Emu Hatchery & Emu Incubators
Rising emu is a fun and challenging. Emu eggs usually take about two months to hatch, and completing the process of incubating and hatching a healthy chick can be tricky. Emu laid their eggs between March and September. Females will begin laying eggs when they reach 2 1/2 to three years of age, and will generally produce somewhere between 40 and 60 eggs per year. You can say Emu as the original surrogate mother. The female lays the egg, but it's the male that sits on the egg until it hatches. He also cares for the chicks for their first 18 months of life in the wild. Before you decide that you want to hatch an emu egg, it's important to understand the best way to take on the task.
Tips about incubation and hatching emu eggs
- Choose an incubator for your eggs. Make sure that the incubator you choose is not only large enough for the eggs, but will also allow you to easily adjust temperature, ventilation and humidity, and will allow easy access for turning the eggs.
- Collect the eggs from the nest as soon as possible after they are laid and Weight the eggs.
- Keep the eggs at a temperature of about 60 degrees, letting them rest for between one and seven days before you move them into the incubator.
- Adjust the temperature of the incubator to a setting between 96 and 99 degrees. Turn the humidity to a setting of about 40 percent.
- Turn the emu eggs carefully at least three to five times a day. If you are up to the challenge, the eggs can be turned gently up to 24 times per day.
- Move the eggs to a separate hatching incubator between the 41st and 51st day of incubation.
- Stop turning the eggs about five days before they are expected to hatch. You can determine the timing by weighing the eggs again. The eggs will lose 10 to 18 percent of their weight due to moisture loss just before they hatch. You can lower the humidity slightly in the incubator if the eggs do not seem to be losing weight.
- Lower the temperature in the new incubator by about one degree. Raise or lower the humidity by 5 to 10 percent depending on the eggs' weight.
- TWait for the emu eggs to hatch. Try to let the emu chicks hatch without your help. Only help, very carefully and gently, if the chick has been
struggling for some hours.