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Are Emus Trainable?

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I know this is kinda silly, but if someone were to hand raise some Emus could they be trained? Not like pulling a cart, but just trained. lol

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post #2 of 23

You mean like trained to kung-fu kick anyone who came on your property????  I think they come pre-wired for that.  big_smile

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post #3 of 23

ummm. nope?

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post #4 of 23

Sounds to me like you are about to embark on an adventure, Celtic Hill.  smile  Why don't you raise some and tell us what you find?  What fun!

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post #5 of 23

Start with something fairly simple... Like finding the door to the stall.

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post #6 of 23

They can be trained to walk on leashes and to come when called. I'm betting with a lot of patients you could train one to pull a cart.wink

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post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by Sumatra503 

They can be trained to walk on leashes and to come when called. I'm betting with a lot of patients you could train one to pull a cart.wink


LOL, im not going to train them to come on a cart. But like you said, walk on a leash, and such.

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post #8 of 23

They can be trained to some degree. Just like people train goldfish and turtles etc.... They are very small minded and have the patience of an ant, but if you can keep their attention long enough, yep they can learn..... especially things you don't want them too.. hehe.

I teach mine:

the NO command..... very good to have when they are about to chomp an ear

the Wait command - good for keeping them from stealing food out of the feed bucket - lasts only 1 min though....

Down - teaching them to lay down by pressing on their back. Good to getting them to hold still or look less intimidating to the relatives.

Come to a whistle or their name......

Carry Silkies on their backs with a saddle.....

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Carry Silkies on their backs with a saddle.....


You say this and don't post a picture???   May we see a picture please?   Pretty please?

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/7205_silkie_riding_emu1.jpg

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