The Emu's dynamic mating structure. Well at least the way mine are.

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by foulman007, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. foulman007

    foulman007 Songster

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    As you all know I haven't gotten any eggs yet this year. I have a pair of males and one female . Last season we laid around 35 eggs from January 1st till mid May. I kept 4 in the flock . Neptune ,my male, has been very protective of them . If I approach him he gives me the I love you dance. When I get near his brood it aint love anymore! His interest in Saturn my female has been very little.
    Today Jupiter my younger male was courting Saturn , which lead to a mating. Just wondering if anyone has noticed any sort of interaction like this? Does anyone keep babies and "teens" with their flock? For "stupid birds" it seems to be a more advanced mating structure than I have noted with any of my other birds. I wouldnt expect the dominate male to abandon his position in the flock to raise his babies. Might be more to them than I have had thought.
     

  2. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I wish I had input..... But with all my animals I don't trust the babies not to get stepped on.... So I keep them until they are a few months old.
     
  3. foulman007

    foulman007 Songster

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    nno not baby emus these are all from last years hatch. they seem to have a strong bond with their father emu.
     
  4. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Sorry.....I was talking about last years, I didn't let them hatch any, I put them in the bator so they didn't know Pumba is theirs. I didn't let them keep the chicks this year either.... So I don't know how they would act with their babies......... Perhaps next year I can let them keep th
     
  5. foulman007

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    I hatched them all out also and didnt introduce them innto the flock untill they were about 4 months old.
    oh and still no eggs ????
     
  6. dnkfarm

    dnkfarm In the Brooder

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    Still no eggs here either[​IMG] upstate SC
     
  7. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Mine act like they don't know each other. Maybe this years hatch he may have more attachment too since he sat them ?
     

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