do i have all of the right information on emu

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by shanezoobuild, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. shanezoobuild

    shanezoobuild Out Of The Brooder

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    I’m designing a community farm and I was wondering if you could do both or one of the following for me and either answer a few questions I have and or read over my care sheet and tell me if there’s any wrong information or things you would do differently.

    Questions
    When is too old to breed 20 years
    Male to female hatch rate
    Egg cost 30$
    Chick cost 120$
    Chick feed to grower amount
    Grower to maintainer amount
    Lock down incubation humidity 30
    Brooder square feet per bird 8 sf
    Brooder height
    Nest box size
    Write up

    Emu

    Special care

    Catch from behind.
    Temperament
    Calm unless they have chicks.

    Cost
    Egg cost
    Chick cost
    Adult cost
    Chick feed to grower amount
    Grower to maintainer amount

    Enclosure

    Size
    15-25 m
    Height
    6ft
    Fence type
    Chain link, wood, wire woven
    Shelter
    3 sided shed
    Equipment
    Food,water,calcium and grit dish. Nest box
    Terrain

    Diet

    Feed type

    Ratite 20 % maintainer, or chicken maintainer
    Amount
    2 times per day as much as they can eat in 30 minutes
    Minerals/other
    None
    Breeding

    Sexing

    Baby emu male bullseye pattern, female striped
    Ratio
    1-1
    Age

    Female 2-3, Male 4 years. End 20 years
    Season
    Winter- spring
    Diet
    Added calcium in fall
    Eggs

    Clutch size and numbers per year

    5-15 every 2nd day 3 times
    Collecting time
    Late morning 3 times
    Storing

    3 days, room temperature, humidity
    Hatch time
    49-55
    Incubation temp
    100f
    Humidity
    30
    Candling

    Day 14 put on flat surface if they lean towards pointy end there is a chick.
    Day 32 place eggs on flat surface room temperature, after 5 minutes eggs that are growing will be warm to touch.

    Stop turning
    day 46
    Lock down

    When to assist

    Move to brooder

    Dry and walking
    Brooder
    Size


    Height

    Temperature decreasing

    5
    Feed type length
    16% ratite or chicken starter 2 times per day as much as they can eat in an hour. Switch feed at
    Water dishes
    Off the floor
    Special nutrients
    Non
    Grow out pen

    Size

    15-25m
    Feed type length
    Ratite or chicken grower stating at
    Butcher


    Butcher age

    1 year
    How to butcher
    Take to butcher
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    How many acres do you have for your zoo??
     
  3. shanezoobuild

    shanezoobuild Out Of The Brooder

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    un decided yet I still need to do a town survey to be se enough people like the idea and then see if the city I live in will want to buy a piece of land or if they have one that can be used why do u ask
     
  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Because I have seen the different threads you have posted. The numbers and varieties you have mentioned will need a very large acreage
     
  5. Mike1849

    Mike1849 Out Of The Brooder

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    100 degrees will get you very close to a zero hatch rate. For emu.
     
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  6. shanezoobuild

    shanezoobuild Out Of The Brooder

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    what would you suggest or temperature
     
  7. Mike1849

    Mike1849 Out Of The Brooder

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    96 to 98, although they can hatch as low as 95 but i would not try it.
     
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  8. clark-farm

    clark-farm Out Of The Brooder

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    Been keeping emu for years on a farm.

    Chicks require a lot of movement area or the knee joint doesn't develop correctly.
    Also when hatching rubber mats to make sure they don't slip.

    Adults can eat a variety of food, ratite food is just an expensive con.
    We feed a mix of foods that include goat, barley, pony nuts, they absolutely love pig food. They also love veg.
    I use for feeding plastic buckets tied to fence with squares cut out so the wander around feeding from container to container.

    Fencing 6ft. They will fight against the fence come breeding season so make sure it's tight.

    The most important thing is handling!
    Train them to a bucket of food so they will follow.
    Be very very careful with yearlings as they can kick harder and faster and are more dangerous than adults.
    Always handle from the side, one hand on the back end one hand on the neck and push and pull is the way I guide them, since they have issues side kicking.
    You will tell when they go to kick as you will feel back muscles on the leg tense just before.
    Also medical equipment
    Vetwrap
    Iodine bandages
    Cotton bandages
    Iodine spray
    Tape

    Rhea are a lot easier to care for but tend to be more aggressive.
     
  9. DoraG

    DoraG Out Of The Brooder

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    I have to agree with the posts above, you would need at least an acre for your emu to be able to run around, they can go some distance and quickly too, they enjoy playing and chasing so they do need this space, I would hate to see emu penned in to a small space.
     

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