What is an Emu

What is an Emu

 

Emu DrawingEmu are members of the Ratite family of flightless birds, which have small or under-developed wings. Emu, the world’s second largest living bird, are native to Australia, where they are found in the deserts, forests and on the plains.

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 40 years.

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Why Raise Emu?

Why Raise Emu?

Dolly the EmuEmu are one of the newest livestock industries in North America. Raising Emu offers a Good rate of return on investment. They are very tough, hardy birds that adapt well to most climates and conditions.

Docile, curious and easily managed, Emu do not generally show any aggression to humans, even in the breeding season.

Emu do not require elaborate housing and do well in modified older farm buildings or shelters.

Emu do not require prime farm land to be raised. Marginal land not suited for crops can be utilized. Fifty to sixty birds per acre is acceptable. Emu ranching is an efficient, environmentally conscious way to raise livestock.

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