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Rhea question.

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by schoebel_taylor, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. schoebel_taylor

    schoebel_taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, i was looking into getting some rhea but i have a couple questions. How old do they have to be before they can go outside? It averages about 45-50 right now in wisconsin and there will be snow pretty soon. Do they have to stay in a heated barn over winter? Would they be alright if I just had like a little shed which would give them shelter? Thanks!
     
  2. greg standley

    greg standley New Egg

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    they will do fine in a shead with a heat lamp till they are 3 months old. and a shead with no heat after 3 months with 4' fence. they will do just fine they are hardy after the first 3 months just keep your water heated.
     
  3. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    Be advised Rheas can be dangerous, they have a raptors claw that can rip a person open. Emu from my understanding are much more safe around people.
     
  4. greg standley

    greg standley New Egg

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    not my rheas. even the male will fluff his fethers and walk up to you. in a big display but you stick your arms out and he will walk away.
     
  5. casuarius

    casuarius Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rheas never kick, just bite
     

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