Pros and Cons to Keeping Emu....help, please.

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by awesomefowl, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    EXAMPLE: Pro #1: The chicks are cute.

    I really would like an Emu, but want to know more about the pros and cons of raising one or two. Thanks.
     
  2. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    con, they'll eat your children.
     
  3. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    chickensducks&agoose :

    con, they'll eat your children.

    [​IMG] True....​
     
  4. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    Sorry...to me, a 'pro' would be raising for meat (if people do such a thing). 'Cute' is something most things grow out of & is responsible for lots of unwanted pets. I'm not bashing (please don't take it that way).
    Please do some serious research first! (pro)
     
  5. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    I did do research.
     
  6. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Pro's - they are pretty easy to raise
    - they don't eat a lot of feed
    - you can use them as livestock protection when raised up around livestock
    - they are not typically aggressive
    - people think twice before coming in the yard
    - they can be a lot of fun and when raised from chicks they can be very social and love attention
    - they love water and enjoy being sprayed with a hose or given a kiddie pool
    - they are such clowns and love to jump, run and roll around
    - they eat small reptiles, mice and love to chase cats

    Cons - they grow to 5 plus feet tall, weight 125 lbs or so and can run 45 miles an hour
    - you need a good tall fence with running room
    - they have sharp claws that can easily disembowel you
    - they are attracted to anything shiny, bright colored or sticking outward that they will quickly peck - lost many earrings , bitten ears, hard to keep nails & screws away from them
    - they can jump pretty high
    - they are not the smartest of creatures and will often keep repeating a certain task.....
    - they will go after any animal that they do not see as part of the flock, so adding a new animals must be done in a separate pen.
    - they can be hard to catch if they get loose
     
  7. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    thank you chickenzoo! ! !
    How many sq ft minimum do you think 1 emu would take? I would have to build it a pen. Would 20+ x about 10-12 feet be enough?
     
  8. kburen

    kburen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Found out recently that we have one in the area on the run that has been for nearly a year or more because noone can catch it!
     
  9. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    How many sq ft do emu take each?
     
  10. ShadowRooster

    ShadowRooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As much as you can give them!

    We have two emus in a 20ft by 50ft pen and they are happy, though they would love if we made it bigger. The emu farm where I got them have 30ft by 100ft for 3-5 emus. If the pen is 100 feet of 50 feet they still walk the fence, our pen looks like a race track- grass grows only in the middle. The rest is just dirt. I would say you could keep one in a 10ft by 25ft, they like longer pens. Other peaple will say more or less.
     

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