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which is better?

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which is better?

Postby dinnka » Wed Mar 03, 2010 4:52 pm

for those of you with emus and rheas.. which is better? which is more docile? thinking about getting a couple but dont want my kid stomped to death..lol
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Postby BB » Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:56 pm

I've never had rheas, but I think Pat mentioned once she couldn't get near her male rhea and recommended emus.......
(Please correct me if I'm wrong, Pat)
I doubt emus stomp on the kid, but they'll peck at it for certain (or more likely at the colourful things it's wearing)

How much more work do you want to make for yourself....??? :lol:
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Postby dinnka » Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:45 pm

THE PECKING WOULD BE FUNNY...LOL.. KID TORTURE..just kidding guys...more work??? what ever do you mean??? Im not over loaded or anything....or maybe Im just crazy..lol
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Postby BB » Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:56 am

yep, we can settle on that! :mrgreen:
(and as you probably know by now, you can talk to me about kid's torture anytime...... :mrgreen: :mrgreen: -what about some male rheas?)
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Postby pat » Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:56 pm

mandy,

definately, the emus.
I don't recommend rheas at all.

when the male rhea matures, they are down right nasty.
I couldn't go in the pen with with the male. hubby use to have to throw a bag over his head, so he can feed the rest of the rheas and emus.

also, the rheas seem to peck harder, even the females.
they are not shy about pinching..

I don't have any emus, but, I want some, where are you getting yours at?
I would prefer very young ones. but, will take what I can get.
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Re: which is better?

Postby Botat » Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:51 pm

Would raising a male Rhea from a chick with interaction make it more docile?
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Re: which is better?

Postby pat » Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:24 am

Botat wrote:Would raising a male Rhea from a chick with interaction make it more docile?


I doubt it icon-sad they are fine until they reach maturity.
my male rheas were mixed with emus and other female rheas.
he seemed to have wanted to protect everyone :roll:
mine were raised from chicks. icon_confused.gif

a friend of mine had just one male, raised from a chick.
he was fine, until he reached maturity. thats the only rhea she had.

I can't say it is impossible. but, the ones I had and other people has
had, did'nt have anything good to say about them.
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Re: which is better?

Postby Lasergrl » Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:16 pm

Botat wrote:Would raising a male Rhea from a chick with interaction make it more docile?



Raising an aggressive type of male animal on bottle or by hand actually makes them worse. This is because they see humans as peers, as other animals to challange the pecking order. Its a matter of time before they mature and want to climb the social ladder. This usually involves attacking the human.
Best to allow mom/dad to raise them and handle them just enough to keep them workable, or hands off aproach to hand rearing.

http://www.usask.ca/wcvm/herdmed/applie ... gerous.pdf
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Re: which is better?

Postby Botat » Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:29 pm

Thanks! That would have been a bad mistake, I got the idea from a Canadian farmer on YouTube. The video is called " it's the male rhea that sits on the nest" it's amazing how tame he is.
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Re: which is better?

Postby Lasergrl » Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:41 pm

well i havent seen the video so not sure what the bird is doing, but if he is sitting on the nest they are in a somewhat trance so you can pretty much do anything to them that you couldnt do normally.
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Re: which is better?

Postby Cutitdead » Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:18 pm

Emus raised from chicks would do well. The more time you spend the better. If you really want it to be friendly, only have one. I have seen 1 emu chick really bond well with humans. We raised just one by itself one year, and it though it was a dog. When my kids, then 7 & 9 were around him, he would sit down because he wanted to be petted :)
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Re: which is better?

Postby pat » Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:36 am

Botat,

my male rhea was calm when he sat on a nest. that was the only time he behaved.



Cutitdead,
I think adult emus can be OK too. depends on their background.
some of my emus I had were all pretty good. but, the one I had "rocky" was
a real gem. he was very friendly. but, they came from a zoo.

but, your right, it would be better to get them when they are young.
however, I heard, they do better with a second emu.

guess, it depends on how much time is spent with them.
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Re: which is better?

Postby Splashstorm » Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:09 pm

How are ostriches as pets temperament wise? And I heard someone say rheas were bigger than emus. Is that true?
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Re: which is better?

Postby pat » Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:09 am

ostriches don't make good pets.
due to their size, if one gets mad, they could kill a person.


And I heard someone say rheas were bigger than emus. Is that true?

no, rheas are not bigger than emus. however, they are not good pets either.

emus are the best for pets in the ratite family.
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Re: which is better?

Postby veralidaine » Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:59 am

Lasergrl, that was a very informative article but it doesn't seem to include birds. From what others have said here, it seems that maybe bottle-raised male rheas are aggressive upon reaching sexual maturity but bottle-raised male emus aren't? Are you familiar with these species?

Also, I guess what I got from that article was; if you have no way of avoiding bottle-feeding the animal yourself, always neuter before sexual maturity.

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