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The Emu Bird is a ratite, flightless bird, and is native of Australia. Emu's are related to other flightless birds such as ostriches, cassowaries, New Guinea, Kiwi and rheas. The Emu was exported to the United States in the 1930's. Today, Emu birds are transitioning from a breeder industry to a commercial industry. Their meat, oil, hide, feathers and other products are all increasing in demand. The increasing demand for Emu products makes it, livestock investment opportunity of the nineties and beyond Indians are discovering the profit potential of emus. With a little knowledge in Emu rearing, determination, some advice from pioneers and technical guidance you can also realize these profits. The chicks achieve rapid growth, gaining their height by one year of age. After six months, the birds shed most of their feathers for the fluffy, elegant feathers of the adult. For most climatic conditions, the birds need shelter during the first few months. These birds are very hardy and adaptable one.

Benefits of Emu Birds:

A year old Emu is around five and half to six feet in height, its weight is 30-40 kg. Fully grown Emu weighs 50-60 kg approximately. When it grows it changes its colour thrice. In the beginning as it comes out of the egg up to 3 months there are stripes on its body. After 4 months it looks chocolate brown, After 1 year it again starts changing its colour. The feathers on the neck fall off. Then its neck looks bluish green and feathers exhibit a variety of colours.

There is no distinction between a male and a female. Generally 18-month-old female is capable of reproduction, however in some emus this period can extend up to 2 years. As per available national data on an average during breeding period, female emu lays up to 32 eggs. The breeding period is 6 months, from October to March. Emu’s eggs are dark green in colour. Compared to egg of a hen they are 10-12 times bigger. Female Emu may lay eggs after every 3 days. But sometimes it lays eggs after 3 or 5 days.

Emu has a long life and lives at least for 40 years. If we look after them properly emus are capable of reproduction for at least 25 years. We can take it for granted that they produce 32 young ones per year. So in simple terms a farmer keeps these birds, looks after them well and produces marketable goods.