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Newbee to BYC with a question about my EMU

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by Clems kid, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. Clems kid

    Clems kid Hatching

    Jan 24, 2013
    My emu suddenly lost about half his feathers overnight. Has anyone experienced this, and can you tell me what to do. I made him a coat because I live in WNY and it's cold and snowy right now.

  2. Was he attacked by anything?

    One of mine was attacked by a couple of dogs someone dumped off about a week ago.. piles of feathers EVERYWHERE.. luckily I got out there before the dogs killed him.. though they did leave a big gaping wound on the back of his neck and several bite wounds all over.

    He's doing fine now.. still needs to heal and he looks pretty scraggly.. but he's moving around fine and eating well. He just looks so pathetic compared to the others.. not nearly as fluffy as he used to be

    when mine moult they lose feathers here and there.. but not a sudden loss like you are describing
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    1/2 his feathers.....like half Bald? My thought would be stress, emu will rip out their own feathers if highly stressed and confined...... Another animal ripping out or over grooming affected emu..... Diet imbalance.... Parasite of some kind.
  4. It's fair to pamper the bird meanwhile. The blanket is a great idea. Perhaps you could broaden its diet temporarily? E.H.'s thought about diet imbalance seems sound. If nothing else, it needs to keep its strength up.

    Supreme Emu
  5. How is Emoo?


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