Okay so I had my first in person encounter this weekend at a wisconsin bird swap with rhea and ostrich chicks. I have always liked this groups of birds, and almost bought emu eggs last year, and rhea chicks this weekend but decided this will be a 2012 project. So what do you prefer emu or rheas. I live in michigan and we get lots of snow and cold. If I got emu could I put them in a horse pasture with an electric fence? What is it like incubating eggs, I would prefer to raise them from chicks to get a good feel of the birds personality when dealing with such big birds. Do rhea make as good of pets as emu? Could I put rhea in with my swans and wild geese?