Emus and Their Fellow Flightless Birds

Throughout countless posts, we’ve discussed emus and their beneficial oils extensively. We’ve even covered the difference between emus and the fellow flightless ostrich. While we’re at it, we Flightless Birdsthought it’d be interesting to take a deeper look into the other flightless birds found in the group ratites. Though ostriches are the largest living ratite, it wasn’t always that way. Some extinct species were actually twice their size!

Of course, we’re sure none of the emus’ fellow ratites offered such beneficial oils to mankind, but they’re all still quite interesting. From the largest birds in existence to chicken-size kiwis, ratites are a diverse group of birds. Let’s take a closer look.

Flightless Birds: Extinct Ratites

When it comes to flightless birds, both living and extinct ratites take the cake for most interesting, but that’s our opinion. As mentioned, some now-extinct forms of these flightless birds were much larger than what we’re used to today. While ostriches and emus are two of the largest living birds, their predecessors were much larger. Take a look below:

  • Moa: Native to New Zealand, the moa species ranged from turkey-sized birds to one of the largest birds, weighing up to 500 pounds and standing 12 feet tall! By 1400, the moa became extinct as the first humans arrived in New Zealand.
  • Aepyornis Maximus: Though shorter than the moa, the aepyornis was the largest bird known to exist. Referred to as the elephant bird, these giants could weigh nearly 900 pounds and reach heights over 9 feet. Three smaller species existed as well, though they slowly disappeared after the arrival of humans.

Living Forms of Ratites

Continuing on through the list of flightless birds that form the ratite group, the birds to follow still live today. As mentioned, we’ve discussed emus extensively, and even went into depth on ostriches in our last post. With this, let us fill you in on the remaining ratites.Flightless Birds - Cassowary

  • Cassowary: Native to Australia and New Guinea along with the emu, cassowaries are shorter than emus, yet heavier. When threatened, cassowaries can be very dangerous and are likely to attack.
  • Rhea: A mid-sized flightless bird, one species of the rhea, the American rhea, typically weighs 45-55 pounds and stands nearly 5 feet tall. The rhea is native to South America.
  • Kiwi: Consisting of five species, kiwis are the smallest bird in the ratite group. From New Zealand, kiwis are about the size of a chicken. They’re nocturnal and nest in burrows. Surprisingly, kiwi eggs are quite large in comparison to the bird’s size.

Emus: The Beneficial Flightless Bird

There you have it: a list of emus’ fellow flightless birds. Ranging from 10 feet tall to a mere 16 inches, ratites are quite interesting, not to mention diverse. While interesting, none of these birds are quite as beneficial as the emu and its beneficial oils.

If you’re interested in reaping the benefits of emu oil, browse Willow Spring Emu Oil today! Of course, you can always contact us here for questions and comments.

Emu and Ostrich

Emus vs. Ostriches: The Difference

Here at Willow Springs Emu Oil we specialize in emu oil products, but we have noticed that many people often get emus confused with ostriches. While both are large, flightless birds, the emu and the ostrich have many differences.

Our emu oil products are effective at treating a number of skin conditions and we believe our customers should be as informed as possible about what they are buying from us. To better accomplish this goal, let our emu oil experts fill you in on the differences between emus and ostriches.

Territory and Size

One of the most obvious differences between these two flightless birds is their natural habitat. Emus are native to Australia while ostriches are found in Africa. Both birds are, however, surprisingly adaptive and were once found in other regions. For example, ostriches once roamed free in the middle east, while emus have been found on the islands surrounding Australia.

Ostriches are also the tallest bird in the world, standing as tall as nine feet in some cases! Emus are not small, however. As the second tallest bird, emus can reach a height of six feet. Both birds are also surprisingly heavy. Ostriches can weigh as much as two full-grown humans, or roughly 300 pounds, while emus can weigh as much as 135 pounds. Despite their size, both emus and ostriches are fast runners, clocking 30 and 40 miles per hour, respectively.

Physical Traits

In addition to their size differences, emus and ostriches have many other differences in their physical appearance. Female ostriches are a dull brown in color, while males can be black with white accents. Emus, on the other hand, can vary in color, but are typically greyish-brown with the tips of their feathers being black. Their habitat often determines their color scheme.

Additionally, both birds have rather large eggs. The ostrich egg is the largest egg in the world, weighing more than 1.5 Kg or 3 pounds.  Although ostrich eggs are the largest eggs, they are actually the smallest eggs in comparison to the size of an adult bird. Emu eggs are also large, weighing as much as 700 grams. Emu eggs are also a dark green color while ostrich eggs are more of a yellow cream.

