well.. my husband thinks I'm crazy. But I decided after all these years of wanting an emu or three that I would try hatching out some shipped eggs. Knowing that shipped eggs tend to have lower hatch rates than "home grown" eggs I am starting with 6 eggs (from 3 different breeders) and will add a few more as I get the other incubators emptied.

 

Here are the first 5.. still waiting on #6 to get here
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(Old news)

From what I have been able to find out, for incubating emu eggs the general consensus is that the eggs need temperatures of 95 to 99 degrees (97.5 being the preferred temperature). A humidity between 25 and 35% and take anywhere from 49 to 55 days to hatch (with 52 being the average).  They should be turned every day until day 49. The preferred method seems to be turning by hand at least 3 times a day turning them 180 degrees every time they are turned (rocked back and forth.. not rolling them over and over in the same direction each time.. if that makes any sense). 

Since I can't candle the eggs I just have to hope that the postal service was kind to them while they were in transit.

 

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For the first 6 eggs I am using a Reptipro 5000 incubator.  I did notice a difference in the temperature gradient in the Reptipro, so I played around with different temperature settings until I found a nice range for two levels in the incubator which should be favorable for the emu eggs.


Emu eggs C group in reptipro.jpg
 In my incubator the bottom eggs have a temp of 97.5 at the top of the eggs with the shelf temp having 97.5 at the bottom of the eggs. Hopefully the slight difference between the tops and bottoms of the eggs doesn't matter much as the eggs are turned. So the display on the incubator reads 99 degrees.. however the temperature where the eggs are is a bit less.

For the remaining eggs (once they arrive) I will be using the two Brinseas that I have for incubation. I have chicken eggs in them right now.. so I will wait another week or two to order the other eggs.

The first eggs that arrived came from Heston, Kansas. I received them on January 9, 2012 an let them sit for 24 hours to come to room temperature before placing in the Reptipro. Since these eggs had a code on them from the breeder i am going with the code numbers as the egg :"names". I weighed each egg and will update this page every time they are weighed.

So C-1 weighed in at 1.46 pounds (660 grams)
Emu egg C1.jpg


C-4 weighed in at 1.40 pounds (636 grams)
Emu egg C4.jpg


and C weighed in at 1.50 pounds (681 grams)
Emu egg C.jpg


The next batch of eggs arrived today (January 11, 2012) and I will be setting them in the incubator either later today or tomorrow morning. They had no codes on them so I "named" them B-1 and B-2. They were purchased from a breeder in Auburn, California

B-1 weighed in at 1.18 pounds (534 grams)
Emu egg B1.jpg


B-2 weighed in at 1.19 pounds (539 grams)
Emu egg B2.jpg


The last egg for the Reptipro was ordered from a seller in Alabama. I only ordered one from them since the Reptipro can hold 6 eggs and I already had 5 coming from the other two breeders. It hasn't arrived yet and I have no shipping confirmation, so once it arrives I may end up putting it in one of the Brinseas if it gets here too late.

So far I have noticed a size difference between the eggs from the two different breeders. Not sure if it is due to the age of the breeder birds or if the two breeders have different strains of emus or just what. So long as something hatches I'll be a happy camper!

 

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January 13, 2012:

Egg #6 is here! No code on this one so I am calling it "A"

Emu egg A.jpg

Egg A came from Elberta, Alabama and weighs in at 1.38 pounds (625 grams). It will be set in the Reptipro later on today after it warms up a bit from it's trip.

 

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6 emu eggs in Reptipro 2.jpg

 

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For the next set of eggs I modified an old LG incubator. Originally I had planned to use the two Brinsea eco20's that I have.. but I decided to go with the LG because I could modify it to allow for more headroom for the little guys. I got the idea from another BYC member who did the same thing to theirs for hatching out emus (thank you foulman007 for the great idea!).

I had already added a fan last summer in a feeble attempt to keep the bator cooler during one of our hot spells.. it didn't help since our house temps were well past 115 at the time and we don't use AC. For this modification I used mylar foam board insulation.. cut 4 pieces that were 6 inches high, 2 that were 6.5 inches high and used the other scraps for the other 2 inside walls (they ended up being 5 inches high .. but only cause that's what was left after the initial cuts). I had to get a sheet of the insulation for the well housing (we live out in the country and have well water).. so luckily enough I had enough remnants for the incubator modification. Once the pieces were cut to size I used aluminum heat duct tape to assemble them. The two 6.5 inch tall sides are on the inside of the incubator to allow an edge for the lid to butt up against. To keep the temperature even more stable I took a thick old towel to cover the bator. I have checked the temperature several places inside and it's holding a very steady 97.5 degrees at each location

UPDATE:

We had several warm days and some rather cool nights... in taking the temperature readings in the LG I noticed where the thermometers above the eggs (resting on the top of a jar about 1" above the eggs) was reading 99.. during the cool nights the thermometer up there would read 96.. the eggs that were wiggling continued to wiggle and I had several chicks hatch out fine..

