So what's it like raising emus?
We get this question a lot since it is unusual to raise exotic stock. For those of you who have not been out for a tour, and may not know, emus are very curious and shy. They are not aggressive, as I am told that their cousins the ostrich are. They are fairly hearty and not prone to injury or disease. While they can be susceptible to bird flu, we have not had any incidents of this, and I don't know of any at all in Washington State; we work hard to keep or flock (or mob as it is called) healthy and safe. Right now, we have eight breeding pairs. Each pair lives in an individual pen. They lay eggs from about December through May, usually one every three days or so. We collect the eggs and incubate them in batches throughout the Spring. It takes 52 days to incubate the eggs, all the time monitoring the temperature and humidity, so it is very nerve racking to watch and wait that long to see if the eggs hatch. We then raise the chicks to full grown at 18 months. The young emus are very playful and entertaining to watch. Raising emus, while not something I ever thought I would be doing, is a really fun and satisfying endeavor. If you are interested in learning more, please give Tony a call.