Molly Green Magazine Raising Emus

Carole West in Molly Green Magazine featured Raising emus on the homestead.

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In the spring issue of Molly Green Magazine, I’m sharing our emu story and tips on raising; these birds are one of a kind and they just kind of grow on you.

When our first emu Chaka arrived, I wasn’t that excited, fast forward 6 years and he’s turned out to be a great addition to our farm.


Inside the magazine there’s a picture of Chaka lying beside a couple baby emus we added.

The plan was to get him the perfect mate or a pair of two. Unfortunately, one turned out to be a male so we ended up selling him because the two started having issues.

Arie would jump out of the pasture on those days and let me say that getting an emu back home after jumping into the neighbor’s pasture isn’t always that easy.   Thankfully I know how to cut wire and install a gate.

Today Chaka and Arie roam the pastures together and when it’s feed time she comes running full speed ahead.  Chaka just keeps walking; he’s about 16 now and trying to get him excited about anything is pretty difficult.

They both enjoy free ranging through the pastures feasting on spring grass; it won’t be long before they’ll start hunting grasshoppers and other critters they find tasty.

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  1. Jane says:

    congrats! Would love to read the article…I’ll have a look for the magazine.

    1. Carole says:

      Go to their website many times you can read it online.

  2. Patti says:

    Such interesting animals. I’ve never been close to one before. They sounds super fun.

    1. Carole says:

      They really are interesting and Chaka loves to lay his head on our shoulders to get a hug. The other one not so much..

  3. I miss the drumming sound the males made. Ours were colorful characters.

    1. Carole says:

      Yes Chaka has quite the drum noise, it kind of freaked me out in the early days.

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