Originally Posted by Supreme Emu
Emu Hugger, I found your comments very interesting. I have worked hard to provide my birds an environment in which there is simply no aggression. I move gently in their presence, and talk to them. This has allowed me to 'rescue' them on the couple of occasions when they've got bushed in the fenced backyard unlike everyone else, my interest is to get them OUT of an enclosed area.
However, on just a couple of occasions, I have splayed my fingers as though I was 'feather-flaring,' and made grunty noises. This made them react as though I was an emu.
The chest-bumping is interesting. I would have thought that an emu would be so much more likely to peck or kick.
P.s.: the other day I came upon a mob of twenty five wild emus. One group it was an open paddock was still going hell for leather well over a half a mile away when they disappeared from sight. The other group ran down the fence line, then actually stopped and queued at a low point in the fence, each one jumping over in turn.
Hi SE, it must be wonderful to see them in their natural state. Here a lot of them have been raised from chicks to make it easier to handle them as adults. They lose their fear of people and often see people as another emu. So you can see a lot of Emu behavior put upon people, just like they were emu. My emu think of themselves more as people I think, than emu, hehe... but their displays still mean something to them. My one male will at times follow me around... very close, almost breathing down my neck... and show off. he will walk in front of me, strut, snake his neck, try and puff up... real intimidating if you didn't know what it meant. - in his way,I love you.... hehe So i quickly remind him, this emu doesn't appreciate his advances and he walks off scorned by love.... I can walk over to any of my emu and pet them, give them a good scratch, just like they were dogs... but they are not, and one must remember that they can kick and have very sharp claws, even friendly ones. They do it to each other, so can do it to us easily. That aside mine typically will not kick unless you grab a leg or unless they fall over and flail their legs about. Mine hiss a good deal, how the sound is, how they look at each other while doing it and their body displays make it all mean different things. A hiss can mean "how are ya", get away, I'm warning you, I want that, what is that, I want that.... If I am working on something and have something in my hand, they will try to take it, as I am an emu to them and have something I should share... right? When they try and get it I hiss a deep long hiss, like a PO'd cat, and they typically get taken back and be like... "what's your problem lady, I just wanted to see"... LOL If they get entranced by my hair clip and I see them going for it , I step forward firmly, reach my hand out like an open beak and hiss, snaping my fingers together if need be. They are normally like Whoa... I'm leaving... she's mad. When I greet them it is normally a more of a quick something caught in your throat type of hiss - think cat hairball... hehe that normally is hello, what ya doing....