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Show me your emu pens!

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by haleyh-LHP, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. haleyh-LHP

    haleyh-LHP Out Of The Brooder

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    I'd like to get some ideas on what I'm going to build for my emus.
    Here's what I'm thinking, I'm going to use one of my horse stalls for their shelter, and I'm going to take the old section of horse pasture outside of the stall as their run. All I'd have to do is get different fence to wrap around it so they can't get out.
    The pasture I'm going to use gets muddy when it rains, so one of these days soon I'm going to clean it up and plant grass in it.
    Are there any plants I can plant in the pen, like a bush or tree for shade if they want to lay outside on a sunny day?

    What do your pens look like?

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  2. Supreme Emu

    Supreme Emu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I look forward to hearing, Hayleh, whether or not the emus simply ignore the lovely shelter you provide.

    Don't forget, when you plant grass in their pasture, that you'll need to plant runners, or actually sow the seed – if you broadcast it, they'll eat it.

    You could plant a couple of gum trees –wa ha ha

    (The first time you ever see them panting on hot days, don't panic. It's how they keep cool. The first time, though, you'll think they're sick.)

    Supreme Emu,

    Rocky Gully, Western Australia

    P.s.: I have an 'orphan' emu hanging around the house-clearing; and five wild chicks stood and watched me watching them from a distance of less then twenty yards.
     
  3. poultryfan73

    poultryfan73 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it will be hard to plant grass when all your other poultry are running around...they will surely eat the seed.
     
  4. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

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    I am anxiously awaiting replies as well. We have our in a temporary shanty.
     
  5. PrinceSandwich

    PrinceSandwich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will also be watching this thread [​IMG]
     
  6. haleyh-LHP

    haleyh-LHP Out Of The Brooder

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    No pictures? [​IMG]
     
  7. birdygirl123

    birdygirl123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. foulman007

    foulman007 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my current setup is :
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    large pasture pen containing approx. 1.5 acre fenced with 4 foot hurricane fence on 3 sides with a pond completing the boundry. it has a bit of a slope and is wooded with many bushes and trees . I have 5 goats and 2 alpacs in with them many chickens, ducks, and one goose free ranging. this is their non breeding season area.
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    I supply no overhead shelter for them they refuse to use one anyway.




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    A small area approx 70 feet by 35 feet has a 6 foot wood privacy fence along one edge tree lined 4 ft hurricane fence along another side a 4 ft decorative fence along a raised brick wall and a 3 foot along the feeding and "service area". I use this area to keep them durring breeding season.

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    and then sometimes I just let them have freerange of the whole properity
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    as long as they leave the shrubbery alone
     
  9. Supreme Emu

    Supreme Emu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, I understand that the natural range of emus includes areas in which it snows; but I have never seen a photo of an emu in the snow! I shall no more worry about my emus sitting out in the wet in Winter. (It's true that most Australians don't really quite understand Winter. It's a relative thing, for example, in a state in which the temperature hits 130 degrees.)


    That emu, Foulman -- the one standing in front of the tree in front of the water -- you might . . . ahh . . . want to have it checked out!

    Supreme Emu
     
  10. foulman007

    foulman007 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:thats what happens when you try and hatch a double-yolker
     

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