Pros and Cons to Keeping, 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 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

    May 19, 2008
    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

    Mar 11, 2010
    claremont, NH
    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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