Yeah, till you get the vet bill. He better just shit that thing out.
Yeah, till you get the vet bill. He better just shit that thing out.
The shininess drew him to it, but it may have been the lack of weight that encouraged him to swallow it because he won't swallow things that are that big. I've seen him pick up rocks smaller than that and spit them out instead of swallowing them. Course he may just have regarded the grommit as food and swallowed it anyway.
I hope he shits out the damn thing fast enough, man. It won't cause any damage, right?
Nah, not unless it gets lodged in his intestine, then he'll need surgery. But birds tend to keep things in their stomachs for a very long time so he'll grow big enough to pass it through before long.
How's the little guy doing?
Bunch of kids came over today and he had a blast chasing them around, he wasn't too sure about them at first with how hyper kids can be and kept getting spooked and running back to me making his 'save me' noise but he warmed up to em pretty quick. Pretty much anyone who takes off running soon finds an Emu running after them, he just loves to chase for the sake of chasing.
Videos are needed.
So, any news about Gerry. Just a little sad seeing this thread go dead. Cause heck this thread changed my view on emus i used to thing they were dumb smelly birds when they can be adorable and loving.
I've been raising about seven chickens from hatching to maturity as of late, and damn, you weren't kidding about how fast riparian birds grow! I know chickens probably aren't nearly as closely related, but the little buggers sprout up in weeks!
Was gonna wait till Saturday to post but Gerry is still doing great and with the sudden heat wave we're having he's learned the value of a cool soak in the water.
Saturday will be 50 days since he hatched, 100 days since I first put his egg in the incubator. It's a pretty big milestone for him, he spent 49 days in his egg after I set it so come Saturday he'll be out if his egg longer than he was in it.
As always, a picture of him next to his bowl so you can see how huge he's gotten. He's 16" (~40cm) at the hip now and more than 4 pounds (~1.8kg). He'll still grow around 4 times taller and around 37 times heavier before he's done though.
I can imagine the faces of the old ladies walking their dogs when you come walking with your full grown size emu down the street.
First I thought it has gotten pretty big, then I saw it in comparison to your leg. Still, it grows quite fast.
Every single one of your images is broken. What the fuuuuuuck. :gonk:
I feel I have missed out 2 months of Emu by just viewing this now..
How long till its full size?
Will Gerry see you as a "mother figure" when he is older? because by the looks of it he associates with you and is close to you, so when he is bigger, will he be equally friendly and what not? also is it possible to walk an emu, like a dog or something i think it would be pretty bad ass to walk an emu just imo
I suspect he'll plateau though, his growing phase might slow down maybe after he reaches 4.5 feet or so.
He's great around people though, it usually takes him a few minutes to get used to strangers and he'll keep his distance till I convince him it's alright but once he knows somebody he'll still remember them and run up to them looking for a pet on the back.
We have people over for dinner every Sunday and he's always out playing with the kids and visiting everyone.
One time the UPS guy came by to drop off some boxes while I had Gerry out for a run on the grass and Gerry followed him back to the truck and tried to hop inside.
And yes, it is possible to walk an Emu like a dog, though you need a specially made harness because a collar would just slip over their head and their wings are way too tiny to support a regular dog harness so it has to go over their hips.
I don't feel the need to put a harness on him at this point though, he does know his name and will come when I call him though I usually need to get his attention by whistling first. It's the same with pretty much everything, if you don't have his attention you mind as well be talking to a wall.
Also Emu mothers don't do anything more than lay the eggs, once the nest has eggs in it the father incubates and cares for the young for around 8 months, the mother may even go off and mate with another male then return to the same nest and lay more eggs and he'll still take care of them as if they were his own.
Went and made a video of Gerry doing some of the things he does best, like jumping around and chasing things.
Now I am sad, because I will never be able to own an emu...
Absolutely freaking adorable!
Has the mailman ever said anything to you?
More Gerry, more the Gerryer:
What sounds do Emus make. I know baby ducks squeak if you pick them up, but thats all I know
Emu chicks make a sound which sounds exactly like a person whistling.
Adult Emus make different sounds, Males make a grunting sound which is similar to a pig's grunt, Females make a booming noise, if you've ever pulled up next to a car on the road playing loud music with a subwoofer and all you can really hear is the "BUM" "BUM" "BUM", that's exactly what it sounds like.
Gerry still makes baby noises but he's just started making a grunt as well, mainly when he's upset and it sort of gets mixed in with his whistle because he's such a cry baby and doesn't like to be left alone outside. Course by left alone I mean me sitting by the window to the backyard with plenty of food and water in plain sight while he paces below the window till I lean out and pick him up.
Are Emu's able to be housetrained? Also, he looks very soft. Is he?
I wouldn't expect so, he just kind of shits where ever but he will get off my lap before going off to take a dump somewhere else. I have trained him to recognize the word 'No' though. He does like to peck and since he's getting bigger it hurts quite a bit, he doesn't do it to be mean but he doesn't realize it hurts either.
I wouldn't call him soft, but he's not rough either. He's also not extremely bony like a regular bird where they have almost no body fat. If you've ever pet a Miniature Pinscher, his feathers are a lot like that but longer and fluffier. The hair-like fibers you see on him are basically the same as the spine on a regular bird feather, his feathers do branch out as well but the branches are short and thin and don't interlock with each other. The feathers on his head and neck are very soft though, and the feathers around his face are just a stalk and have no branches at all so they do look just like hair.
That's so cool. I want an emu! What're you going to do when he reaches full height? Are you going to continue to let a 6ft bird roam around the house?
Of course, I'd never make an impulse buy. I'd consider looking into it after college and once I can afford a house and these sorts of things
Stop making me wish I had an Emu.
hnnng I need another video! That was brilliant with him sliding around in the box + the music
Haven't recorded anything new, will soon though.
I decided I'm gonna hatch two more Emus come October too, that's when they start laying again.
I'll incubate them at a lower temperature and see if I can get two girls this time.
You're the only parent I know that wants his child to have sex before he's even 1 year old.
Oh my god he's so adorable, does he still wobble to and fro while running around?
Today is Gerry's 100th day since he hatched. He's now 2 feet/60cm tall at the hip and more than 7 pounds/3kg in weight. This will probably be the last post until October too, then I'll post some more pictures of him when he's bigger and an update as to the egg situation and I'll keep better track of things regarding incubation for those interested in following along.
I find these pictures adorable but I always feel as if there should be another emu there...
GERTIE NO WHY????