I am getting emus in late February, or march sometime. I've done research on them, but I'd like some info from you guys as well. I'm getting a male and female pair. I live in East Texas and according to a site, here are the freeze dates. Each winter, on average, your risk of frost is from November 20 through March 10. Almost certainly, however, you will receive frost from December 7 through February 16. You are almost guaranteed that you will not get frost from April 1 through November 4. Your frost-free growing season is around 255 days. Read more: http://davesgarden.com/guides/freeze-frost-dates/index.php?q=75964&submit=Go#ixzz3yaDq7i7y I have a grow out pen suitable for older birds, but I'm not sure how old they should be before going outside permanently. I will also fence off an additional 2 acres for them to be in. How tall must the fencing be? What kind of temperatures can an adult emu take? How old until they are ready to breed? Aside from ratite adult food, what should they eat? I heard emus like water. Can they swim if I dig a pond? For the chicks, how long should they stay indoors? Are they prone to certain injuries or diseases? Anything else I should be aware of? I'm also going on vacation for 3 days too in June. Will this not be a good idea?