What size enclosure?

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by arherp, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. arherp

    arherp Chillin' With My Peeps

    795
    7
    131
    Sep 29, 2009
    Kentucky
    What by what is appropriate for one pair of Emus? I need actual feet measures, not estimates or relative statements.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Supreme Emu

    Supreme Emu Chillin' With My Peeps

    155
    0
    99
    Jun 8, 2010
    Hi, Arherp. Well, no one else has anted up, so I'll put my head on the block.

    Ut's a rool hard question! Make a nice cup of tea, and spend an hour cruising the older threads here at BYC. You'll find numerous posts concerning the size of pens, and you'll notice that, indeed, just about the only time that acrimony ever visits us in in respect of this issue.

    Now, I know that others are quietly watching me here, so:

    There is probably a LEGAL minimum size for your district – ask your local council.

    There is a size that a professional breeder sees as sufficient – she's profit-oriented, and is concerned with the general health of her flock, not with any need that an emu might have to feel the wind in its hair (feathers).

    There's a size that an amateur breeder, a bird LOVER, might feel gives the birds an environment that replicates to some degree a natural environment, in which emus will diddley bop mile upon mile.

    There's me (whom I suspect some readers haven't quite worked out: I am a hard-core political animal, retired in ill health, with a broad knowledge of revolutionist politics, including even those of the capital-P-people-of-whom-we-speak-not, whom I personally suspect are all wearing underpants a couple of sizes too small), who could take snide shots at all and sundry by pointing out that MY emus have an entire CONTINENT to run around on -- though they'd best not be caught in the canola crop of the guy next door, lest they have a run in with a high velocity reprimand.

    Cup of tea. Read the older posts.

    Supreme Emu
    Rocky Gully, Western Australia
     
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2010
  3. arherp

    arherp Chillin' With My Peeps

    795
    7
    131
    Sep 29, 2009
    Kentucky
    Thanks, I appreciate the response! I have read through older posts quite a bit, but I can't find a single size reference. If you had two of your emus in one pen, what would you estimate them to be comfy in?
     
  4. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Like Supreme Emu said, it is different from person to person and how one views how an animals feels happy. If you were an emu, how much space would you want? The bigger the better. Mine are on an acre in the back pasture. Do I wish I had more to give them, yes I do. Are they happy here, I think so. Would they be happier with more, I think so, so would my horses, LOL. I hope to move to a bigger place soon, but for now we all seem content. What space do you have to give them,.......... perhaps we can help give you advice if we know what you have....
     
  5. arherp

    arherp Chillin' With My Peeps

    795
    7
    131
    Sep 29, 2009
    Kentucky
    Sorry, I never noticed this post..

    I have a 70X70 enclosure that an emu would never be able to escape from, but I also have 20 loosely fenced acres.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by