I'm sure when the upper reading was reading 96 that the bottom of the eggs was probably at 95 or a little less... those chicks hatched out on day 51.. so a slight drop in their temperatures at night did not harm them in any way.. and when the temps were reading 99 above the eggs it was more like 98 at egg level.. so slight variations in temperatures shouldn't kill your emu chicks.. just don't let the temps rise above 99 or drop below 95 and you should be fine.

 

old modified LG bator.jpg

 

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The LG with 7 emu eggs... looks like I may end up having to use the Brinsea after all for those last 2 eggs when they get here!

*the glass jars filled with water are acting as heat sinks to help keep the temperature stable.

 

7 emu eggs in modified LG.jpg

 

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The last 2 eggs from Elberta, Alabama in the Brinsea

 

2 emu eggs in Brinsea.jpg

 

Got a new egg on February 14th.. a LOCAL one! Met the breeder in Lampasas and picked it up in person..

I'm calling it egg "F" and it weighed in at 549 grams

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I picked up 3 new local eggs today (March 15th) from Killeen. They were freebies and a little unusual.. The woman who gave them to me has had them a week.. they were given to her.. so not sure just when they were laid or what all they may have been through.. fertility is unknown but the weights seem to be ok for the egg size.. the coloring is a bit off on 2 of them.. so I will really need to watch their weight loss like a hawk

 

egg G1.jpg

Yes G-1 is as speckled as it looks.. weighs in at a hefty 683 grams

 

egg G2.jpg

G-2 is more of the "normal" looking egg.. weighed in at 531 grams and is the smallest of the bunch

 

Egg G3.jpg

G-3 is extremely speckled.. I expect it will have issues and I may need to paint the egg with non toxic paint or a wax coating to help keep in moisture... I'll be monitoring it closely .. it weighed in at 639 grams

 

all 3 new eggs together:

 

New eggs Killeen.jpg

 

 

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I picked up 3 more eggs from Killeen today.. they are not related to the "G" eggs

new eggs H.jpg

 

H-1 576 grams

egg H1.jpg

 

H-2  573 grams

egg H2.jpg

 

H-3  541 grams

egg H3.jpg

 

 

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Emu eggs should lose 12 to 15 % +/- 1.2% of their weight total during incubation

EGG WEIGHTS:

 

Set January 10th, 2012:

C-1  BANDED GREY  MALE  (from Heston, Kansas) Named "Dorian"

day 1  660 grams

On January 17, (day 7)  642 (18 g lost or 2.73%)

On January 24, (day 14)  627 (15 g lost since last weigh in 2.34%).

On January 31 (day 21)  611  (16 g lost or 2.55%).. total lost so far: 49g 7.42%

On February 7 (day 28)  595   (16 g or 2.62%).. total lost so far: 65g 9.85%

On February 12 (day 33) saw wiggle in the egg!

On February 14 (day 35) 579  (16 g or 2.67%).. total lost so far 81g 12.72%

On February 18 (day 39) started tap testing

On February 21 (day 42)  566  (13g or 2.25%).. total lost so far 94g  14.24%

On February 28 (day 49)  546  (20g or 3.53%)  total lost so far 114g  17.27%

On February 29 (day 50)  at about 5:45 PM HATCHED!.. had a bloody navel.. treated with blood stop and iodine
had a few problems trying to sit up so I taped his legs as a precaution.. weight on March 1 was 433 grams and was sitting upright & moving around much better

Chick C-1.jpg



C-4  DUD.. infertile.. possible blood ring since i did see a red tint to the white of the egg

day 1  636 grams

On January 17, (day 7)  625  (11 g lost or 1.73%)

On January 24, (day 14)  613  (12 g lost 1.92%)

