Emus are native to Australia and are put to a variety of uses, including pets and food. Hatching emu eggs is a rewarding process that requires time and care. Once hatched, emus do not require a lot of space --- unlike many other livestock --- and they are easy to raise. Emu eggs are green in colour and are thick and tough. You can order them through one of many hatcheries in the world that offer shipping.
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Things you need
Pick or purchase emu eggs that are fertilised and in good condition. Make sure there are no cracks in the eggs.
Set the eggs in an incubator that has a dry bulb reading temperature of 35.8 to 36.3C and a wet bulb reading of 25.5 to 29.4 degrees C, keeping the humidity of your incubator around 40 per cent to 45 per cent. (See the Resource section for information on how to take dry bulb and wet bulb readings.)
Turn the eggs once or twice daily, keeping them under the temperatures listed in Step 2. Incubation of eggs lasts up to three months.
Wait for the eggs to hatch then put the chicks in a safe, warm place until they are grown enough to go outside. Feed them with a 20 per cent protein chick starter feed several times a day to help them grow to potential until they are about eight weeks old.
Tips and warnings
- Keep the incubator's temperature constant. If the power goes out, you can temporarily cover the eggs with blankets.
- You cannot candle emu eggs due to their thickness and colour.
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