Hi. I'm new here. I acquired 2 male and 1 female emu chicks 3 years ago. Have very much enjoyed raising them and plan to keep them their entire lives (or mine). I assume that they have common parents but can't verify for certain. I knew that my female might start laying eggs this winter but I guess I wasn't as prepared as I should have been. I saw them breeding for the first time just yesterday, and today I'm pretty sure one of the boys is sitting on the first egg. I have many questions and would welcome any advice. My birds are tame. I don't touch them daily but nearly so. The female has her neck constantly ruffed out today and is very interested in the sitting male. Is it safe for me to try and get the egg out from under him, or is one or the other likely to get aggressive? I live in central IN so winter temps are highly variable. Some years the ground never freezes, other years we can get into the minus teens and stay in single digits for extended periods. They have access to a 3-sided shelter, and that is where the male is sitting. I'm frankly not sure yet what I intend to do with the eggs. I may attempt to incubate some or I may just blow them out. But I'm also intrigued by the idea of letting him brood them naturally. Is that even an option? I'm concerned that he might freeze to death sitting on them for so long without ample nutrition. From everything I've read and been told, the sitting male will not get up to eat. Will he eat while he sits if I put food in his range? Is this a bad idea for some reason I'm not thinking of? As to the issue of their relatedness, I have no idea how much inbreeding may already be in this line. My birds are vigorous and have always been healthy - no evidence of any genetic issues. But like I said, I'm pretty sure that mom and dad are siblings. Given that I don't know the degree of inbreeding, should I even try to hatch these eggs? Thanks in advance for any advice. I have many years experience raising, incubating, etc various chicken breeds and guineas, but I still feel like an emu neophyte after 3 years.