Emu info and breeders

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by 2002, Dec 7, 2015.

  1. 2002

    2002 Out Of The Brooder

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    Next year i am hoping to add a emu to my flock. Can anyone tell me what their care is? What their temperment is? What their enviroment needs to be? Can you free range them and they will stay around? Do they make good pets? And When is emu hatching time? And if anyone is a emu breeder could you tell me when you have chicks. Im only 13 and cant pay very much money for a emu chick even though i know they are usually really expensive. But i know they need lots of room and we live in the country and have 13 acres. Thank you!
     
  2. farmchick897

    farmchick897 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you need to research old threads as it clearly shows you haven't done any research on emus. You shouldn't get emus just because they are cool and the cost of the emu is much cheaper than the fencing you will have to put up to contain them. Because NO you can't free range a 150lb bird and expect it to stay in your yard. [​IMG]
     
  3. xxnativewolfxx

    xxnativewolfxx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i would have to agree these birds are NOT something to up and get....they are cute as chicks....but in a matter of one year can be well past 5 feet tall and are NO longer easy to handle. heck at 4 months old they can be impossible to handle......emus are semi social birds....i do not recommend keeping a trio unless they have a HUGE field with lots of visual blockers....and a fence well past 6 feet to stop fence jumpers. they can and will get to 6 feet tall when standing straight tall..they will get 100+ pounds....can run past 40 mph.....and kick HARD and with there claws can gash you REALLY bad...they need ALOT of room to run to ensure good leg growth..if you get ONE you will be OK with a 5 foot fence..but you are better off with a 6 foot tall fence. because if they spook (which they will) ....they WILL ram fences and try to flee over them... it is NOT cheep to start off with the fencing....they will fight and they will hurt each other BADLY if you do not stop them in time..thats why people put big round hay bales in there pens so the weak emu can hide behind it to stop the other from chasing it. they need proper feed and shelter can be a full barn to a three sided shelter......during breeding season the males and females can and WILL get aggressive with you and you turn from a mocho person to a kitten real quick when a 6 foot raptor comes at you hissing. even though they are ALOT safer to work with than cows and horses they are large animals none the less and can hurt you BADLY! they are EVERY territorial mine kill chickens constantly when they fly over into there pen......also always have an xtra pen on hand when one gets injured or its getting beat up.....i will have atleast 3 breeding pairs here so i will have 4 to 5 pens to have on hand if something happens. emus are NOT for everyone i hate to tell you and we are not trying to sound like ********....but we need to get it in the heads of people these birds are NOT for everyone. they are alot of time and effort. [​IMG]
     
  4. xxnativewolfxx

    xxnativewolfxx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you want to get them.....get them.....but do atleast a years worth of studying and preparing for them. and find breeders and visit there farms so they can show you how to handle them and act around them
     
  5. 2002

    2002 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, i have done quit a bit of research actually and looked at older threads i just wanted to get some newer info than from 2009. Anyway, i do have a fenced in 50 by 25 run thats 8 ft tall but i was just wondering. Thank you anyway.
     
  6. briefvisit

    briefvisit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, 2002. I'm confused: '50 by 25 run'? Feet? Yards? Kilometres? Miles?

    That is, how big is their paddock?

    Supreme Emu, Western Australia
     
  7. 2002

    2002 Out Of The Brooder

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    That is feet, and thats just a run. I would be able to move them to a big area to run everyday. And padlock is medium sized.
     
  8. briefvisit

    briefvisit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lovely, 2002. You had me worried there for a minute. Look forward to hearing how you develop Emooo's environment.

    [Got two tame-wilds here this morning, and a truly wild male sneaking up under the plum tree.]
     
  9. 2002

    2002 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much for the Advise! I will definitely let you know how my emu environment turns out! Looking forward to owning one! (or 2 [​IMG])
     
  10. xxnativewolfxx

    xxnativewolfxx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i find its best to have emus in there own area for a breeding pair about.......ehhh 30 x 100 works BEST they dont much WIDTH aslong as they can run your good
     

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