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    1999-12-14

The emu is the largest bird in Australia, and the second largest  flightless  bird in the world. It belong to Ratite family. Emus are very mobile quick runners (up to 50 Kph) running with a bouncy, swaying motion. Emus are generally nomadic, with some emus roaming over hundreds of Kilometers. Emus are also very good swimmers
They are covered with long thick drooping feathers that are dark brown to grey brown which appears shaggy. Their heads though have shorter downy feathers, pointy beak, large bright looking eyes and often a blue throat. Emu have long legs with 3 toed feet. It weigh up to 45 Kg.to 50kg. Emu Hatchlings are covered with striped (brown to black) down, with spotted heads
They eat grasses, fruits,  flowers, seeds and insect like caterpillars. spring and summer their Diet consist mainly of flowers and seeds. In autumn as those foods become scarce they graze on young grass which sprouts after summer rains. In winter herbs from the emus main food. Emus require 6-10 litters’ of water daily. Emus require 3 times food per day.
Emus pair up for breeding once they are about 2 years old. Female Emu begins laying eggs, male Emu are attending incubation. The emu eggs differ in size and color. It is usually dark green;(Emerald green) about 5 inches long and have approximately 600 grams weight. For incubation, male emu waits until the female lays minimum of 9 eggs and then he starts incubating them by sitting on the nest. He incubates them for 52-56 days and doesn't eat or drink during this time. Emu can reproduce for as long as 25 years. Emu gives minimum twenty and maximum forty eggs every year Normally Emu's lives up to 40 years
Each and every part of emus body is valuable.  Emu is becoming popular for having 98% fat free red meat, low in fat, low in cholesterol, low in calories, and high protein  and other utilities obtained by products namely; Emu oil, skin, feathers
Feathers are soft non allergic / anti static, beautiful double quilled and are used  In hats, dresses, computer and car cleaning brushes and household decorative items.
The skin is very thin, soft and strong. - per Sq ft. and 8-12 sq.ft of skin is available from a well matured bird. The skin is used in the preparations of shoes, bags, belts, purses, jerkins and seat covers for expensive cars.
The egg shell are used for painting and as decorative items due to deep Blue Colour. Nails are strong and decor able used in artificial ornaments and craft goods.
Emu oil has been used for treatment of muscle and joint pains.
Emu chicks at all age available -          

                                                                                                    

                                                                                                    
 
 

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