Rhea vs. Emu

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by animalzoo, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. animalzoo

    animalzoo New Egg

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    What are the pros and cons of rhea vs. emu? Also what are Rhea fencing requirements? I know emu need really high fencing but do rhea? THanks!
     
  2. Calla

    Calla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    NO......... Sheep netting 1 mt. high is quite adequate, as long as they are not chased or scared. But it must be tight or they can lean on it and tobble over to other side. To be on safe side one strand of wire 10" higher over top will be saver.

    I have now 6ft all round 2x2" weldmesh, mainly to stop my neighbour's horses ruin it again, also 2 legged Invaders lol ...and Foxes.


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  3. Tame Emu Guy

    Tame Emu Guy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Calla and Others,

    Rheas!! What fun!! More and regular photos, please.

    Supreme Emu
     
  4. ES Emus

    ES Emus Chillin' With My Peeps

    For what it's worth, according to Sybil's Den:

    "Baby Rheas under 3 months are very fragile birds and are hard to raise. Based on my experience with rheas, I DO NOT recommend them as pets. They are not very friendly. The male rheas are generally very aggressive and can (be) dangerous. If you are looking at a rhea for pet, don't expect it to be friendly. I highly recommend the emus over the rheas. The emus have much more personality than the rheas do."

    Read more at: http://sybilsden.com/emu/rhea1.htm
     
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  5. Tame Emu Guy

    Tame Emu Guy Chillin' With My Peeps

    E.S.,

    Tell us about some of your rescued emus!!

    S.E.
     
  6. ES Emus

    ES Emus Chillin' With My Peeps

    S.E.
    We only have one "rescued" emu currently. Her name is Buffy and she was destined to be the main course in a Thanksgiving Day feast until the owner was persuaded to let it go to a good home! So, we traveled a couple of hours and crossed the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay to pick it up and bring it back. For the most part, the term "rescued" can be synonymous with "rehomed" when it comes to our flock.
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  7. Tame Emu Guy

    Tame Emu Guy Chillin' With My Peeps

    E.S.,

    how do you generally transport birds? This intrigues me. I think of them bound hand and foot, with a sock on their head, being whizzed along highways to their new homes. I read of people utilising horse floats. For me, close contact with the birds -- apart from petting Greedy and Felicity as they feed -- is non-existent!

    Supreme Emu
     
  8. Calla

    Calla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whizzed along highways ......sock on head ....nice one S.E. would love to see this lol
    Young chicks, just go in a large carpeted or straw lined dog cage in back of car or small trailer. Once in, they love the ride and gaze out of window the whole journey.
    Never had Adult emu being transported. But several adult Rheas, 2 y.+ of age.


    From where they feed in house, made a small corridor, lead them to back door ( in my case ), get small trailer or van back up or side entrance to horse / sheep trailer , entice the Rheas with greens, let them follow me... then ...quick.....push them in ....done in seconds no stress, before they knew, they were eating greens in vehicle, and no broken legs.......and then had to put down.....or a hard kick to new owner lol. as some have experienced here in UK.
    They are quite nervous of strangers. My last 2 adults actually walked in on their own......going for green lol
    I guess Emu would be same way.

    Calla


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  9. ES Emus

    ES Emus Chillin' With My Peeps

     
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  10. Tame Emu Guy

    Tame Emu Guy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Calla and E.S.,

    sorry, some post definitely got lost there. I wrote enthusiastically about how you tranpsort birds -- and they like to look out the window? Amazing!!

    S.E.
     

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