Feeding emus

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by akemus, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. akemus

    akemus New Egg

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    If i was to feed my emus a mixture of barley, corn and alfalfa would they get the protein the need?
     
  2. flyweed

    flyweed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No. If you are new to raising emu's you need to read up more on their dietary needs..They have very specific needs, and you need to meet them, or you'll have serious problems down the road.

    Good luck
     
  3. akemus

    akemus New Egg

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    Thats what i was affraid of. No one carries the Ratite food up here in alaska, what can i feed them? I havent got them yet, i am trying to find a food supply first.
     
  4. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    There is another thread on here about emu feed

    when I was searching for local eggs for hatching I asked the guy who owns the local feed store if anyone around here raises emus.. he said they all got out of the business when the bottom dropped out a few years ago. So I asked him what feed they used to use.. he told me regular layer pellets (20% protein) for the chicks and calf creep feed for the adults (14% protein)

    Now I'm not sure how good the calf feed is for them.. but i have seen other website recommend the layer pellets for babies

    Here's the other link: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/614597/emu-food
     
  5. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    I'm heading out to the feedstore this morning.. so I'm going to try to get a list of ingredients or analysis on that calf creep feed...
     
  6. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    Ok.. so I asked about the creep feed.. The owner told me that when emus were big business around here everyone started off with specialty feed for them. Hoping for better egg production so they could hatch out more babies (babies were selling for 5K each with proven breeders selling for 45K a pair). When the bottom dropped out of the market they couldn't give away emus... so they didn't want to spend the cash on the more expensive feed (one guy had over 200 yearlings). So they started them on the layer feed for the chicks and for adults they fed the calf creep feed. He said every one reported back that egg production went way up as well as the number of chicks hatched out by the male emus. One of the customers there had also used the calf feed for his emus (he no longer has them) and said he was amazed at the difference it made in his birds..
    So anyway I checked the feed bags of the creep feed

    Ingredients were listed as:
    grain products
    roughage products (25%)
    plant protein products
    cane molasses
    vegetable fat
    calcium carbonate
    monocalcium phosphate
    salt
    ferrous carbonate
    ferrous sulfate
    cobalt carbonate
    cobalt sulfate
    sodium selenite
    vitamin A supplement
    vitamin D3 supplement
    vitamin E supplement
    ethylenediamine dihydriodide (source of iodine)

    I think so long as you check the ingredients on the specialty feed for ratites (emus especially) and try to meet those ingredients / requirements you should be fine
     
  7. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Mine didn't like the FRM Emu pellets..... they were too tempted with all the other feed the animals get so I started feeding them my own mix. As babies they still get chick starter and greens, but as adults they get Sweet feed, horse pellets, dog food or catfish pellets, bird seed, layer crumble and sometimes some flock rasier or gamebird diet.... they also like various greens... but they LOVE dog food and learned how to steal it from the auto feeders or the dogs bowls.... [​IMG]
     
  8. dnkfarm

    dnkfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine love dog food too. I am trying to get them to eat a mixture similar to yours and I add a little dog food. They will only pick out the dog food to eat and if they get anything else they spit it out. The ppl I got them from only fed them dog food.
     
  9. flyweed

    flyweed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THought I would post this...this is the formulation and percentages from the Mazuri Ratite feeder/maintenance food:

    Pellet size: 5/32" diameter x 1/2" length. 50 lb. net weight paper sack.

    Guaranteed Analysis
    Crude protein not less than.......................17.0%
    Crude fat not less than................................2.5%
    Crude fiber not more than.........................14.0%
    Calcium (Ca) not less than........................1.05%
    Calcium (Ca) not more than......................1.80%
    Phosphorus (P) not less than....................0.70%
    Salt (NaCl) not less than...........................0.40%
    Salt (NaCl) not more than.........................1.05%

    Ingredients
    GROUND CORN, DEHYDRATED ALFALFA MEAL, GROUND SOYBEAN HULLS, DEHULLED SOYBEAN MEAL, WHEAT MIDDLINGS, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SOYBEAN OIL, CANE MOLASSES, FISH MEAL, SALT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, LIGNIN SULFONATE, YEAST CULTURE, DL-METHIONINE, CHOLINE CHLORIDE, CHOLECALCIFEROL, VITAMIN A ACETATE, DL-ALPHA TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, BIOTIN, TOCOPHEROLS, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE, MENADIONE SODIUM BISULFITE COMPLEX, FOLIC ACID, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, RIBOFLAVIN, NICOTINIC ACID, MANGANOUS OXIDE, COPPER SULFATE, ZINC OXIDE, VITAMIN B-12 SUPPLEMENT, FERROUS CARBONATE, ZINC SULFATE, CALCIUM IODATE, MANGANESE PROTEINATE, ZINC PROTEINATE, COBALT CARBONATE, COPPER PROTEINATE, SODIUM SELENITE.
    Feeding Directions
    -- Feed free choice from 3 months of age to breeding.
    Average Feed Weights (note that average feed weights may vary due to method of measuring)
    Measurement g of Diet
    ¼ cup…………………………………..42
    ½ cup................................................80
    1 cup…………………………………..162 2/11/10


    Approximate Nutrient Composition

    NUTRIENTS
    Protein
    , %...................................................17.3
    Arginine, %..................................................0.94
    Cystine, %...................................................0.24
    Glycine, %...................................................0.73
    Histidine, %.................................................0.43
    Isoleucine, %...............................................0.87
    Leucine, %..................................................1.34
    Lysine, %.....................................................0.90
    Methionine, %.............................................0.41
    Phenylalanine, %........................................0.83
    Tyrosine, %.................................................0.57
    Threonine, %...............................................0.63
    Tryptophan, %.............................................0.21
    Valine, %.....................................................0.90

    Fat, %............................................................2.7
    Omega-3 Fatty Acids, %.............................0.20
    Omega-6 Fatty Acids, %.............................1.30

    Fiber (Crude), %.........................................13.0
    Neutral Detergent Fiber, %.........................28.0
    Acid Detergent Fiber, %..............................16.3

    Metabolizable Energy*, kcal/kg...............2,000
    MINERALS
    Ash
    , %..........................................................8.0
    Calcium, %.................................................1.50
    Phosphorus, %...........................................1.00
    Phosphorus (non-phytate), %.....................0.78
    Potassium, %..............................................1.30
    Magnesium, %............................................0.25
    Sodium, %..................................................0.20
    Chlorine, %.................................................0.52
    Fluorine, %...................................................NA
    Iron, ppm.....................................................494
    Zinc, ppm.....................................................147
    Manganese, ppm.........................................180
    Copper, ppm..................................................38
    Cobalt, ppm................................................1.10
    Iodine, ppm...................................................1.3
    Chromium, ppm............................................NA
    Selenium, ppm............................................0.68

    VITAMINS
    Thiamin, ppm.................................................14
    Riboflavin, ppm..............................................15
    Niacin, ppm..................................................100
    Pantothenic Acid, ppm..................................24
    Choline, ppm............................................2,200
    Folic Acid, ppm.............................................5.2
    Pyridoxine, ppm............................................6.0
    Biotin, ppm..................................................0.45
    Vitamin B12, mcg/kg.......................................15
    Vitamin A, IU/kg......................................16,000
    Vitamin D3 (added), IU/kg.........................3,300
    Vitamin E, IU/kg...........................................150
    Vitamin K (as menadione), ppm...................4.3
     
  10. itsibitsimi

    itsibitsimi Out Of The Brooder

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    What brand of dog food do you use? I'm curious because I would like to see if my Emu would enjoy a few nuggets.
     

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