Emu breeding season in the US?

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by Kingheman, Oct 17, 2015.

  1. Kingheman

    Kingheman Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone breeding Emus in the US, especially southeast?
    We figure our first emus are hitting maturity now that they are coming up on 2yrs old. I had evidence this morning, as one just tried to have his way with me while I was working on a project on the ground.
    We expected spring breeding, not winter. Are these guys just horn dogs, or are we going to be dealing with eggs in winter?

    Thanks for the advice!
    Rebekah
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2015
  2. farmchick897

    farmchick897 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They start laying in Dec thru April...
     
  3. Kingheman

    Kingheman Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, baby!
     
  4. Have you heard of "the emu farmer's handbook" by phillip and maria minnnaar?
     
  5. Kingheman

    Kingheman Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes! We bought it, but we're in the midst of a remodel right now and that one is packed away in a box at the moment. :(
     
  6. farmchick897

    farmchick897 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today I got the 1st egg of the season.
     
  7. Kingheman

    Kingheman Out Of The Brooder

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    Would you share a pic of the nest? I'm curious to see what they come up with in the us for nesting.
     
  8. farmchick897

    farmchick897 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For some reason I can't upload pics but they gather leaves and sticks to hide the egg.
     
  9. xxnativewolfxx

    xxnativewolfxx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the breeding season has begun it comes fall my friend in west Virginia her emus have begun laying already. and the breeding season usually lasts till like....ehh....it varies sometimes from early winter and then late winter to early spring typically it ends in winter the actually BREEDING then they lay there eggs and sit on them (males only) but kee taking the eggs and she will kee laying. second year you MAY not even get eggs or you might its 50 50 typically you will but only like 20 ish now when they get OLDER you may get 40 eggs a year. they will also try to hide there eggs to so be on the look out for that! but all in all you SHOULD be getting eggs soon. check corners ect but they may just lay them anywhere OR in there shed ect.
     

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