Just bought first emu egg today :)

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by Pastel, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Pastel

    Pastel Hatching

    Dec 12, 2012
    I bought my first emu egg today :)
    I'm looking for any advise on incubating, weighing ect..
    Going to start my second incubator just for it, should be ready tomorrow.
    I really want him/her to hatch :)
  2. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Songster

    Apr 22, 2012
    Southwest Virginia
    My Coop
    Wow, very cool! My friend's looking into getting Emus. Definitely let us know how the incubation goes! How many Emu eggs do you think would fit in something like a Genesis (40-50 chicken egg incubator)?
  3. There are two threads on here concerning hatching.. tons of info on them

    plus I have links in my signature
  4. thasista

    thasista Songster

    Oct 25, 2011
    My Coop
    This may be a realy dumb question, but what do you guys do with emus? I thought very seriously about attempting to hatch some, but then reality set in and I couldn't think of what I would do with them?!
  5. Originally they were being kept as an alternative meat source (compares nicely to beef) with the oil and leather being used as well. The bottom fell out of the market since most people just weren't ready to eat exotic meat even though it is better for you than beef. I believe I am one of the few on this forum who has actually eaten emu meat.

    There are still some people who raise them to butcher for the meat and oil and also sell hatching eggs or eggs for eating and carving.

    But most of the people on this forum keep them as pets.

    They do require very good fencing and as much land as possible (basically the same amount you would need to keep a horse). So they should not be looked upon as being a "fad pet".

    Many vets have no idea how to treat one if it's sick and they have specific feed requirements in order to prevent leg issues.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2013
  6. thasista

    thasista Songster

    Oct 25, 2011
    My Coop
    Thanks for the info. I have roughly 160 acres so land isn't a problem, however I don't think this is an animal for me. I wouldn't have a problem eating one, but they seem to require quite a bit of care. They are very interesting though!
  7. You play Gobble That Prune, which goes like this:

    The emu lover gets on her knees, with a prune held loosely between her lips. The (tame) feathered dinosaur approaches, and snatches the prune. If the bird is nice and tame, and your guests are still and quiet, you can definitely make money betting on Gobble That Prune. I play it regularly with this (tame-not-a-pet) double-alpha bird. She's six feet tall, and could kick her way out of a float trailer; but she loves prunes:


    Last edited: Feb 18, 2013

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