wounded emu need advice

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by swannemu, Nov 9, 2016.

  1. swannemu

    swannemu New Egg

    Nov 9, 2016
    Hi! I hope this group can help me. My resources are limited. We bought into the emu business in 1993. Needless to say, we are no longer in the business. We are down to 5 birds at this time. Sadly our dogs got into the pen about a year ago and killed several of our birds. We had 4 left, 2 females, 1 male, and a yearling we did know the sex of. We were ecstatic when he turned out to be a male. Last year our two pairs layed and the males sat on the eggs. In March we had a torrential rain. One of the birds wisely had his nest up in the highest corner of the pen. The other chose a lower spot. I was crushed when his nest was found deserted, with 3 dead emu chicks and 3 unhatched eggs. I don't think we have ever had a bird hatch 3 chicks. He is the "yearling" male that was hatched in that same pen. I wonder if that is part of the reason for his success. The other male hatched one chick. It is 8 months old now, and doing well. They are in a fenced area - over an acre, with a large pond. They have started their breeding/laying season. This time can be brutal, with fighting. Our oldest male was wounded, we believe by the younger male. He has a large abrasion on one side, that looks to be healing well. He has another wound that doesn't look too good. It is in his tail area. We cannot see it well because it is covered by his feathers. It looks pretty nasty though and there are flies all over it. He is up and moving around the pen with no problem. I am worried though, that he might get infected and it could kill him. We don't have a vet in our area that is familiar with emus. And to have one make a "house call" would be expensive. They are not pets, but we try to do the best for them that we can. In the large pen they are in, it is impossible to catch them without being injured ourselves. I'm afraid if he does get an infection and goes down, which would make it possible for us to get close enough to "doctor" him, it will be too late. I was hoping there is an antibiotic that we could put in the birds' feed that would help, and at least give him a chance. If he goes down, we could do injections, if it isn't too late. Any suggestions or ideas are welcome.
  2. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2016
    Surrounded by the Amish
    First off I think it's awesome you have Emus, second if there is anyway you can catch him at all with out getting yourselves injured then I'd try to remove the feathers around the area that's infected and clean and disinfect it as best you can then put some bandages over it but you gotta make sure they stick if you can catch him. I've never had emus or had to deal with a problem like what you have before so I don't know of any kind of antibiotics that will help so I'm sorry for that. If you can catch him I think it'd be best to tie his legs together to prevent him from escaping and from getting any other injuries. I know it sounds rough to do that but I think it's the best, quickest, and easiest way to deal with it. I hope all goes well.
  3. briefvisit

    briefvisit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2013
    Western Australia here. You need advice from those with captive birds. But any response is, I know, reassuring.

    Can you fill an atomizer with a disinfectant solution? And spray wildly at the injury while the bird gobbles treats from your hand? The birds I interact with are tame-wild, so your plight is familiar to me.

    Flock Master’s advice is good.

    Finally, don’t forget the psychological perspective: on the one hand, you feel alone and helpless and evil-because-you-can’t-effectively-help. On the other hand, patience is the ticket: feed the bird well; give it a comfy environment; wait for an outcome.


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