anyone have 2 male emus sitting on the same clutch?

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by TravisZ, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. TravisZ

    TravisZ Hatching

    Feb 19, 2015

    I'm in N CA on the coast. The Temp is 60/70's

    Two males, one female in this area

    These two males decided to start sitting together on the clutch after the 9th egg was laid.
    Sometimes it's just the one or the second male will sit beside him and pickup bits of straw like when they cover up the eggs except he puts it on himself. It's kinda sad, funny, and scary at the same time but most of the day/night they sit together, sometimes on top, sometimes side by side. haven't seen or heard any fighting so I haven't tried to stop it

    In another area we have 1 male & female.
    He also decided to start sitting after the 9th egg was laid and now is on at least 10. He's doing his normal trance state but sometimes I can catch him up turning the eggs :)

  2. Emu559

    Emu559 In the Brooder

    Nov 28, 2014
    Madera County, CA
    We're having the same issue.
  3. briefvisit

    briefvisit Songster

    Nov 9, 2013
    fast as i can type

    there's an oddity in the emu nesting dynamic:

    it's Taylor, 2003, from memory, whose study reveals that around half of the eggs that males hatch aren't theirs.

    This might explain why there's no aggressive possessiveness in a case like this.

    (and yah, isn't the 'Look, I'm putting little bits of leaves and grass on and around myself -- that'll keep me warm!'


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