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    Emu Guide

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Emus are interesting birds as there is so much to find out about them. This guide will tell you a little bit about the emu. 

    %%AFC-ADVERT%% Emus are the second largest birds in the world and have strong beaks, little ears and small wings. Emu birds are flightless and only use their wings to stabilise themselves while they run. Emus have three toes on each foot, one of which sports a sharp talon used in battle. 

    Emu Breeding

    Emus decide to breed in the cooler months of the year, the female will develop blue skin on her neck and the feathers will turn a darker shade of brown. As part of the mating ritual the female will strut about making special mating calls to tell the male emu she is ready to mate. 

    The male will then build a nest out of bark, grass and other things around him in the ground. The female will then lay a large, thick shelled dark green egg, after about the 7th egg she has laid the male will begin to get broody. The male emu will then sit on the eggs to incubate them and the female emu will lay more eggs. An emu nest will normally have a clutch of 8 to 10 eggs; sometimes there can be double this number. 

    The male will incubate the eggs for 8 weeks and will not leave the spot to eat. He will survive simply on stored body fat and any fluids he can reach. The male emu will turn the eggs about 10 times a day. 

    Emu chicks

    Emu chicks can leave the nest within a few days of hatching and they have fluffy brown and cream striped feathers. As the emu chicks get to about three months old these feathers will become dark brown. Emu chicks stand a good chance of survival with 4 out of 5 surviving to adulthood. The emu chicks will put on 2 pounds a week in weight and are fully grown in 14 months. 

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