Longevity

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by dak, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. dak

    dak geek dvm

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    So how long does a domesticated emu live for? I'd like to know before I sucumb to the urge and try to hatch a few.
     
  2. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    20-30 years [​IMG]
    Well, you give them to me....really!
     
  3. dak

    dak geek dvm

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    Quote:Must resist, must resist...........
     
  4. Supreme Emu

    Supreme Emu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dak, I had never owned a pet in my life. There is no denizen of BYC who is less an animal lover than me. (I wish animals no harm. I just aren't a pet person . . . ) These Emus turned up – I can't say 'univited': hey, it's their turf. They're the ones who were born here. Okay . . . I turned up . . .

    Two years later, I have three tame emus. No single day passes but they do something funny. They cost me very little (though my situation is unusual – they largely eat, whatchamacallit, natural emu food. From the ground. In front of them.).

    It seems that they become entirely tame if hand-reared from chicks, and compatible with other pets and livestock. I personally think – and we have all discussed this issue at length at length – that the pivotal issue is space. If you have lots of space, you can have emus.

    In closing, I note that they are an amazing attraction. I live in the country in Oz, and emus abound (quite literally. They get shot in droves for abounding in farmer's crops); but still the majority of visitors to my faraway farmhouse – including the adults – are intrigued to hand-feed giant prehistoric flightless birds with names like 'Greedy' and 'Number One.'

    Supreme Emu
     
  5. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

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    Who could resist this face........ [​IMG]
     
  6. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    Quote:I just know I can't.
     

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