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Baby Emus

Postby carondesign » Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:00 pm

I purchased 4 emus, 2 males (3 weeks old) and 2 females (6 weeks old) 2 days ago and Im kinda worried because the smallest male is acting kinda sluggish. They are in my house. They have a heat and food.
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Re: Baby Emus

Postby pat » Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:34 pm

wow, that is pretty young and are very fragile at that age.

what are you feeding them?
do you have the heat lamp set up, where if they got too hot, they can move away from it?

how do you know which is female and male?

it is difficult to say why the smallest is sluggish.
we would need a little more details.
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Re: Baby Emus

Postby carondesign » Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:50 pm

they have been vent sexed. I noticed if I coax him he eats a little. Yes they can get out of the heat.
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Re: Baby Emus

Postby pat » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:35 pm

carondesign wrote:they have been vent sexed. I noticed if I coax him he eats a little. Yes they can get out of the heat.


what are you feeding them?
I assume the others are OK?
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Re: Baby Emus

Postby carondesign » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:55 pm

I am feeding them 20 percent chicken pellets, the person I got them from said it was fine. The others are eating it just fine. Plus they are getting shredded carrots. :stars:
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Re: Baby Emus

Postby pat » Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:48 am

I am not sure of the feed you are feeding them, but, if that is what the breeder fed their young ones, I guess it is OK.
I use feed mine turkey grower when young.

sorry, I don't know what to suggest that would help.
if the others are fine, then I would think the feed is not the issue.

with hope, the sick one will improve.

there are a couple members here that could offer ideas.
hopefully, they will chime in.

it is been awhile since I had emus. (I sure miss having them)

if I can think of any ideas in the meantime, I will let you know.
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Re: Baby Emus

Postby Cutitdead » Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:26 pm

What is the heat under the light, and what is temp in cooler spot (so they can get away from heat)

What do you have on the floor of the brooder area they are in?

20% pellets or 20% chick start crumbles? Pellets may be too big for a chick, I always us crumbles until they are about 3 months old and then start mixing it.

Are you adding any electrolytes to their water (can be bought at farm supply store). Are you adding any water soluble vitamin B to their water (can be bought at Wal-Mart for humans).

Is this chick going to the bathroom ok?

Is it drinking plenty of water?

Does it look like rest of them? Any lumps or odd shaped head, neck, or stomach?

They will sleep a lot, but when rest are up running around he should be too.
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Re: Baby Emus

Postby Cutitdead » Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:27 pm

The PDF I attached is one I cam up with that I give to people I sell chicks too.
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Re: Baby Emus

Postby pat » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:22 pm

Cutitdead

so glad you chimed in. I forgot about the electrolytes.
great info you provided.

thank you for providing the info.

hopefully, this will help carondesign.
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Re: Baby Emus

Postby carondesign » Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:50 pm

The baby is doing fine now. He was probably just a little new to my place and was adjusting. They are eating good and going outside during the day. I bring them in at night http://www.flickr.com/photos/carondesign/
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Re: Baby Emus

Postby pat » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:21 pm

So glad to hear your emu is OK. :bear:
I looked at your pictures. the baby emus are so cute when they are young.

wow, your chickens and turkeys are beautiful.
I love the colors of some of your roosters.

how in the heck do you keep them so clean.
they all look like they are in absolute excellent health.

I had a spanish turkey that died a few weeks prior to thanksgiving (no, I didn't kill him for dinner :lol: )
he was about 8 years old. not sure what a turkeys life span is.
I had a bronze turkey, he only lived for a couple years. but, I think he might of been too heavy.

thanks for the pictures, very enjoyable and really glad your baby emu is doing good.
please keep us updated on them.
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Re: Baby Emus

Postby carondesign » Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:14 pm

Thanks I show my chickens so I have to take really good care of them. I always feed them the best too. Emus are very nice they are sleeping in my room in a kennel. Its still very cold at night for them so I bring them in. I will keep you updated. Heres a link to my website, http://www.farmerinthemartindale.com
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Re: Baby Emus

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:19 pm

The bronze turkeys tend toward heart issues because they were bred to get so huge for meat so quick that their hearts can't take it when not killed for food young. So around 2 is kind if normal.

Getting other smaller heritage breeds would make for longer lived pets.
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Re: Baby Emus

Postby Cutitdead » Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:36 pm

Yes let those emu chick out in the sunshine as much as you can.

Lots of water, food, and sunshine are the basics that a emu chick need!

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