I'm not planning on getting emus for a couple of years, but am currently working on designing the run fencing and housing. I've read all the books and documents I can find on them, which has been great for general husbandry and such, but has mostly been commercial information and I'm strictly interested in pets so now I'm looking for some firsthand info from more pet-minded folks. In particular, I'm wondering what alternatives to keeping a breeding pair folks have found to work best - i.e. an individual male or an individual female (I work out of my house and am in and out of the field all day, everyday) or two males or two females. Also, what do the personality/behavior differences between the genders (if any) tend to be and how accurate is emus sexing? Additionally, I'm wondering about other random emu likes that the commercial info might have left out - if they want a shallow pond for bathing (and if so, what depth you've found to work best) or if they prefer a sandy pit for dust baths (or both). If they don't like the rain and would like a large covered area to hang out under during the day in addition to the barn or if they don't mind getting wet. I live in western Washington so we get a lot of cool rain - my ducks and geese think it's the best thing ever, but if it's so much as sprinkling my goats won't come out from under their covered play areas. Any other suggestions for additions to pen / enclosures / barns or anything you've found that emus just seem to love or hate, would be highly appreciated. Thanks so much!