On January 31 (day 21)  602  (11 g lost or 1.79%).. total lost so far: 34g 5.35%

On February 7 (day 28)  590   (12 g or 1.99%).. total lost so far: 46g 7.23%

On February 14 (day 35)  576  (14 g or 2.37%) total lost so far 60g  9.43%

On February 18 (day 39) started tap testing

On February 21 (day 42)  564  (12g or 2.08%)  total lost so far 72g  11.32%
   
On February 28 (day 49)  552  (12g  or 2.13%) total lost so far 84g   13.21%

Suspected dud... I'll give it until day 53 or so then drill a hole in the shell


C  BANDED PURPLE  MALE Named "Paco"

day 1  681 grams

On January 17, (day 7)  667  (14 g lost or 2.06%)

On January 24, (day 14)  655  (12g lost 1.80%)

On January 31 (day 21)  643  (12 g lost or 1.83%).. total lost so far: 38g 5.58%

On February 7 (day 28)  630   (13 g or 2.02%).. total lost so far: 51g 7.49%

On February 13 (day 34) saw wiggle in the egg!

On February 14 (day 35)  616  (14 g or 2.22%).. total lost so far: 65g 9.54%

On February 18 (day 39) started tap testing

On February 21 (day 42)  602  (14g or 2.72%)  total lost so far 79g   11.60%
 

hatched out around 4PM on February 26th (day 47) chick weighed in at 475g

shell weighs in at 95 g  570g total (give or take a smidge for moisture loss)

Chick C just hatched.jpg

 

Set January 11th, 2012:


B-1  DUD infertile definite yolk and white when blown out  (from Auburn, California)

day 1  534 grams

On January 18, (day 7)  522 grams (12 g lost or 2.25%)

On January 25, (day 14)  509  (13 g lost 2.49%)

On February 1 (day 21)  496  (13 g lost or 2.55%).. total lost so far: 38g 7.12%

On February 8 (day 28)  482  (14 g lost or 2.82%).. total lost so far: 52g 9.74%

On February 15 (day 35)  470  (12 g lost or 2.49%).. total lost so far: 64g  11.99%

On February 19 (day 39)  started tap testing

On February 22 (day 42)  461  (9 g lost or 1.91%).. total lost so far; 73g   13.67%
   
On February 29 (day 49)     450  (11g lost or 2.39%)  total lost so far  84g  15.73%

Suspected dud... I'll give it until day 53 or so then drill a hole in the shell


B-2  DUD scrambled egg was a solid yellow liquid upon blowing out the shell

day 1  539 grams

On January 18, (day 7)  525 (14 g lost or 2.6%)

On January 25, (day 14)  512  (13 g lost 2.48%)

On February 1 (day 21)  500  (12 g lost or 2.34%).. total lost so far: 39g 7.24%

On February 8 (day 28)  487  (13 g lost or 2.6%)... total lost so far: 52 g 9.65%

On February 15 (day 35)  475 (12g lost or 2.46%) .. total lost so far 64g  11.87%

On February 19 (day 39) started tap testing

On February 22 (day 42)  466  (9 g lost or 1.89%).. total lost so far: 73g   13.54%
   
On February 29 (day 49)  454  (12g lost or 2.58%)   total lost so far  85g  15.78%

 

Suspected dud... I'll give it until day 53 or so then drill a hole in the shell

 

 

Set January 13th, 2012:

 

A  BANDED RED FEMALE (from Elberta, Alabama) Named "Rose"

day 1  625 grams

On January 20, (day 7)  615 (10 g lost or 1.60%)

On January 27, (day 14)  595  (20 g lost or 3.25%)

On February 3 (day 21)  580  (15 g or 2.52%).. total lost so far: 45g 7.2%

On February 10 (day 28)  565  (15 g or 2.59%) .. total lost so far 60g 9.6%

 

On February 16 (day 34)  saw wiggle in the egg!


On February 17 (day 35)   550  (15g lost or 2.65%).. total lost so far 75g  12%


On February 21 (day 39) started tap testing

On February 24 (day 42)  531  (19g lost or 3.45%)  total lost so far 94g  15.04%

 

On February 29 (day 47) the egg sounded

 

On March 1 (day 48) the egg cracked on the bottom side away from the air cell (at the correct end.. but on the bottom of the egg instead of through the top like the others).. never heard the chick peep.. weight was 514 g after cracking

 

On March 2 (day 49) at around 5:30 AM HATCHED!  weight at hatch 401 grams


Chick A.jpg

 

 

Set January 20th, 2012:

 

A-2  BANDED BLUE MALE   (from Elberta, Alabama) Named "Beau"

day 1  594 grams

On January 27, (day 7)  584  (10 g lost or 1.68%)

On February 3, (day 14)   571 (13 g lost or 2.23%)

On February 10 (day 21)  560  (11g lost or 1.93%) total lost so far 34g  5.72%

On February 17 (day 28)  548  (12g lost or 2.14%)  total lost so far 46g  7.74%


On February 21 (day 32) saw wiggle in the egg!


