Australian Emu Chicks hatch in my incubator after 51 days of incubation.
Watch other videos on this page to see their growth and development.
At two days of age, the Emu chicks are allowed outside to roam inside a protected run.
They immediately went exploring and tried to run... frequently falling over the smallest irregularity in the turf.
They were not interested in food nor drink. It's important that they drink prior to being offered food.
Chickens, Ducks and Guineas all strolled by the fence, taking a look at the new arrivals. The Emu barely took notice, even when the Guineas sounded their chiii-chii-chiiiiiii alarm.
Outside temperatures were in the 70's and the Emu chicks were returned to the indoor brooder at night.
This pair of week old Rouen ducklings were placed in the run with the Emu chicks.
As ducklings frequently splash and play with water, it accelerated the Emu chicks drinking behavior. The ducklings serve as educators, showing the Emu what to do.
The precocious ducklings were not the least bit bothered by the much larger Emu chicks. The Emu chicks followed the fast running Rouens with intense curiosity.
The Emu chick pictured on the left, still has it's tiny egg-tooth at the end of it's upper beak. This will be shed within several days after hatch.
Also notice the reptile-like three toed feet, in brilliant slate blue.
Here are the Emu chicks at 3 weeks of age!
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This video also includes a short overview of my property here at Fred's Fine Fowl, chickens, ducks and guineas included... of course
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Four weeks old!
Shown here at 5 weeks of age
Here they are... at 9 weeks and five days of age!
Click the video at the left to see them enjoy water from the hose, eating dandelions and acting up when they see my boxer come to their fence!
Below are a few photos of my nephew Cole as he helps feed the Emu
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