First Emu Egg- Need Help!

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by Irine, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. Irine

    Irine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Found our first emu egg today in the open field, no nest...what to I do?
    1.Leave it as is?
    2.Build a nest lol ?
    3. Should I wait until more eggs show up until the male will start building a nest?
    My intention is to have them hatch and raise the babies naturally.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. I would hate to see the egg go to waste.
    Thanks in advance [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2011
  2. dnkfarm

    dnkfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Where did you find the egg? Was it near the fence line or just out in the middle? Someone told me that the first timers may lay just anywhere. If u don't see him bothering w/it after a day or so I would pick it up.
     
  3. Irine

    Irine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was by the fence , where they usually roost at tight, but there is no nest. I will go look at it today, just to make sure it's safe. There is a somewhat of a hill side and I am scared that the egg could roll down .
     
  4. dnkfarm

    dnkfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    In most everything I have heard, read or pictures I've seen They lay by or near the fence line. I think they only lay every 3 days. Wait and see if another comes. I have been looking for eggs and none yet hopefully soon. Good Luck!
     
  5. Irine

    Irine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you, I have been watching them [​IMG] Will see what happens. Good luck to you 2
     
  6. Sumatra503

    Sumatra503 Kozy Orchard Farms

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    I hope you end up with a nice cozy nest and some adorable babies!
     
  7. Irine

    Irine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]

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    [​IMG]Our first egg, today we found one more egg [​IMG]

    The gang [​IMG]
     
  8. Sumatra503

    Sumatra503 Kozy Orchard Farms

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    Those Emu look so huge next to you!

    Nice to see the nice egg from the Dwarf Emu next to that regular emu egg![​IMG]
     
  9. Irine

    Irine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thats my daughter...and yep- nice little egg
     
  10. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Mine like to lay near fence lines, and once they get really started they can lay every other day or so. The nest can be a shallow depression in the ground with a pine needle or two over it or it can be a bunch of leaves etc... Make sure they have something to use, leaves, hay ...etc.. I would leave it there for awhile. It took about 5 eggs before Merlin started to sit them.
     

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