Any money to be made with Emus?

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by 12thmanjim, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. 12thmanjim

    12thmanjim Out Of The Brooder

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    I recall a while back, hearing about Emus being the next big money maker. Any truth to this?
     
  2. foulman007

    foulman007 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are a very useable product oil meat leather feathers .
    If you have a few hundred head and like killing stuff you could eak out a modest living
    The oil is used in creams and lotions sell around 10 bucks an ounce the meat is great but find a buyer for it
    If you wanna start up a farm me and a few others can set you. Up with some unrelated chicks let the mature for 3 years decide to mate lay eggs wait 2 months for chicks to hatch then slaughter at 18 months and bam your an emu rancher
    But heck if you got that kind of time and money and land why
     
  3. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    The only way to make money on emus on a small scale is to NOT raise them.

    Experiance talkin' here. [​IMG]

    Plus they have to be one of the stupidest critters God ever made that hasn't went extinct. [​IMG]
     
  4. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    They aren't real bright, only because they are flight animals and have smaller brains.. hehe but they sure are entertaining. A emu raised from a chick is like having a big feathered dog. They are also a lot like horses in ways.... kind of like having a cross between a chicken, a dog, and a horse. [​IMG]

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  5. Supreme Emu

    Supreme Emu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jojoba beans, blue gum plantation, tulips, gold ETFs, Certificate One Clairvoyancy today, emu-farming . . .
     
  6. IamTheChickenWhisperer

    IamTheChickenWhisperer Out Of The Brooder

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    I can tell ya in FL the emu went the way of the ostrich and rhea. Someone you can make good money on the chicks when people are fool enough to buy them on the unique cuteness factor and you can make money selling whole drained egg shells to artist. Otherwise...here on a good day, people beg to GIVE them away. At auction a clean healthy adult bird will bring between $5 aned $30 dollars. The are outta vouge and pretty much worthless here.
     
  7. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    15-20 yrs ago they were bringing serious, real serious money but since "2000" the bottom fell out. to answer your question these birds are a $$$ pit, not at all worth the effort. wish you luck.

    AL
     
  8. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how much work is it to process one of those for meat? Is it any good? Does it taste like chicken? Seriously what is teh flavor like.
     
  9. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    Quote:Easy to process for just meat, just cut the legs off. Seriously, that's about all there is to it.
    Yes, it's pretty good meat, just not a lot of it.
    No it doesn't taste like chicken, more like a mild beef to me.


    The oil is worth more than the meat, or was, I haven't had them in years.
     
  10. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Easy to process for just meat, just cut the legs off. Seriously, that's about all there is to it.
    Yes, it's pretty good meat, just not a lot of it.
    No it doesn't taste like chicken, more like a mild beef to me.


    The oil is worth more than the meat, or was, I haven't had them in years.

    I might have to see if i can pick one up cheap.
     

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