Rhea's

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by raph, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. raph

    raph Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are rheas like as pet's, how much space do they need? And how much do they cost in feed, per week?
     
  2. chickenfreak101

    chickenfreak101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Never had em, but I understand they are more flighty than emus and ostriches. I don't think they are "good pets" They require a good owner that can support their needs.(Probably not me.) [​IMG]
     
  3. casuarius

    casuarius Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They arent great "pet" pets, they dont like to be touched even after being hand raised. The males get very aggressive during breeding season and can lay a nasty bite someone. The tamer the males are, the worse they are because they have no fear. If you have a large grassed pasture, then they are very cheap to feed because they graze and eat alot of vegetation. They are probably the cheapest to care for of the Ratites.
     
  4. moonjelly

    moonjelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess it depends on your definition of good pets. I have several animals that I can't handle that I still consider good pets. But that's definitely not for everyone.
     
  5. nelmsy

    nelmsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am getting some and wondered what I need to get before they arrive
     
  6. nelmsy

    nelmsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi I was wondering if you could help me
    I am planning on getting rheas but I wanted to know what I need to get before they arrive
    What food do they need ?
    What shelter ?
    Man I safe to go near them ?
    How do I move them ?
     
  7. fusilierphil

    fusilierphil New Egg

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    My advice would to be get them young about 5/6 weeks old no more than 3 but no less than that keep them in a small shed under a heat lamp feeding them on chick crumb and finely chopped greens letting them out in an enclosed penn for a few hours a day
     
  8. maranfarmer563

    maranfarmer563 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you get rheas? How are they?
     
  9. sd-eddie

    sd-eddie Out Of The Brooder

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    I need rheas kinda want the lesser or Darwin ( the smaller type) , I'm in San diego any one got some hatched or if I can be next in line?
    Or if there are dawrf emus or ostrich .
    I would want two females and one male..

    I have a few long 60-150' runs, would these large birds do good with a pig or do they like being alone?
    And what breeds do not jump 7' fences?
     

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