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do i have all the right information on rheas

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Rhea

I’m designing a community farm and I was wondering if you could do both or one of the following for me and either answer a few questions I have and or read over my care sheet and tell me if there’s any wrong information or things you would do differently.

 

Questions

When is too old to breed

Male to female hatch rate

Eggs cost

Chick cost 125

Adult cost

Chick feed to grower feed

Grower feed to maintainer feed

Grower feed to butcher feed

Maintainer feed

Male breeding age

Time of day eggs are laid

 

Write up 

Rhea

 

Special care

Males housed separate

Temperament

Aggressive

Cost

Eggs cost

Chick cost

Adult cost

Chick feed to grower feed

Grower to maintainer

Feed amount

Chick feed to grower feed

Grower feed to maintainer feed

Grower feed to butcher feed

Enclosure

 

Size

 15 m by 25 m

Height

6 ft

Fence type

 Wood or chain link

Shelter

3 sided

Equipment

 Food, git, water and calcium dish. Sliding egg devider

Terrain

grass

Diet

 

Feed type

Ratite maintaner or 20 % protien

Amount

2 times per day as much as they can eat in 30 mins

Minerals/other

grit

Breeding

 

Sexing

Vent check at 2 weeks with neck between legs

Ratio

 1-6

Age

Female 2-4 years. Male 

Season

march

Diet

Calcium added febuary 15 unitll end of season

Eggs

 

Clutch size and numbers per year

5-10. every 2nd or 3rd day

Collecting time

 

Storing

 

Hatch time

34-40 days 

Incubation temp

100 f

Humidity

45

Candling

7 days, day 32 twice a day until hatch

Stop turning

 31

Lock down

 

When to assist

 Chip hole in iner membrane when penetraded by chick

Move to brooder

Walking and dry

Brooder

Size

40 sf

Height

 

Temperature decreasing

Same as outside

Feed type length

 

Water dishes

 Marbles should not be placed

Special nutrients

 

Grow out pen

 

Size

15x24 m

Feed type length

 

 Butcher

 

Butcher age

 1 year

post #2 of 2

Again I would like to suggest, find some good literature and purchase it.   Ratite encyclopedia,  Emu Farmers handbook #2 has some info. on Rheas also.

If you look around at ebay and Amazon you may can come up with even more good books on the subject.

While those are somewhat dated  publications the info. in them is the best to be had for anyone wanting to raise these birds.

Find other people who have been breeding them for a while and visit their farm...get the true feel/ info. from them what it takes to raise these birds, nothing beats advice from people who have had  hands on experience .

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