On February 24 (day 35)  537  (11g lost or 2.01%)  total lost so far 57g   9.60%

On February 28 (day 39) start tap testing

On March 2 (day 42)  523 (14g lost or 2.60%)  total lost so far 71g  11.95%
   
On March 9 (day 49)  509  (14g lost or 2.68%)  total lostso far 85g   14.31%

Hatched March 11th

 

Chick A2 blue.jpg
 

 

D-1  DUD scrambled egg was a solid yellow liquid upon blowing out the shell  (from Sonora, California)

day 1  505 grams

On January 27, (day 7)  496  (9 g lost or 1.78%)

On February 3, (day 14)   486 (10 g lost or 2.01%)

On February 10 (day 21)  477 (9 g lost or 1.85%) .. total lost so far 28g 5.54%

On February 17 (day 28)  468  (9 g lost or 1.89%) .. total lost so far 37g  7.33%

On February 24 (day 35)  461  (7g lost or 1.50%)   total lost so far 44g   8.71%

On February 28 (day 39) start tap testing

On March 2 (day 42)  453  (8g lost or 1.74%)  total lost so far 52g   10.30%
   
On March 9 (day 49)  444  (9g lost or 1.99%)  total lost so far 61g   12.08%
 

 

D-2  DUD scrambled egg was a solid yellow liquid upon blowing out the shell

day 1  582 grams

On January 27, (day 7)  571  (11 g lost or 1.89%)

On February 3, (day 14)  559 (12 g lost or 2.10%)

On February 10 (day 21)  548 (11g lost or 1.97%) .. total lost so far 34g  5.84%

On February 17 (day 28)  537  (11g lost or 2%)  .. total lost so far 45g  7.73%

On February 24 (day 35)  526  (11g lost or 2.05%)   total lost so far 56g  9.62%

On February 28 (day 39) start tap testing

On March 2 (day 42) 514 (12g lost or 2.28%)  total lost so far 68g   11.68%
   
On March 9 (day 49)  503  (11g lost or 2.14%)  total lost so far  79g  13.57%

 

Set January 21st, 2012:

 

A1-J  BANDED YELLOW MALE (from Heston, Kansas) 


day 1: 639 grams

On January 28, (day 7)  628  (11 g lost or 1.72%)

On February 4, (day 14)  616  (12 g lost or 1.91%)

On February 11 (day 21)  603  (13 g lost or 2.11%) total lost so far 36g 5.63%

On February 18 (day 28)  591  (12 g lost or 1.99%) total lost so far 48g  7.51%

 

On February 21 (day 31) saw wiggle in the egg!


On February 25 (day 35)   580  (11 g lost or 1.86%)  total lost so far 59g  9.23%

On February 29 (day 39) start tap testing

On March 3 (day 42)  566  (14g lost or 2.41%)  total lost so far 73g  11.42%
   
On March 10 (day 49)  552  (14g lost or 2.47%) total lost so far  87g  13.62%

 

Hatched March 11th!

 

Chick A1 J yellow.jpg

A2-J  BANDED ORANGE MALE 

 

day 1: 542 grams

On January 28, (day 7)  532  (10 g lost or 1.85%)

On February 4, (day 14)  522  (10 g lost or 1.88%)

On February 11 (day 21)  512  (10g lost or 1.91%)  total lost so far 30g 5.54%

On February 18 (day 28)  501  (11g lost or 2.15%)  total lost so far 41g  7.56%

 

On February 21 (day 31) saw wiggle in the egg!


On February 25 (day 35)  492  (9 g lost or 1.80%)  total lost so far  50g  9.23%

On February 29 (day 39) start tap testing

On March 3 (day 42)  480  (12g lost or 2.44%)  total lost so far  62g   11.44%
   
On March 10 (day 49)  468  (12g lost or 2.5%)  total lost so far  74g  13.65%

 

Hatched March 12th!

