About Emu's

Although the emu originates from Australia, it has become relatively common. There are large numbers of emu in the USA. The animal is bred for its oil, skin, meat and feathers.

 

The Aborigines of Australia have slaughtered emus- especially for the oil- for centuries.

 

The majority of South African emu breeders belong to the South African Emu Association which is established provincially and nationally. Emu farming can be combined with any other type of farming, with excellent results.

 

Eggs are incubated and hatched , but if they are not removed, the males will hatch them and raise the chicks themselves.

Emus of various ages are occasionally available to purchase

 

Emu Camps

Camp Sizes for different ages:

 

  • Up to 2 months for 20 birds a camp of 5 x 20 meters
  • 3 - 5 months old (20 birds) a camp of 10 x 50 meters
  • Young birds (20) a camp of 20 -30 x 50 – 70 meters
  • Breeding pare a camp of 10 x 20 meters

In the wild the emu male sits on these dark turquoise eggs for more or less 54 days and also take care of the young after they hatched. Most emu farmers use incubators to get more eggs from one breeding pare per season.