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EXTREMELY aggressive male Rhea. Help?

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Re: EXTREMELY aggressive male Rhea. Help?

Postby pat » Tue Aug 05, 2014 12:15 pm

thank you for sharing your experience with your animals.

I am surprised about your rheas though. they are usually aggressive toward humans.
maybe it makes a difference of 1 female and 1 male. :shrug:

the male rheas I had were with several females. when the male felt threatened, he would span out his wings to protect the females.. :shrug:

my males did'nt show aggression until they reached maturity or a little past that.

maybe the mixture of your animals help?
how old are your rheas?

would love to see pictures of them and of course the rest of crew...

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Re: EXTREMELY aggressive male Rhea. Help?

Postby Nicophorus » Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:57 pm

Since this was bumped..

I have Rheas now too. Not tame at all and keep their distance from me, but that's ok, better that than attacking and bothering me I say.
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Re: EXTREMELY aggressive male Rhea. Help?

Postby jodykman » Thu Aug 07, 2014 12:44 pm

OUR RHEAS ARE SWEET AS CAN BE: Here are some photos of our two white rheas...one female and one male. (I also have some video) They are very curious and like to follow us around and see what we are doing, just like our other animals. As we are working on the stables, coops ... not only are the sheep, ponies, alpacas and llamas sniffing around us curious at what we are doing and mouthing the tools and such, the Rheas are too, except the Rheas aren't mouthing the tools or running away with a hammer or screwdriver like the sheep or ponies are. The rheas wait their turn to be fed, which is last and they will eat out of your hand if you have some shiny rings on, which they will also try to peck at. They will lie down very close to us and take dust baths and sometimes get goofey and run around with their funny run and dance that looks like they are drunk. They go out to the pasture with the other animals and come back to the corral and stables for water, for cover and when they hear us coming for feeding. I think it's the other animals that keep the male rhea from being aggressive, since the other animals are dominant, he has to know his place and his manners so he doesn't get a chance to be mean. I can't picture Clyde (our male rhea, Bonnie is the female) being mean to anyone. If anything, he would run away. My son and other kids go in the corral with him and he get only so close...maybe a couple feet, to get feed thrown to him and that's about it. Except for size and a tad bit of color difference, you can't tell the difference between the male and the female as far as personality goes. Clyde is as friendly and nice as Bonnie.
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Re: EXTREMELY aggressive male Rhea. Help?

Postby pat » Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:16 pm

you sure have a quite a collection.. so darn adorable...
one big happy family.....

I would love to see the video.

must be your male rhea is not aggressive due to the other animals..
how old are your rheas?

thank for info and pictures, I totally enjoyed them. hope to see more...
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Re: EXTREMELY aggressive male Rhea. Help?

Postby jodykman » Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:11 pm

Bonnie and Clyde are 3 yrs. Here is a video of them....the sheep aren't in it, they already took off to the pasture. http://youtu.be/wnkjcqz2sMY

I also saw this video on a nice male rhea sitting on some eggs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usKzEYa ... 57C2051C1A

Maybe for an aggressive rhea, you could bring a large dog with you into the pen. My husband grew up on a farm and he said once in a while they would have a mean bull in the field and their trained farm dogs would keep and bulls at bay. The dog wouldn't hurt the rhea, just bark and growl at him so the rhea wouldn't attack and to start teaching the rhea that he isn't the boss.....it might be worth a try. I know all our herd animals are pretty much afraid of our 110lb plus German Shepherd and I couldn't picture any of them trying to take him on, even the male rhea.
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Re: EXTREMELY aggressive male Rhea. Help?

Postby Trefoil » Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:21 pm

Having sufficient room probably helps as well, less chance of them feeling cornered. What strikes me as odd about the whole thread is that Rheas are pretty well known to be aggressive and not a good choice as a "pet", why would anyone be surprised when they live up to their reputation? IMO they are not a good candidate for a petting zoo.
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Re: EXTREMELY aggressive male Rhea. Help?

Postby pat » Sat Aug 09, 2014 6:52 am

jodykman wrote:Bonnie and Clyde are 3 yrs. Here is a video of them....the sheep aren't in it, they already took off to the pasture. http://youtu.be/wnkjcqz2sMY

I also saw this video on a nice male rhea sitting on some eggs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usKzEYa ... 57C2051C1A

Maybe for an aggressive rhea, you could bring a large dog with you into the pen. My husband grew up on a farm and he said once in a while they would have a mean bull in the field and their trained farm dogs would keep and bulls at bay. The dog wouldn't hurt the rhea, just bark and growl at him so the rhea wouldn't attack and to start teaching the rhea that he isn't the boss.....it might be worth a try. I know all our herd animals are pretty much afraid of our 110lb plus German Shepherd and I couldn't picture any of them trying to take him on, even the male rhea.


the video was absolutely adorable. I am sure it is not easy to care for so many animals. but, when you have more help, that helps......

are you sure the male is not a female? looking at the video, he looked smaller than my male did.
but, bigger than your female. some females (If I can remember) may of been a little bigger than the others.
but, on another note, I think the male and female make different noises. can't remember, was quite awhile ago I had them.............. did you ever get any eggs?

I hope your male stays friendly. being surrounded with so many other animals may keep him in line.




I don't have rheas anymore. so I don't have to worry anymore.. in fact, I did use to bring my dog in, he was a large coonhound. the male rhea actually knocked him down... wow, was he insulted. he wanted out the pen as fast I did :lol:
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Re: EXTREMELY aggressive male Rhea. Help?

Postby pat » Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:06 am

Trefoil wrote:Having sufficient room probably helps as well, less chance of them feeling cornered. What strikes me as odd about the whole thread is that Rheas are pretty well known to be aggressive and not a good choice as a "pet", why would anyone be surprised when they live up to their reputation? IMO they are not a good candidate for a petting zoo.


I had my rheas and emus in a very large pen. even had a creek running through it. my pen was definitely not over crowded.

long time ago, a friend of mine had rheas and emus in the same pen. the pen was pretty small, too small.
I told him I thought it was too small for them. I think he had 4 of each. not sure how long after,
the male rheas killed one of the emus, and badly injured the second one icon-sad

the male rhea I had seemed like he tried to protect all the emus and rheas :roll:
when I would go near the pen, the male would fluff out is feather/wings to protect them.
also he would charge at me. I would not go in there anymore. the only way he was fed, is when hubby would run in and throw a feed sack over his head and hurry up to feed the others.

I really hope jodykman's male remains this calm. with all the other animals to keep him in line, would help.

can't remember the age my males turned aggressive.
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