** emu at the end of my rope**

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by 66vette, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. 66vette

    66vette Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I got 2 emus about a mouth ago and now there 2 mouths old well one of them is picking at the other ones eye? so I put him down in the burn for the last 2 weeks away from her? well her eye got better and I put them back together today? and her eye was really red ? he has been picking at it again I really don't know what to do but get reed of him? and I really don't want to do that ? but that bis the only thing I know to do?? I also have 2 3 week old ones. and I can put them in with her alday and they play and do good? i have never put them with him? but she does really good with them.I just don't understand why he is doing this I am at the in of my rope on this one.I was wanting to keep them all together? so I really would be so very great if anyone has had thie happen to them and can help me on this ?like I said this is my frist year? with my emus? I have 4 total..


    Thanks for any help and the end of the rope...
     
  2. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    They can get fixated on things like that..... I have older ones that will do that from time to time.... You can keep them in the same area divided by a piece of chicken wire etc...so they can interact but he can't reach her eye....
     
  3. 66vette

    66vette Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks I have been thanking about that ? bonly thing is what about when it comes time for them to mate? I may have to do that ? what I have been told is that this is odd for them to do this???

    Thanks
     
  4. Tame Emu Guy

    Tame Emu Guy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey, 66vette!!

    If the birds are hostile, they must be separated. Full stop.

    Perhaps – if the hostility doesn’t stop – for good. This has long been a ‘space problem’ with emus, 66vette:
    new owners think that ‘so many birds’ = ‘so big a pen’ -- one pen.


    However, if the birds need to be separated – as in your case at this second – then you need more than one pen.

    And . . . gotta put this gently . . . I don’t think it is so that any two birds, a male and a female, put together, will necessarily form a breeding-pair. In the wild, they spend a good deal of time choosing their partners.

    Is this right, guys?? Do some pairs of birds put together simply not breed?

    se

    S.E.
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2013
  5. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    i have a friend who has a "breeding pair".. DNA verified male and female.. vet verified male and female..

    they are about 10 years old now.. so very much mature birds

    However.. even though they have been together since they were chicks.. they have never mated


    the female is in love with her cow

    the male is in love with her collie


    so just because there are ONLY two birds.. they don't HAVE to fall in birdy love and mate
     
  6. Tame Emu Guy

    Tame Emu Guy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you, Yinepu. I sometimes feel as though I am the resident hard-case.

    se
     
  7. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    nah.. you're not

    someone has to inject a dose of reality every so often.. and I think both of us have been guilty of that a time or two!
     
  8. foulman007

    foulman007 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It would be my best guess that a pair brought up together. As a flock albeit a small flock of two. Would not or very rarely mate, it seems to me a young male would look outside of its flock for a mate. I brought two males in with a female to up my chances. The first year I kept 4 young with the flock the alfa male stayed with his young during the next breeding season. While the beta male took on the duties of reproducing and mating. When beta male set up a nest he ran the rest of the flock away. After hatching chicks in tow, he was not accepted back in the flock with his chicks. After his chicks were gone he was finally accepted back a few months before breeding season. His role this season was as his first beta male. Now of the surviving first season chicks 2 years old now. I have one male and two females. Now that the alfa males male chick is coming of age this season he was being driven off by the breeding female in my flock. So next year will be interesting for the dynamic of flock1 as a female that has been kept separate will be introduced to the ousted young male. They have met on occasion when he was driven out of the flocks enclosure and found his way around to the non flock female. Now all my opinions are base on simple obersivations, as your milage may vary. I would like to know what you think of this S.E.
     
  9. 66vette

    66vette Out Of The Brooder

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    I would like to thank everyone for all the info I do have 4 emus as of right now? that may not be ina day or so?? but I welcome all the info that you can gave to me? and I am not going to get ofend my it? I don't ware my heart on my slef? thanks to one and all for the info.

    Thanks 66vett
     

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