We are a small hobby farm nestled in Donaldson Arkansas where we raise our mixed mob of emu💕
Operating as usual
Good morning sunshine🦖💕
✨️The Australian Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) has protective nictating membranes on its eyes. The membrane over each eye protects them from dust.
Nictating means blinking. The eye membrane is called a third eyelid, or a haw, or a plica semilunaris, or a membrana nictitans.
A nictating membrane is a transparent or translucent eyelid. The eyelid membrane not only protects the eye from dust, it also moistens the eye and cleans away any dust or dirt.
Normal upper and lower eyelids move up and down. The emu’s nictating eyelid moves horizontally, side to side, across the eyeball. It moves from the inside edge of the eye to the outside edge of the eye.
Sound acclimation is important for chicks. Don't be afraid to make some noise🤗 Gunshots, fireworks, barking dogs, tractor running or lawn mower sounds won't be a big deal if they hear these things as chicks and juvenilles💕
It was an exciting night!!! This sweet baby hatched around 4:00 a.m.❤️🦖
Happy New Year 🦖❤️🦖
Emu feathers are like no other! Individual emu feathers have a loose and simple design. Just like hairs, feathers grow from follicles. Most birds have one feather per follicle, but the emu grows a double-shafted feather from each follicle. Barbs found on a typical bird feather are closely knit, but an emu feather’s barbs are widely spaced and don't have the usual hooks that attach to the other barbs. Instead, each barb hangs loosely and gives emu feathers a hairlike appearance. Other ratites share this feathery design. Emu feathers are less water-resistant than other birds' feathers. Its tail feathers are not so soft. Instead, they are stiff, and the bird can rattle them to scare off predators, such as dingoes. When shaken they sound similar to a maraca
When the weather is changing drastically and you have a bunch of emu eggs in the incubator😅
Why emu? Well as chicks they are literally the sweetest most precious babies you will ever know. As juvenilles they are playful, hilarious, sweet, curious, bundles of joy. As adults they are beautiful, playful, comical, loving, loyal, protective, hardy, easy keeping dancing dinosaurs. So why emu you ask? That's why❤️🦖❤️
Merry Christmas❤️🎄Happy Holidays❄️⛄️
Merry Christmas Eve we have wiggles🤗❤️🦖
Did you know a group of emu is called a mob, not a herd or flock🦖
I love seeing the different size, color, shape, weight and texture of these beautiful eggs🤗Since the girls can share nests this helps show me who laid the egg🦖🥰
Do you know who loves snow and is hoping for some even more than my kids? My emu😅 These silly birds more often than not choose to be out in the elements instead of in their shelter😊
I believe this is from my standard trio🤗 She lays such dark beautiful eggs❤️🦖
Did you know emus LOVE water! They are really good swimmers too. They don't splash themselves with their "wings" as other birds do, but they do enjoy a good soak😊
Did you know emu egg carving is a thing🦖The art of carving emu eggs, known as Kalti Paarti, became popular in the 19th century and is still highly valued today. Emu eggs can be blown out, carved/etched or painted into beautiful works of art🎨
✨️Emus feature prominently in Aboriginal stories and culture. However, the word ‘Emu’ is not an Aboriginal name – it derives from the Arabic or Portuguese word for ‘large bird’.
Little wonder their Latin genus name ‘Dromaius’ is taken from the Greek word for ‘racer’ because of how fast they can run!
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Raising mixed mob of emu in Arkansas.
💫The Emu in the night sky constellation—created by the dark clouds of the Milky Way and spaces between stars—has been observed by Aboriginal peoples for thousands of years. The position of the emu signals the right time of the year to collect emu eggs.
Baby it's cold outside❄️
Michael looked outside just in time for us to catch Prexie laying her egg before dark
🦖The dark green color of the emu egg is due to the presence of biliverdin (part of the bile pathway in humans and other animals). The color serves as camouflage in the grass where the emu lays its eggs. Green p**p in females is said to be a good sign that she is getting geared up to start laying.
Hoping for some sunshine🌞
Morning egg hunt💕
✨️Did you know that the tips of emu feathers actually have the ability to absorb solar radiation? Together with their insulation ability, this helps keep the birds from overheating in the hot and dry Australian environment.
✨️Did you know in nature it takes a male emu 60 days to hatch the eggs! During which he doesn't move, even to eat or drink. Incubating time for us humans is usually 49-52 days depending on your temps. Pic: Development stages day 18-43. Around day 36 you can sometimes see them moving (if they aren't asleep of course)🥰
Emu MYTH: you can tell a male from a female emu chick by the pattern on the top of their heads.
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This is a video of Prexie's new bff Pongo! He is currently in Oklahoma but I'll be bringing him home next week🤗
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