In the last week, our emu Loca has laid two more eggs, bringing our total to four. Here they are with a chicken eggs for size comparison.
She has chosen the area between the goat dogloos as her nest and that puts the eggs in danger.
Why can’t she just lay them in the grass? It’s much safer.
I think she’s saying “Leggo of my Eggo.”
So here is the dilemma. The first two eggs she laid are clearly beyond the time frame for hatching. The last two are not. However, I have not seen any evidence of mating between Loca and Stuart, so fertility is definitely iffy. As I have mentioned before, the male emu is the one who sits on the eggs, hatches the chicks, and raises the babies for the first year. Stuart has not shown any inclination to begin nesting.
The other option would be to put the eggs in the incubator and hatch them ourselves, assuming they are fertile. From day one to hatch is about 56 days so that is a lot of time to wait to find out they aren’t fertile. Then what do I do if Loca keeps laying or Chica starts laying and we get too many eggs. What if both boys decide to sit? Yikes, we could end up over-run with emu chicks, or we could end up with none. Emu chicks can be difficult to find homes for as well. I think more hobby farmers should get emus. They are great as pets and are good for predator control. Of course, they need to be imprinted on their human keepers and, until they get a certain size must be protected from predators. But they are fantastic birds and I love all four of them.
So I guess we’ll mull things over for a few more days and decide what to do, if anything. Feel free to shout out suggestions!