Can emus be in the same fenced in area with camels?

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by reveriereptile, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. reveriereptile

    reveriereptile Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My FIL is going to order some poultry for spring and he mentioned something to me earlier if I knew where to get some emu chicks. He has had ostrich before but not when I was around. They were in the field with the camels and the only problem he had was during feeding time. The camels take turns putting their head in the feed bucket but the ostrich wanted to keep their heads in it. We could make separate feeding areas for them with a feeder the camels can't eat out of so the emus could. I had been talking about looking at the pictures on here and it must of got him thinking of emus. I'm not sure how big our camel area is but I think it is probably bigger than an acre. We have a 8' high chain link fence all the way around it. We only have 3 camels in the field. I didn't know if they would be alright together. I've seen giraffes in zoos with ostriches before. Also how dangerous can a emu get? I know they can gut someone very easily. If I hand raised a couple and made sure they were introduced to a bunch of people and new surroundings as babies I know they could become tame but also know that they are a large bird and like any other animal can turn. If we do get any I will be mostly taking care of them but once they get large I will be having my FIL help just incase. How much do emu chicks usually cost? We would be wanting some mainly for a hobby.
     
  2. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    Emu chicks are usually from $50-100. I love them! They're so neat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OMGSH! You have CAMELS??? got any photos??? I am in NY too! Where are in you???
     
  3. reveriereptile

    reveriereptile Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We live in St. Lawrence County way up in the northern part of NY. About 20 minutes from Canada.

    This was from last winter. We move the camels to a smaller area so they can get up in the building to be warm during the winter. Did have another adult female that was very friendly and loved for her neck to be pet. You'd start petting her neck and she would keep lowering her head till you had to hold her head up. She passed away last year though due to a lumpy jaw infection. We had different vets look at her but they didn't know what it was and finally one knew what it was but it was to late and just started winter. Our other ones aren't as friendly. They look a little thin in the pictures but we wormed them and they put the weight back on. We worm them whenever they start looking thin.
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    We did have two babies but we sold the male and the female dislocated her leg and had to be put down.
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  4. Sumatra503

    Sumatra503 Kozy Orchard Farms

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    nice pictures.

    I think I can honestly say I've never heard that one before![​IMG]
     
  5. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    WOW. How do they like the cold weather? Where is world did you find them? Do you have a website? This is so cool!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. reveriereptile

    reveriereptile Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They handle the cold just fine. Their fur gets thick about like most animals when it gets close to winter. I'm not sure where my FIL got them from. I think he either found someone at an auction, out of the animal finders guide, or got them from a breeder in Canada. He had camels for a long time before I got with my husband. He had one that got sick and passed away and another that had her hip broke when he had her shipped to be bred from the male. The old one that passed away from the infection was his last one of the orginal ones he had. The other two females we have now are her daughters, the male he bought from someone a few years ago but wasn't ready to breed yet, and the babies are from the daughters when they were shipped to be bred.

    I may try to get some new pictures of them if it isn't to cold out. If I get some I'll be sure to post them.
     
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  7. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I don't see why not.... I have them in with all my farm animals, llamas, mini cattle... etc.... Emu are way more docile than an ostrich, from what I've herd from people that raise them, especially during breeding season. My males... take more liking to me
    during breeding season... but that's about as dangerous as they get intentionally... besides their normal grab for an ear or something shiny. Danger comes when you try to grab one and hold it still, or grab a leg. Most people get injured by them when trying to move them, load them in a trailer or hold still for a vet. Proper way to grab one is from behind, grabbing one little birdie arm in each hand and pinning them from going backward with your weight. Walk with them and steer with their arms. They can kick forward and sideways, but not really backward. My two males, as soon as you go to walk them, they lay down..... lazy buggers. Teach them from an early age how to be handled..... you'll be happy you put in the effort when they weight 125 lbs.
     
  8. Supreme Emu

    Supreme Emu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I needed a place to live, and found an old farmhouse in the bush. So, these emus turn up. I feed them. I tame them. I find BYC in my search for Quality Emu Information. Someone on BYC wants to know if emus are compatible with . . . camels. I'm looking at pictures of cute baby camels.

    Obvious, really, when you think about it . . .

    Supreme Emu
     
  9. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Supreme Emu, now you need to find out how to attract camels..... [​IMG]
     
  10. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    The title of this thread really lured me. [​IMG] I know little to nothing of Emus and integrating them with larger livestock, but wow! Very nice to see someone with Camels. [​IMG]
     

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