Few questions about emu egg incubation

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chickenpoor, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. Chickenpoor

    Chickenpoor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2011
    Westminster, SC
    Im planning to incubate a few emu eggs once my chicks finish hatching but I have a few questions before I start. This will be my first attempt at hatching emus.

    - What is the incubation period for emu eggs and on what day do you put them in lockdown?

    - What temperature do you incubate them at?

    - What humidity do you incubate them at before lockdown and during lockdown?

    If there is anything else yall think I should know about emu incubation please let me know. Like I said im totally new to emu incubation and I want to know every thing I need to know. Thanks for any and all help.
  2. Baralak

    Baralak Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is taken from Farmingfriends.com website..

    Incubation Period

    The incubation period for emu eggs is 43-50 days.

    Incubation Temperature

    The temperature in the incubator for emu eggs is 96.5-97 degrees fahrenheit.

    Humidity Levels

    The humidity level (wet bulb thermometer) for emu eggs is 70-75 degrees fahrenheit.

    Final Day Of Egg Rotation

    The final day of egg rotation for emu eggs is day 40-47.

    Please note that all of this information is only a guide and that this information may differ according to the incubator manufacturer’s guide.

    Always consult the manufacturer’s guide when using an incubator and automatic egg turner.
  3. Chickenpoor

    Chickenpoor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2011
    Westminster, SC
    I have another question I was planning to make holders for the eggs so I could use my automatic turner. Do you put them pointy end down like chicken eggs or do you have to position them differently?
  4. perolane

    perolane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2010
    Pointy end down [​IMG]
  5. ohscheerbabe201

    ohscheerbabe201 New Egg

    Feb 18, 2013
    How do you make egg holders for emu eggs?
  6. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    You really need to come over to the emu section of the forum to get accurate info
  7. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    Sorry guys...

    emu eggs are incubated and hatched on their sides
    there is NO lockdown.. they are incubated dry unless weight loss dictates otherwise
  8. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    so much wrong info..

    Temperature can vary from 95.5 to 97.5..higher temperatures shouldbe discouraged since it promotes faster groth and results in weak chicks
    length of incubation depends on the temperature.. it can go from an average of 50 days to 60 days depending on temperature
    they should be incubated dry unless weight loss dictates otherwise
    eggs should be weighed before being placed in the incubator and again once a week to determine if they are losing the correct amount of weight (15% +/- 1.2% weight loss during entire duration of incubation)
    "final day of egg rotation" is determined by tap testing the egg to see if it has sounded. If it has not sounded it should be turned until it does or until it has been determined that the egg is bad
    shipped emu eggs do best when hand turned a minimum of 3 times a day (rocking back and forth not over and over). I turn mine 5 times a day
    Auto turners should be reserved for local eggs only and even then the ranchers found that they do hatch better when hand turned

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