It was 85-90 deg on Vancouver Island and not bothering these chicks one bit. This is the first time they have seen a pool of water and it seems to come naturally. Apparently emus are good swimmers.

Two minutes in the life of 12 day old emu chicks.

We keep a radio playing so that the chicks aren't started with sudden noises. Chick pen corners are rounded to prevent huddling and the possible smothering of the chicks. When they are older and the weather is warm the sliding door will be opened to the outside run.

Locally raised Emu meat and oil

Emu are a flightless bird indigenous to Australia. The Aboriginals dating back 40,000 years have hunted emu for all their byproducts especially meat and oil. Commercial emu farming was only legalized in Australia in 1987 and came to North America subsequently. Although ratites are poultry, the pH of their flesh is similar to beef. Therefore, emu is classified as lean red meat for cooking purposes (6.1). A nutritional comparison of red meat funded by the USDA found that emu meat is the highest in protein/g and iron/mg and lowest in fat/g therefore a heart healthy choice.  Emu oil is derived from processing the body fat taken at the time the meat is harvested. Research at the UMass revealed that emu oil lowers cholesterol.  Approximately 70% of the fatty acids in emu oil are unsaturated as determined by Auburn U. As you can see these are very impressive credentials for farm livestock and a strong addition to the local food diet of Vancouver Island.  Mt. Sicker Family Farm sells emus as chicks (when volumes allow), juveniles and breeding stock. We also represent a fellow emu farmer and sell his emu oil in soft get cap form as well as his patented “The Easy-Clean Water Bowl” watering system that works especially well for these birds. Check our farm calendar at the bottom of the Home page to see availability dates and place your order on our Contact Us/Price List page.