Emu Eggs

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by FuzzyButtsFarm, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    The neighbor lady gave me six emu eggs yesterday. How long are they viable. I have no intention of getting in to raising emus and need to know how long I have to find someone who can use them. Thanks PM me if any one is interested in them.
     
  2. ericefl

    ericefl Out Of The Brooder

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    I will take two off your hands if you want! I can pick them up today or tomorrow. I live in Orlando

    How long have they been out of an incubator? And do you know if they are fertilized?
     
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  3. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    msheets is looking for eggs!

    my understanding is that they are good for 18 days.. but that's pushing it a bit
     
  4. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    I read up on emus and unlike chickens they usually don't lay eggs if they are not fertilized. The male makes the nest and hatches the eggs. The lady said they were fertile.
     
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  5. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    not quite... they normally won't unless they have been bred ..
    I have spoken to one emu farmer who had a trio and had to remove one female because she was aggressive... she was never bred but once the male started breeding the other female she laid eggs.. none were fertile.. so she may just have been an odd ball

    also the first few eggs may not be fertile even if the female has been bred.. so the people I spoke to said they never try to incubate the first eggs since they may or may not be fertile
    I think the general consensus was that by the third egg they were ok to set
     
  6. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    They have been breeding emus to sell for quite awhile. She sold the last 4 she had yesterday but still has one cause they couldn't get it on the trailer. She had me hatch some chicks for her and I think she is going to keep chickens for the eggs.
     
  7. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    if they have been laying eggs for a while this season then the eggs should be good for hatching.. I wouldn't hang on to them too long though if you're giving them away because the longer they sit the less viable they will be and the more moisture they will lose.

    lol.. wish I had someone local I could get eggs from and not have to have mine shipped in.. but the people at the "wild animal park" have no clue what they are doing (the woman on the phone tried to tell me that emus don't lay eggs.. when I told her they do she said they won't lay any til June!).. I realize they recently bought the park from the original owners.. but dang.. you would think they would have learned something about their animals
     
  8. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    Great news. I found someone who wants them and they will be picking them up after 5pm today. Problem solved I hope. Thanks for all who replied. BYC Rocks. [​IMG]
     
  9. Irine

    Irine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when is the end of season :), mine started laying in mid December, I am expecting them to lay for another 2 month.[​IMG]
     

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