General Emu Care

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by Formica123, Nov 26, 2016.

  1. Formica123

    Formica123 New Egg

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    Can anybody advise me on the general upkeep of an emu?
    I'm wanting to get one, what size cabin would it need to sleep in? I have one that's big enough for a person that's not being used that should be ok.
    Also, is 7 acres enough land for them to roam?
    What kind of food should I provide?
    Thanks,
    Formica
     
  2. briefvisit

    briefvisit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will provide a cabin. Emoo will likely ignore it. (They have all-weather feather pyjamas!)

    Correct fencing is the issue -- read back posts: it's been discussed at great length.

    Feeding pet emus has also been much discussed. Until you get up to speed on the basics, please splurge on some yummy greens for them.

    And they love currants, etc.

    There is years and years of wisdom to be found in the back posts.
     
  3. Formica123

    Formica123 New Egg

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    So they will sleep outside? Even in winter?!

    I'll get them some good electric fencing - even though there's not many predators around here, just the odd wild boar that might scare them really.

    I imagine their food will be similar to the pigs but in larger quantities.
    Cabbage, leattuce, cucumber etc.
     
  4. briefvisit

    briefvisit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keep reading up on fences: I don't think electric one are the go.

    Here's a Bigger Perspective:

    the major risks to pet/captive emus are human-made: diseases not present in Australia, injuries on fences they try to climb while panicked; predators they can't get away from, unbalanced diet, etc.

    Conversely, think about their natural state -- like not having little cabins to sleep in*. Emus are hardy and self-sustaining. So, broad and well-researched diet, lots and lots and lots of space per bird, trees and shrubs (and water -- emus love to swim).


    *much Internet and even 'official academic' data on emus is demonstrably wrong; but I do understand that they range naturally into pretty high -- cold -- areas of the Great Dividing Range.





    -- this clip really gets my dander up. The person who posted it knows nothing about emus. The chicks are not 'her friends.' They are cowering in terror before a threatening adult bird -- isn't it obvious from their posture? My point is: bare open pen.

    -- note how much like Australian bush this enclosure is. A place to get out of direct sight of a more powerful bird is v. important if you can't do what they do in the wild: run away.

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