Emu eggs are only available seasonally, generally September through April in India. The female emu will lay one egg every 3-4 days during this season. In this way, An EMU can lay between 25 to 30 eggs per season.
An average egg weighs between 600 and 700 grams when laid. The eggs are edible consisting of approximately 10 chicken eggs. The egg is mostly yolk but has a much milder flavor than other poultry. The ratio of whites to yolks is 55% to 45 % compared to a chicken egg which is 65% white and 35% yolk. It is excellent when used in cooking. Making a breakfast from an unfertilized Emu egg can feed four people.
The Emu egg has many fascinating features. It is dark green in color and also larger than many other eggs and texture may vary from hen to hen. The main reason for this is because of its harsh growing conditions like desert type climate etc.
These are the longest incubating eggs at 50 days. Emu eggs, because of their large size and natural color are highly prized by crafters, known as ‘eggers' who decorate eggs. Some of these artisans who carve the eggs prefer emu because 3 distinct colors can be obtained when carving an emu egg. The dark outer green, a middle ‘teal' color and the inner white of the shell all can be used to generate interesting designs.
Eggs can also be used in an art form known as filigree. This is where a pattern is cut entirely thru the shell. Makes a nice nightlight. These eggs can be used to make jewelry boxes, can be painted or even have decals applied.
Commercial incubation time is 49-52 days and the percentage of eggs hatch is usually between 70 to 80% if normal sanitation and handling care is taken. Once hatched, chick survival rates are excellent.
Starting an emu farm is a big decision that requires planning and preparation. Once you have created a budget and committed to start farming emus, you are ready to prepare your land and make smart decisions by buying the right age and quality emu bird from Aditya Emu Farm.
- Provide adequate amount of space for running to do physical exercise so that leg bends doesn't occur and birds remain healthy.
- You need to plant trees for natural shade in your farm with good water facility for better results.
- Provide quality feed with high nutritional content since emus will usually eat until they get the right amount of nutrition till they are fully grown(18 Months).
- 15-18 months of age is the right time to slaughter the emu bird.
- Quality emus are essential for a foundation stock so buy from reputable farmers. The cost is higher for quality birds, but the result is well worth the price