 

Chick A2 J orange.jpg

C4-A  BANDED GREEN MALE 

 

day 1: 660 grams

On January 28, (day 7)  649  (11 g lost or 1.67%)

On February 4, (day 14)  637  (12 g lost or 1.85%)

On February 11 (day 21)  625  (12g lost or 1.88%) total lost so far 35g  5.30%

On February 18 (day 28)   613  (12g lost or 1.92%)  total lost so far 47g  7.12%

 

On February 21 (day 31) saw wiggle in the egg!


On February 25 (day 35)   602  (11g lost or 1.79%)  total lost so far  58g  8.79%

On February 29 (day 39) start tap testing

On March 3 (day 42)  590  (12g lost or 1.99%)  total lost so far 70g   10.60%
   
On March 10 (day 49)  576  (14g lost or 2.37%)  total lost so far   84g  12.73%
   
Hatched March 12th!

 

Chick C4 A green.jpg

D4-J

 

day 1: 684 grams

On January 28, (day 7)  668  (16 g lost or 2.34%)

On February 4, (day 14)  653  (15 g lost or 2.25%)

On February 11 (day 21)  637  (16g lost or 2.45%) total lost so far 47g  6.87%

On February 18 (day 28)   621  (16g lost or 2.51%)  total lost so far 63g  9.21%

On February 25 (day 35)  606  (15g lost or 2.42%)  total lost so far 78g  11.40%

On February 29 (day 39) start tap testing

On March 3 (day 42)  592  (14g lost or 2.31%)  total lost so far 92g   13.45%
   
On March 10 (day 49)  577  (15g lost or 2.53%)  total lost so far  107g  15.64%

 

Set January 25th, 2012:

 

E-1  BANDED WHITE MALE (from Elberta, Alabama)


day 1: 625 grams

On February 1, (day 7)  614  (11 g lost or 1.76%)

On February 8, (day 14)  604  (10 g lost or 1.63%)

On February 15 (day 21)  593  (11 g lost or 1.82%)  total lost so far: 32g  5.12%

On February 22 (day 28)   583  (10 g lost or 1.69%)  total lost so far: 42g  6.72%

 

On February 27 (day 33) saw wiggle in the egg!


On February 29 (day 35)    572  (11g lost or 1.89%).. total lost so far  53g  8.48%

On March 4 (day 39) start tap testing

On March 7 (day 42)  561  (11g lost or 1.92%)  total lost so far  64g  10.24%
   
On March 13 (day 48)  pipped early (not due til the 15th) 549  (12g lost or 2.14%)  total lost so far  76g  12.16%

March 13th at midnight.. hatched!  weight at hatch 431g

 

Chick E1.jpg

E-2


day 1: 612 grams

On February 1, (day 7)  599  (13 g lost or 2.12%)

On February 8, (day 14) 585  (14 g lost or 2.34%)

On February 15 (day 21)  571  (14g lost or 2.39%) total lost so far: 41g  6.70%

 

On February 22 (day 28)  557  (14g lost or 2.45%)  total lost so far: 55g  8.99%

On February 27 (day 33) saw wiggle in the egg!

On February 29 (day 35)  543  (14g lost or 2.51%)  total lost so far  69g  11.27%


On March 4 (day 39) start tap testing

On March 7 (day 42)  528  (15g lost or 2.76%)  total lost so far  84g   13.73%
   
On March 14 (day 49)  514  (14g lost or 2.65%)  total lost so far  98g  16.01%

 

Set February 14th, 2012:

 

F   BANDED BLACK MALE (from Lampasas, Texas)


On Day 1: 549 grams

 

On February 21, (day 7)  541  (8g lost or 1.46%)

On February 28, (day 14)  532  (9g lost or 1.66%)  total lost so far  17 g  3.10%

On March 6 (day 21)  523  (9g lost or 1.69%)  total lost so far  26g  4.74%

On March 13 (day 28)  514  (9g lost or 1.72%)  total lost so far  35g  6.38%

March 17th (day 32) we have wiggle!!

