Will my emus lay Eggs?

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by TheEmuWhisperer, Jan 10, 2016.

  1. TheEmuWhisperer

    TheEmuWhisperer Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two emus I've had them for a while recently a horse scared them or something and they where running with each other for a while, shortly after they mated but no eggs yet? It was a couple of weeks ago I am in California when do eggs usually come?
     
  2. Emu House

    Emu House Just Hatched

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    Apparently they lay from 2yrs of age onwards, if there is a male present. If she's of egg-laying age and she has mated, she will lay and hopefully the eggs will be fertile. Your question of how long after mating will the eggs be laid, is a good one and I'm not sure. I'll see if I can find out but there is an egg laying season during which eggs are laid quite often - according to other sources. So I don't think they lay all year 'round, just part of the year and that might depend on where (geographically) you are.
     
  3. briefvisit

    briefvisit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ' Your question of how long after mating will the eggs be laid, is a good one and I'm not sure'

    We understand for 10-12 days after the mating. (Isn't that amazing!) (How soon after the mating does the laying start? Not quite sure.)

    The male in the photo is 'Boy Emu.' I watched the upper half of the female in question laying (through binos from about fifty metres away).

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/641934/lightbox/post/9560900/id/5293478

    Here in Western Australia -- Planet Rothschidi -- the laying begins in early June. Here at my place -- we have three observations of this -- the breeding-pair commanding the house-clearing come together, morning and evening, to get their handful of wheat until, almost exactly mid-winter, only the female will turn up, which means they've been laying for days, but on that day the male has begun incubating.

    It happened this year with Eric and Mrs. Eric -- that is, I never saw where Eric was roosting; but I know he was because this pattern is a no-brainer: male stops coming one day about mid-winter. Female then hangs about for a while.

    Supreme Emu
     
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  4. Emu559

    Emu559 Out Of The Brooder

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    Curious to know if you ever got eggs? I'm in CA too, Madera County. Where about are you located?
     
  5. TheEmuWhisperer

    TheEmuWhisperer Out Of The Brooder

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    nope I never got eggs it's been about 3 years or more [​IMG][​IMG] I'm located in San joquine county we purchased some eggs to incubate but no success
     
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  6. Emu559

    Emu559 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 6 eggs in the incubator as we speak. Hatch should be around 3/17. My female stopped laying last week, but she's done this before and starting laying again. So i might have some fertile eggs available if you're interested.
     
  7. TheEmuWhisperer

    TheEmuWhisperer Out Of The Brooder

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    yeah I'm interested was kinda bummed when the two I had didn't hatch
     
  8. TheEmuWhisperer

    TheEmuWhisperer Out Of The Brooder

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    also if you sell chicks let me know would be better than eggs because I don't own an incubate I had someone doing it for me lol but yeah Google says your only about an hour 39 away or so so pick up for eggs is not a problem
     

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