Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Feb 02, 2014
We raised two emus for meat.
The meat from the birds ended up being great. We cooked our spaghetti with the bird meat instead of ground beef and it was honestly hard to tell the difference.
I would like to focus on the actual raising of the birds, as that will probably be the most difficult part of ever dealing with an emu.
As I mentioned we raised two emus, together. They were just like any other large bird, they didn't do anything awful or anything completely impressive. If you have kids, definitely remember that birds (no matter how big) like to peck at things like children's heads... While it was pretty funny in the moment, I can see an emu pecking a child's head becoming a serious problem should the bird act aggressively enough. I was never hurt by the bird, once the sheer shock of what had happened wore off I was back outside by the fence with the birds.
The birds are on the agressive side, I would say, just because they are just giant birds... They don't think or really "fear" punishment for their actions like a dog might, so if they want to peck at you with their powerful beaks, they will do it.
Overall emus are a fun experience! And the meat that they produce is great, I would recommend raising an emu if you're looking for something new.