male emu sitting on eggs

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by NickyPick, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. NickyPick

    NickyPick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A friend has a male emu that has settled down on some eggs in the wooded section of her property. Given the changing weather we're having (70's one day, rain the next, then 30's, then back up to 70's), she's a little worried about him. He won't be moved. She's going to tarp up a makeshift shelter for him, but are there any tips to get him to eat and drink while he's on broody duty?
     
  2. birdeo

    birdeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He won't eat, for the most part , while setting . Just leave some water nearby but not so close it can spill over onto the nest.
     
  3. NickyPick

    NickyPick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There's nothing to do about that? I know hens will get off the nest briefly every few days to eat and drink. Emus don't?
     
  4. briefvisit

    briefvisit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The male sits on the eggs. It doesn't eat, drink, or poop. It stands up a coupla times a day, and usually changes direction when it does so. It's hot. It's cold. Emu doesn't care. Doesn't move. Doesn't need a shelter.

    You'll find a complete observation diary of a wild emu incubating here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/641934/mating-season-in-australia/80

    Here he is. His name is 'Boy Emu': https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/641934/lightbox/post/9561722/id/5293696
     
  5. mich9510

    mich9510 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Emus are bad *****!
     
  6. Albanydog

    Albanydog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not worry about him, he knows what he is doing and chose the nesting spot and he is doing exactly what they do in the wild. They do not move or eat much, if at all. They breed at night so it is possible any feeding or drinking he may do is also going to be done at night. They can be very protective of their eggs so I would not get too close. You also do not want to upset him and have him abandon the nest.

    Please post again and let us know how everything went!
     
  7. NickyPick

    NickyPick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Apparently being disturbed isn't an issue with him. He now has bowls of food and water in front of him, a hay nest has been wrapped around him and the eggs, a tarp shelter has been erected and a vet has come out to see his swollen eye. Maybe it's different with the more domesticated emus?
     
  8. briefvisit

    briefvisit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I betcha they don't eat, drink, or breed at night.

    [Immelman made his observations in a German zoo, not in the wild.]
     

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