Hi there everybody. I'm looking into hopefully getting an emu chick next spring, if all goes well, and I've got a couple questions about them. The first is feed. What protein % should they have as chicks, juveniles, and adults? What about calcium? What ages should they transition to their juvenile & adult feeds? I'm planning on raising them with my multi species chicken/turkey/guinea/peafowl/waterfowl flock. That flock is currently feed a mixture of 22% turkey grow, 20% flock raiser, and 16% (low calcium) rooster mix, with a bit of oyster shell offered in a seperate but nearby feeder. Will I need to make it so the the emu cannot get to the chicken's feed, or can they eat this mixture? I use Bar Ale feeds. The only ratite feed they have is a "18% Ratite Maintenance Pellet." What life stage would this be used for? What should I use for the other ages? Can any kind of chicken feeds be substituted? (I'd really prefer to stick with Bar Ale feeds if possible. I work at a BA dealer so it's significantly cheaper for me). Second is fencing. Some sources say 6 foot is necessary; others say 5. Mine is a 5, it's welded deer/garden fencing. The squares are 2x4 inch. Not terribly strong but it stands up when my turkeys bounce against it. It does eventually begin to fall apart if it gets daily wear (found this out when I used it for a couple of gates) but can be fixed somewhat easily with zip ties. As for the run itself, it's L-shaped, and about 4,000 sq. ft. (That's an estimate. I've never properly measured it. Suffice to say, it's big.) The coop, on the other hand, is 16x16 foot, with a 6-7 foot sloped roof. Plywood and cattle panel design to protect from bears. Dirt floor with deep litter pine shavings. Anything sounding terribly inappropriate for emus? Any suggestions for fencing or improvements? The chicken run borders on the garden. There are a few bushes and small trees within a foot or two of the fence on the inner sides of the L-Shape. Should I expect to see the emu leaning on these areas, trying to get to the plants? How would you suggest I reinforce the area if so? The third question. I would like to raise a very friendly emu. I also am hoping to keep only one. If it's raised with lots of human interaction, and gets used to having only chicken companions, will it be alright? Is it possible it will develop any human aggression? I also read that males are often friendlier than females. Is this still true if it is raised on it's own?