EMU FACTS - World’s 2nd largest living bird from Australia with three toes and can run about 35 mph. - Life expectancy is 25-30 years old. - Average size of an adult emu is 5 - 6 feet tall & weighing about 125 lb. - Adults eat 1 1/2 - 2 pounds of formulated feed per day per bird. - Emu are highly adaptable & are being raised in most every state in the United States. - In colder climates, adequate shelter is necessary for all ages.Shelter is important for emu chicks. - Emu are usually paired, 1 male to 1 female.Trios & colony breeding show successful results. - Breeding begins at about 2 yrs of age & can produce for over 25 yrs. - The laying season varies - usually takes place from Nov - May. - Females average. 20- 40+ eggs per laying season. - Fertility rates average 85% - 100%. - Eggs weigh approx. 500 - 700 grams each. - Incubation period foran emu eggis 48 - 52 days. - Emu eggs are dark opaque green & are about 5” long. - Commodities from the emu are: meat, oil, leather, eggshells, and feathers - The emu industry has changed from the breeding market to the commercial market. - Yearling emu are processed between 12 - 15 months of age. - The yield of an emu is approx. 25 - 35 lb. of meat, 5 - 8 sq. ft. of hide, 1-2 gallons of oil, & 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 lb. of feathers. - Emu meat is a heart-healthy red meat - high in protein & iron,& low in fat & cholesterol. - Emu oil is long known for its anti-inflammatory, healing, and skin penetrating properties.