How to Look After Emus
Emus are the second largest birds in the world (after ostriches.) They are native to Australia but can be found as birds for sale in the UK and many other countries these days. Between 4 and 5 feet tall, they are heavy and large birds that require lots and lots of space – if you don’t have a very large garden, don’t buy birds like the emu.
Although emus are flightless they can jump large heights so you will need a very tall fence around your enclosure. Allow for at least 1 acre of space for a single emu and double that for more birds. Emus can run up to 30 miles per hours and need room to run. Build the enclosure around a pond – either natural or mnmade – if possible. Emus like to swim.
Emus should ideally eat ratite – a mix of corn, soybeans and other vegetables – twice a day to keep their strength up, making sure they get the right nutrients. Emus eat fibre-rich foods such as lettuce, carrots, cabbage, berries and apples too. Fruits are nice treats to give them from time to time.
Emus are highly susceptible to parasites such as worms so make sure to de-worm them using an oral solution regularly. Obviously, make sure they get plenty of water.