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Female Emu Plucks Feathers

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Female Emu Plucks Feathers

Postby meehaha » Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:38 pm

I need help with my female Emu (leiha) she is about 10 years old. she had been plucking her feathers near egg laying time. Now either she is plucking them out or they are not growing back in. She seems ok runs around and eats normally. Having found anything on line about this problem.
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Re: Female Emu Plucks Feathers

Postby pat » Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:57 pm

I think that is normal. the emus I had were sometimes missing feathers.
sometimes, it takes a long time to grow back.

I can't remember when breeding/laying time is. but, maybe she is using them for a nest :shrug:
if that is the case, maybe you can put some straw out for her.

there are other emu owners here that might help further.

can you post a picture of her?
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Re: Female Emu Plucks Feathers

Postby Nicophorus » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:28 am

I would say its the female plucking feathers for a brooding patch, but then its the males that brood the eggs/young.

I would not worry unless its large swaths of featherless areas. Emu lose feathers where they rub against fences too.
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Re: Female Emu Plucks Feathers

Postby Cutitdead » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:48 pm

It is not unusual for them to pluck feathers during breeding season, and also during spring. Where is she plucking from her back? It takes them awhile to grow back in. How big is bald spot? If no bald spot and you just she her plucking, do not worry about it.

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