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How do emus like the winter?
They are hardy animals and do very well. For winter time, they use a shelter that has alot of straw in it. It is not heated. And they go outside often to play in the snow. When it does get very cold and stormy, I'll close them up in the shelters to stay warm.
What do emus eat?
I feed them a custom grain mixture from my local grain elevator. Some of the grains are corn, soybean meal, alfalfa meal, and wheat mids. In the wild, the emus will eat grasses, seeds, and small animals.
Emu Egg Laying and Incubation Info
Female emus lay their eggs during late fall, winter, and early spring. They lay one egg every three days. So some females will lay 20 - 50 eggs per year as long as i pick them up for incubation. Their eggs are about 5" long, dark green, and look like a small nerf football.
Batch Hatching - to help with farm labor management, emu growers often batch hatch their emu eggs. The emu eggs are stored in a cool area (about 55 degrees) up to 4-5 weeks. Then, they are moved to warm up to room temperature before going into the incubator.
The incubation is about 52 days at 97 degrees and 25% humidity. These are average numbers. We weigh the eggs every week to determine how much weight they are loosing. The objective is for the egg to lose 15% of it's weight by the time it will hatch. So, the humidity is raised or lowered in the incubator for change the weight lose for the egg. (it's a mathimatical formula)
Emu Incubating and Hatching
The MALE Emu incubates and hatches the chicks! The Female Emu lays one egg every three days starting in the late fall or winter. She will continue to lay eggs until about May. This is in the United States. In Austrailia, the birds lay the same time frame, but the weather is opposite.
In Farm Management, I collect the eggs and keep them in cold storage at about 55 degrees. When i'm ready, I'll batch hatch the eggs. The advantage of doing this is so the chicks grow up together and help teach each other how to eat and drink. Also, it helps alot with time and labor on the farm.
Emu Oil Offers Hope to Burn Victims
Some Physicians Using Emu Oil To Assist In Burn Treatment
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Dallas, Texas- Burn victims, unlike many other accident victims, are faced with a multitude of roadblocks on the road to recovery. Beyond the shock and trauma of the initial incident, they must endure agonizing pain, the ever-present risk of infections and the actual treatment of their wounds as well, which often entails scraping the burn site to promote new skin growth. The likelihood of extensive scarring without and sometimes even with numerous plastic surgical procedures is an ever-present anxiety as well. However, some physicians are finding that the addition of Emu oil to the treatment regime for burn victims is affording a ray of hope to the future recovery of some burn victims.
Emu oil, in many circles, is known for its support of the healing process where tissue is involved. Dr. Dan Dean, a Mount Pleasant, MI physician, states that his use of emu oil has shown promise. "I have used emu oil extensively in the treatment of first, second and third degree burns,? the doctor said. "In my opinion, emu oil greatly contributes to skin health, providing major benefits to the patient. The complex properties and makeup of emu oil are exceptional for overall assistance to burn victims. I repeatedly see positive results even in those with third degree burns," Dean states.
Emu oil, with its totally natural properties, may offer burn victims and attending physicians some hope in the battle to promote new skin growth and find ways to lessen the extent of the prolonged and painful traditional treatments of skin scraping and numerous skin grafting in burn cases.
For additional information on the use of emu oil in this and other medical situations, as well as the overall benefits derived from emu oil and meat products, visit the industry''s web site at www.aea-emu.org today or call 541-332-0675 .