'both chicks are in the basement because of the weather and thier size.'
I don't quite understand: you have a four-month-old chick living without room to exercise, without natural light, because 'weather and size'?
Wild emu chicks are born into a world of rain and wind, and they thrive. They breast the wet cold grass from first light to last every day.
But I bow to the wisdom of captive-bird owners: am I off track here? Shouldn't a four-month-old chick be getting some time outdoors each day?
'which is so fricken cute' I wanna go on record here: just me, personally?
I don't find anything 'cute' at all in this.
Over years on this site, it has occured to me again and again that the welfare of captive birds gets caught up in the personalities of their owners.
A few days ago, if a vet had descended the steps into your basement, she'd have seen an underweight critter with one lame leg and an infection in the other. Do you think she'd have said:
A: 'Put this bird down' or
B: 'Well, let's let it hop around (here in the basement?) until it's obviously in pain , then put it down.'
Supreme Emu, Lake Muir, W.A.
not sure what you read but they are not four mounth old chicks. they are like a mounth, and in a ten by ten pen in the basement and they go outside when ever the weather isn't pouring or freezing. you leave your chicks out in WA? no you dont ..so back up. secondly, it isnt in pain it's just deformed. so it has to hop. also there are plenty of accounts of young one legged emus. i'm sure you know that because you have all the emu books i've read. as for personalities of the owners, i could give a flying flip. i have no emoutional attachment for any animal and put down wounded or in pain livestock whenever they arise.
my question?? Are you new to reading? if so congraulation on you journey. sadly though you need to learn to read for comprehension, as you were unable to get information clearly from my post. EXAMPLE: the emu only has one lame leg and it had the infection. also the age of the emus. any way keep on reading , you'll get the hang of it!!