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Rheas Temperament and other helpful info

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by dixiebackyard, Jun 1, 2017.

  1. dixiebackyard

    dixiebackyard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We were introduced, by a fellow poultry enthusiast, to a bird called Rheas. After much research we see that some lay white eggs and others are green. What exactly do we need to know about caring for rheas. Enclosures? Medications? Vaccines? Hardiness? How long until they lay the first eggs? Do they Brood their own eggs? Simple stuff anyone might need to know prior to getting into these birds.
     
  2. Finnie

    Finnie Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. briefvisit

    briefvisit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, Dixie! Even years ago, when this site was at its best, there weren't a lot of rhea folks. So the good news is you get to be The Noo Rhea Expert! Please do post anything and everything. I've long wished I had the energy to do a serious study of all five of the family members (and there are extinct members also). I don't think you can own pet kiwis, so that leaves just the four ratites that owners can post about here. Somewhere 'out there' is Casuarius, who is nothing less than a world expert on breeding cassowaries. (I recall photos of chicks!) We've had discussions about ostriches; but it seems that not so many folks just wanna flat out own them as pets.

    Here's a photo taken today. It's most unusual: the adult bird is not the chicks' Dad. It's a female. The chicks are tame-wild orphans, and observing them since we lost their Dad, we've learned that chicks pretty much 'lock onto' any adult emu in their vicinity. They went from Dad to (female) Number One, who then went bush. Then they teamed up with Felicity, even though she pecked them on the head for a week. Then finally the two still here settled down with their big sister 'Uno Chick,' the adult bird visible here. It's hard to photograph them while sitting.
    They are sitting literally at the end of my carport, and the 'Lily Pilly' tree behind them is a native much favoured by emus. Wild emus will sneak right up to the house -- as well as battling the home team -- to get to the purple berries. These emus are rothschildis:

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  4. dixiebackyard

    dixiebackyard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks you guys for your help.... :)
     

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