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Male or female emu chick ?

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by ShellyBear, Jul 17, 2016.

  1. ShellyBear

    ShellyBear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This month and a half chick is said to be male but I'm not sure. . . He was sexed by his head pattern.
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    Last edited: Jul 17, 2016
  2. farmchick897

    farmchick897 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Head pattern sexing is not accurate and the only accurate way is to send DNA off to testing lab.
     
  3. DNA feather testing is a little cheaper than blood sampling and less invasive.
     
  4. sseabass

    sseabass Out Of The Brooder Premium Member

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    I just bought 2 month/ month and a half emu babies. I have a 5/6 year old female now.Where do I send a feather for testing and about how much does it cost. I am not planning on raising emus but I would be nice to know.
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  5. birdeo

    birdeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. sseabass

    sseabass Out Of The Brooder Premium Member

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    Thank you birdeo,
    I just sent in for a test kit for my 2 Emu chicks. It's nice not having to wait 2 years? Is that correct? I think this is what I was told.
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  7. ShellyBear

    ShellyBear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how long do you have to wait?
     
  8. briefvisit

    briefvisit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you mean: 'How do you determine sex without tech-testing?' Emus make a splendid variety of sounds. Those of adult females and males are often indistinguishable. But at some point . . . you'll see a late-adolescent/young adult emu 'hunker down' (with 'swan neck') and puff up its feathers, and make a string of 6-18 unmistakeable 'booms.' That's a female (and the sound comes from a vocal sac that only females have). If you hear regular strings of booms at night, and can determine which bird it is, she's female. (Males do occasionally vocalise at night, but not often.)

    Here is Felicity (but no swan neck): https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/714603/lightbox/post/10877283/id/5643618
     
  9. ShellyBear

    ShellyBear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting. . .
     

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