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Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by Fowl97, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. Fowl97

    Fowl97 Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    what are emus good for do yuo sell fethers of just eggs anything?

  2. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    We raised ours up from babies with all our livestock, now they help protect them. I do not trust them with baby chicks, as anything new to their environment is a threat, but I have Seramas that walk in their shadow without problems. I would not put chickens in with those emu that have not grown up with them.....they would probably get stomped. Ours chase any cat that comes in the yard or any other "new" animal. They are fine with people, but they also keep people at bay just by how they look.... no one wants to come in a yard with those big eyes looking over at them... LOL. But they are also funny, comical, like little slow learning kids. They are not the brightest creatures, but they sure are amusing.....

    Jazzy with a peacock - who bosses him around

    Jazzy at the back door when the dogs let him out...and I was late feeding up

    Love the eyes on them.......
  3. Fowl97

    Fowl97 Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    i would get 1 if i could
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Does anyone have pictures of their growth? How fast do they grow? Were they brooded indoors our out? If indoors, how long did that last?

    Do they stick close to home or tend to wander off? They sounds interesting.
  5. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    They grow fairly slow IMO, at least as much as their poo stinks as chicks, I was wanting them to grow faster... LOL. We raised ours in the house until they could reach things off the counter, then they went outside in a dog run with igloo house. They are fairly easy to keep, but a high fence is recommended, unless you have a lot of room. We would take them out with us to feed up and get use to the other animals. They are very silly creatures and very innocent about the world. Ours love to interact with us and other people. They follow us everywhere. they will lay down if you touch their backs, they LOVE the water and to roll in the kiddie pools. i'll look for their pics growing up............
  6. wohneli

    wohneli Songster

    Oct 6, 2008
    Does one get an Emu as a day old chick or as a started chick or as an egg?
  7. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I would suggest getting them at a few weeks old, as soon as they eat on their own.......

  8. Barred Rocks forever

    Barred Rocks forever Songster

    Aug 9, 2009
    do emus need male emus to lay eggs ?
  9. srsmith69

    srsmith69 Songster

    Aug 25, 2009
    "As soon as they eat on their own"

    You mean you have to feed them yourself? Would the mother bird feed them in nature similar to pigeons feeding their squabs?
  10. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    The male emu sits and cares for the chicks. In nature they imitate daddy and eat what he eats...... but unless you go around all day picking at the ground they will need to be taught how to eat, and may need some hand feeding for a short time...... i can't remember. Raising them with some turkey poults or baby chicks helps them learn faster I would think... Mine were already eating pretty well on their own when we got them.

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