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IYHO, should we add two baby Emu's to our family in two days??

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My fiance and I had our name on a waiting list for two baby Emus, and we got the call today.

 

I want to make sure they are the right animals for us, and would appreciate any input. I have read the "perspective Emu owner" thread among others, and have done a fair amount of research so far.

 

A little about us:

We live in Port Orange which is in Central Florida on a five acre property which is gated and enclosed with a six foot chain link fence. We have four dogs (2 Great Danes, a Rat Terrier mix and a Border Collie Mix) three indoor cats, four Nigerian/Pygmy mix goats, 14 chickens, 1 Peahen, 1 Turkey in the incubator, four chickens on order from a hatchery, and 11 free range Guinea Fowl. Our pets are our kids, and each and every one is named and loved. They all coexist beautifully. We both work from home so our animals are rarely without us. 

 

These baby Emus would be a sexed pair, and we'd be picking up on Saturday morning.

 

My concern is: If we would raise these babies like we did with all of our other animals (lots and lots of love, affection, attention and socialization) will they always get along with our other animals and with people? We don't have a lot of company and I am concerned how they will be with new people, i.e. my sister and brother in law and their two very young children who come visit "the farm" every now and again.

We do plan on letting them free range, and they will have multiple shelter options. 

They will eat whatever the breeder suggests to us plus fresh produce regularly.

They will see a Vet or be treated as necessary regardless of the expense.

 

I've done rescue for more than 27 years (since I was 12) and I often try to talk people out of a pet to make sure it is really really what they want. I guess I am doing that to myself right now.

 

Thank you in advance for your time!

Danielle 


Edited by SlickChick76 - 4/21/16 at 5:38pm

Fiance to Josh and momma to 3 blind cats, 4 dogs, & 4 ND goats.

Our feathered kids are 13 chickens: 2 Red Stars hatched 6/4/15, 2 Leghorns, 2 Barred Rocks and 2 Black Stars hatched 10/27/15, 2 Cream Legbars and a Serama hen hatched 2/27, 2 Ameracaunas hatched 3/27, 1 Serama roo hatched fall 2015, 1 white Peahen hatched 7/23/15 & 11 Guinea Keats hatched 11/2/15. We live on 5 beautiful acres.

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Fiance to Josh and momma to 3 blind cats, 4 dogs, & 4 ND goats.

Our feathered kids are 13 chickens: 2 Red Stars hatched 6/4/15, 2 Leghorns, 2 Barred Rocks and 2 Black Stars hatched 10/27/15, 2 Cream Legbars and a Serama hen hatched 2/27, 2 Ameracaunas hatched 3/27, 1 Serama roo hatched fall 2015, 1 white Peahen hatched 7/23/15 & 11 Guinea Keats hatched 11/2/15. We live on 5 beautiful acres.

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post #2 of 5

I don't emus myself but you sound like an amazing animal parent and you sound like you are set up pretty good, I think you should go for it.

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I have 2 boys, a 4 year old Ella and a 3 year old Eddie. Both of boys are extremely affectionate, they have had my hands all over them every day of their lives, they sit it my lap as soon as I sit down. My 4 year old gets along with all my other animals, goats, chickens, sheep, he swims in his pool with an African goose, the 3 year old however wants to stomp them all. Dealing with other people is different, it's just the opposite, Ella puffs up and guards me until he has met that person several times and then he decides they're ok and allows them to touch him, but Eddie runs up to anyone buries his face in their clothes and waits for the hugs, so you never know what you'll get they all have their own personalities. Ella is very calm, smart and serene, Ed is goofy and silly!
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Thank you for sharing, chicklover and Ellamumu!

 

Well, we did it...:) We are now the new parents to a little girl and boy Emu!

 

I will continue to socialize them every day and hope that they learn to love their new "herd".

This is them with some of their new friends :)

 

 

Fiance to Josh and momma to 3 blind cats, 4 dogs, & 4 ND goats.

Our feathered kids are 13 chickens: 2 Red Stars hatched 6/4/15, 2 Leghorns, 2 Barred Rocks and 2 Black Stars hatched 10/27/15, 2 Cream Legbars and a Serama hen hatched 2/27, 2 Ameracaunas hatched 3/27, 1 Serama roo hatched fall 2015, 1 white Peahen hatched 7/23/15 & 11 Guinea Keats hatched 11/2/15. We live on 5 beautiful acres.

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Fiance to Josh and momma to 3 blind cats, 4 dogs, & 4 ND goats.

Our feathered kids are 13 chickens: 2 Red Stars hatched 6/4/15, 2 Leghorns, 2 Barred Rocks and 2 Black Stars hatched 10/27/15, 2 Cream Legbars and a Serama hen hatched 2/27, 2 Ameracaunas hatched 3/27, 1 Serama roo hatched fall 2015, 1 white Peahen hatched 7/23/15 & 11 Guinea Keats hatched 11/2/15. We live on 5 beautiful acres.

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post #5 of 5

Awesome glad you got them, cute chickie emus.

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