Emu breeders in AZ?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by KadenL, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. KadenL

    KadenL Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there! I've been thinking of raising a pair of Emu, breeding or otherwise, as sex of the pair is of no concern as long as at least one of them is female, for egg laying purposes... I have raised lots of birds in the past, but recently my last remaining Black Star hen passed, and I cant bring myself to buy any more chickens, so I think turning over a new leaf with a different bird may be beneficial. I have enough space for the two birds, ranging on one and half acres, it's entirely fenced, and I've done extensive research on how to care for such animals. Currently, my only setback is, where the heck do I find some hatching eggs?
    There are a few emu ranches nearby but they refuse to sell hatching eggs or any birds, chicks or otherwise, at all, and the only places I know of that sell large-bird eggs nearby is an ostrich farm down town from where I live, but ostriches, I've heard, are ornery things. Every other place I've contacted has referred me to a farm up in Pennsylvania, but id rather not risk egg breakage when they're so expensive to purchase. Is there anybody who breeds emu or rhea nearby? Even in neighboring states?
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Emus were the big craze some years ago and a lot of chicken folks had them. Now not so much. If they are very well socialized young, they will be much easier to handle and enjoy.

    They are just hilarious to watch. I may be wrong but I don't believe the females lay till about 3 yrs. old. Sometimes by then the male or female or both - don't know how, or don't want to breed. That happened to one person I know. Two pairs of Emu and no fertile eggs between them.

    Have you checked out the Emu threads, the folks on there may know of others near you.
     
  4. KadenL

    KadenL Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I knew there was a tread on here about emu but I missed that particular one! I'm a little new here so I must admit I still don't really know my way around the threads, but it's an awesome site, though it seems to have died quite a bit since many threads seems to end in 2013 and never pick up again. It's sad cause there's a lot of great info here. I'll definitely check the AZ thread though, that should be really helpful. Thanks again!
     
  5. KadenL

    KadenL Out Of The Brooder

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    I've seen some emu threads and done extensive research, but I don't have the space for a huge flock so two emu hens who lay infertile eggs or a non breeding pair would be no problem for me. Thank you for the information, though! :)
     
  6. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
     
  7. KadenL

    KadenL Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! :) Everyone is so nice around here!
     
  8. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    By the way, I'm pretty sure that someone over in Apache Junction sells emus.
     
  9. KadenL

    KadenL Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I shut followed the link to the classifieds and I will be contacting a few of the emu breeders there! I really appreciate your help! :)
     
  10. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Your welcome!
     

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