EMU (pronounced ee-mews), native to Australia, are the world's second-largest living members of the
ratite (ra-tight) family of flightless birds. Others include the ostrich from Africa, rhea (ree-uh) from South America, cassowary (cas-o-werry) from Australia and New Guinea and kiwi (kee-wee),
from new Zealand.
EMU were originally imported to the United States from 1930 to 1950 as exotic zoo stock. In 1960, the EMU was designated Australia's national bird, and an Australian government ban on exporting the EMU has been in effect for over 30 years.
The expanding EMU inventory in the United States is domestically bred. As research and sharing of knowledge increase, the American EMU is emerging as the industry standard. The American breeder market is vigorous and can be made profitable for small and large participants.
EMU are curious and docile, They are about 10 inches tall at birth, with black and white stripes. As 3 month old chicks, they turn nearly solid black and change into a tan, brown and black mixture as adults, some having a bluish neck. The feathers are downy, with no stiff vein running through the center.
The mature EMU is 5 to 6 feet tall and normally weighs 90 to 140 pounds. Flightless, they are strong runners and reach ground speeds of up to 40 miles per hour in short bursts, covering about nine feet in stride.
EMU adapt well from temperature extremes in excess of 100 degrees to below zero. No diseases have yet been diagnosed as common to the species. They can exist on a simple diet and require a lot of water, drinking 2 to 4 gallons daily. They also will play in water or mud.
The EMU hen can be productive for 25 to 35 years or more and may lay 20 to 50 eggs in a season. A hen may lay as early as 18 months, but normally laying begins at 2 to 3 years old.
We are a top quality reputable farm in business for over 30 years. We have the finest emu bloodlines resulting in maximum egg production, large size and general superior emu breeder birds. Our emus are fed quality feed with protective facilities and live in a content environment. We have selected the favored genetics in offspring over many years to acquire the finest emu breeder birds available. We also select only the highest quality emu eggs to fill emu hatching egg orders. We pride ourselves in striving to have the best emu farm in the USA.
The emu hatching eggs are gathered daily, rinsed and sanitized and held at a cool temperature until shipping. We carefully pack and ship the emu hatching eggs Priority Mail and delivery is usually in 2 or 3 days to most areas in the USA. We always carefully select the best emu eggs for incubation and hatching. Our emus live in large group paddocks so the rate of fertility is very good in our emu hatching eggs.