 

On March 20 (day 35)  506 (8g lost or 1.56%)  total lost so far 43g   7.83%

On March 24 (day 39)  start tap testing

On March 27 (day 42)  496  (10g lost or 1.98%)  total lost so far  53g   9.65%
   
On April 3 (day 49)  486 pipped weight  (10g lost or 2.02%)  total lost so far 63g   11.48%
HATCHED 7PM
 

temp pic until I can take another one

chick F 2.jpg

 

Set March 15th, 2012:

 

G-1 ROTTEN  (from Killeen, Texas)

On Day 1: 683 grams

On March 22, (day 7)  669 (14g lost or 2.049%).. egg was rotten (completely watery inside.. blown out shell)


G-2

On Day 1: 531 grams

On March 22, (day 7)  519 (12g lost or 2.26%)

On March 29, (day 14)  506  (13g lost or 2.50%)   total lost so far 25g  4.71%

On April 5 (day 21)  495  (11g lost or 2.17%)  total lost so far  36g  6.78%

On April 12 (day 28)  482  (13g lost or 2.63%)  total lost so far 49g   9.23%

April 15 look for wiggle (day 31)

On April 19 (day 35)

On April 23 (day 39) start tap testing

On April 26 (day 42)
   
On May 3 (day 49)
due May 4th

G-3   ROTTEN


On Day 1: 639 grams

On March 22, (day 7)  623  (16g lost or 2.50%)

egg was weeping on March 28, (day 13)  so i blew out the shell.. it was very rotten

 

 

Set March 16th, 2012:

One of the H eggs was weeping on day one.. it has since stopped.. however I still suspect it's a bad egg.. no odor yet so I will continue incubation .. for now anyway

H-1 (Killeen, Texas not related to "G" eggs)

On Day 1: 576 grams

On March 23, (day 7)  565  (11g lost or 1.91%)

On March 30, (day 14)  558  (7g lost or 1.24%) .. total lost so far  18g  3.13%

On April 6 (day 21)  552  (6g lost or 1.08%)  total lost so far 25g   4.17%

On April 13 (day 28)  

April 16 look for wiggle (day 31)

On April 20 (day 35)

On April 24 (day 39) start tap testing

On April 27 (day 42)
   
On May 4 (day 49)
due May 5th

H-2

On Day 1: 573 grams


On March 23, (day 7)  564  (9g lost or 1.57%)

On March 30, (day 14)  559  (5g lost or 0.89%)  total lost so far  14g  2.44%

On April 6 (day 21)  556  (3g lost or 0.54%)  total lost so far  17g   2.97%

On April 13 (day 28)  

April 16 look for wiggle (day 31)

On April 20 (day 35)

On April 24 (day 39) start tap testing

On April 27 (day 42)
   
On May 4 (day 49)
due May 5th

H-3

On Day 1: 541 grams


On March 23, (day 7)  530  (11g lost or 2.03%)

On March 30, (day 14)  519  (11g lost or 2.08%)  total lost so far  22g   4.07%

On April 6 (day 21)  508  (11g lost or 2.12%)  total lost so far  33g  6.10%

On April 13 (day 28)  

April 16 look for wiggle (day 31)

On April 20 (day 35)

On April 24 (day 39) start tap testing

On April 27 (day 42)
   
On May 4 (day 49)
due May 5th

Comments (19)

Good luck and I will be checking in on you. 50+ days is a long time.
yeah well... I'm a sucker for a cute emu chick! lol
Very neat! 50 days is a long time! Good luck with them and keep us posted!
I am so jealous! Will be checking in on your progress! Best of luck!
I'll be sure to update the page every time something of note happens.. hopefully we can all learn from my mistakes and (hopefully) success!
I hope you have some success with these! I'll be a good month behind you I'll say...
msheets.. you'll have to keep me updated with your emu hatch!
Ahh, you have eggs that will be siblings or cousins to mine from Auburn and Kansas!
Do you remember what the codes were on your eggs from Kansas?
No they just had dates on them. I think.
I wanna see the results! Is there a thread?
excellent work. great doco!
thanks.. so far I have more that appear to be wiggling than I had hoped for.. now to get them to hatch!
Congratulations!
Congratulations..I think you have done an a wonderful job! Looking forward to seeing the last eggs hatch and watching the chicks grow. I have always wanted to hatch Emus, but was a little worried about their temperaments I hope to learn from you about them.
I wanted to add....I agree about the shipping. My first incubating was Peafowl eggs bought locally. They did great. Then I had the hatching bug. I bought ALOT of eggs from ebay with very little success. Of course, I was learning too. I finally had great success hatching from eggs no further than I could have really driven and got the eggs. I had 1 egg hatch from TX, and 1 died in the shell. My fault I should of helped it. The only shipped eggs I got to hatch were from TN, I'm in NC so I literally could have just driven and got them.
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