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Are Figs Yummy for Emus?

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

  1. Supreme Emu

    Supreme Emu Chirping

    Jun 8, 2010
    The secondary preoccupation of my birds – after eating – is glukking and fumphing and feather-flaring and chasing one another endlessly around the house-clearing. Number One (bottom of the pecking-order) trots jauntily ahead of Felicity (number two) for hundreds of metres, around and around the house.
    But behold what happens when Foreign Emus come!!

    Background: fig season has begun. There are two enormous fig trees rise next to the gums behind the house. I think there are perhaps three or four mobs of a half a dozen emus that live principally on this thousand acres, and they may have chicks. I think there are a dozen or more chicks and adolescents at present.

    So, it seems my birds know when the foreign emus are approaching. [Any opinions here?] Suddenly, it's Solidarity City! My emus are in perfect co-ordination against the interlopers, who 'drift' up through the gums (where I can't seem them 'til they emerge) or up a track between the gums (where I can see them). They don't battle. It's more a long and slow ballet of movement and display: a big foreign bird 'puffs up' and advances. My birds (principally Greedy, the alpha bird, and the biggest by some kilos) will puff up in return. [Look up the expressions 'greater and lesser panoply,' readers.] There may be a feint or two, but the foreign emus are much at the disadvantage because my birds are between them and the figs.

    I suspect that the foreign emus make random excursions to the edge of their territory, which is the house-clearing. If my emus are away being wild emus, the foreign emus slip in and score a feed.

    There's another dynamic, though: sometimes, although there is low-level fussing, my emus allow the foreign emus to eat the figs – any opinions? Could it be that the emus' behaviour is similar to humans? that is, that the emus recognise biological kin, and allow them to browse? (Remember that my birds are related to some number of these birds. My emus' parents occasionally visit, and get wheat.) The distinction is clear: sometimes foreign emus get to browse; sometimes they are confronted and peremptorily repulsed, indeed, 'escorted' several hundred metres through the scrub.

    Supreme Emu

  2. foulman007

    foulman007 Songster

    Dec 29, 2010
    Columbia SC
    yeah my emus gorge themselves on their nutritionaly balanced feed till they cant get anymore down. then they lay down for an hour or so and go back for more. I have boring emus! I went out to get a freshly laid egg yesterday and the male tending the nest just watched me pick up his egg at his feet. The went about his tending like he wasn't intrested in the least. I thought he would at least peck me good ,nothing.[​IMG]
  3. Supreme Emu

    Supreme Emu Chirping

    Jun 8, 2010
    It's a pity, Foulman, that we can't organise tours!! BYC persons could roll up here to the farmhouse, and just sit and watch . . .

    You can take my emus for walks out the front gate and into the bush if you lots of have the time, and a packet of bribe-wheat.

    My situation is 'inverted': instead of having some emus in the middle of my world, my world is in the middle of THEIR world. I swear that Felicity Emu has no notion that walking through carports is something that normal emus don't do.

    Supreme Emu
  4. verity

    verity Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    I am so enjoying the reports of emus -- both the pet ones and their wild relatives --

    I can almost picture the whole emu interaction ---

    It is not possible for me to have an emu or two but I do love them!

    Must be content with my small flock of hens ---

    thanks to all who share on this 'thread' -- :)
  5. Ema

    Ema Songster

    Jun 4, 2010
    N. Ontario CANADA
    I don't have the answer for you, but heck I know they are yummy to me so.....why don't ya send me a few cases of yummy figs ??!! [​IMG]

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