Willow Springs Emu Oil

While both birds’ oil have skin moisturizing benefits, only Emu oil has therapeutic healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Here at Willow Springs, we specialize in emu oil. All of our products are made with pure emu oil and can be beneficial for a variety of skin and hair conditions.

If you are interested in any of our high-quality emu oil products, you can visit our online store here.

If you any questions or comments you can contact us here or call us at 1.866.338.8227.

Emu: Fun and Interesting Facts

Female Emu StruttingBy now, you should be aware of the numerous benefits Emu oil presents to your body, not to mention the nutrition their meat provides. Plain and simple, emus are full of advantages for the human body. From treating cuts and burns to revitalizing skin, these beneficial birds have a number of far-reaching uses, but they’re quite interesting themselves as well.

Here at Willow Springs Emu Oil, we value this flightless bird. Without emus, where else could we find such fantastic nutrients? Emu oil works wonders for our bodies and can be used to treat a variety of conditions. Take a moment to appreciate the value of Emu, and learn a bit about them with our list of fun and interesting facts.

Emu Behavior

Typically, emus are a docile bird, though they occasionally fight among themselves. They’re quite curious, and are most active throughout the day. These large birds are fast runners, with the ability to reach 30 MPH. They can even swim! Take a look below at some behavioral facts:

Male emus make drumming and grunting sounds, while the females make louder booming sounds.
Sometimes living in flocks, emus are generally a solitary bird.
To help grind their food and accelerate digestion, emus will swallow pebbles.
The birds use their long powerful legs and sharp claws to defend against predators.

Physical Attributes

Emus are very interesting birds. Next to the ostrich, emus are the second largest bird in the world, sometimes reaching over 6 feet in height. The flightless bird’s ancestors lived in the time of dinosaurs, and even share some similar features with such. Check out some more facts about the physical attributes of emus below:

  • Much like owls, emus have two sets of eyelids—one for blinking, one set for protecting their eyes from dust and debris.
  • Emus only have three toes on each foot at the end of their long legs, which are built for running.
  • The birds can weigh up to 130 pounds!
  • Though they require water on a daily basis, emus can survive for long periods of time without food, as they store fat for energy when needed.

Emus: Interesting and Beneficial

As you can see, emus are unique birds. Their large size and excellent attributes make them a very useful bird, especially for humans. Used for their feathers, meat, and oil, emus present a variety of benefits to humans.

If you’re interesting in learning more about emus and the use of their byproducts, check out our blog. You can also view Willow Springs’ online store, which is full of Emu oil products that are advantageous to your body. Try one today!

Emu Farming - Close-up

Quick Guide to Raising Emu

A Quick Guide to Raising EmuEmu Farming

As one of the newer livestock industries in North America, raising Emu presents a variety of benefits and can be quite simple, as Emu are easily manageable. Emu aren’t known to show aggression toward humans and do not require special housing for milder climates, making them a safe choice with low maintenance.

Getting Started

There are a few ways to start raising your own emu. Some methods may be more beneficial than others. Depending on your preference, you can choose to start your emu farm in one of the following ways:

  • Buying Eggs – Requiring the least amount of money to start, buying eggs can be inexpensive, but you won’t be able to start production for two years.
  • Sexed Chicks – To avoid hatching problems, you can purchase chicks that are 8 weeks or older. This method is a bit more expensive than eggs and still requires two years before production.
  • Juveniles – By purchasing emu one year and older, you can select quality birds to yield better results.
  • Breeders – You can start production immediately by purchasing proven breeders. While this method is more expensive, you can ensure breeding and get started right away.

Make sure you are well read on the subject prior to purchasing your emu. You’ll want to be cautious when buying breeding adults, making sure they are indeed breeders. Also, the worth of your own emu farm depends on the area you live and the cost to feed and maintain your emu.

Housing Your Emu

While emu may be more easily managed than other animals, they still require proper housing in order to stay healthy and be raised properly. Emu should be protected from harsh weather conditions.  Depending on the climate, a three-sided shelter is adequate. They also need a pen measuring at least 15’ by 100’  for a breeding pair.  For emu grow-out, a pen of 1 acre per 50 birds is sufficient, however manure needs to be frequently removed and pen properly maintained. The pasture should be enclosed by a fence at least 5 feet in height.

After hatching, Emu chicks should be raised in heated brooder area up to 16 square feet per 10 chicks and remain there for the first two weeks. After two weeks, the chicks can be moved to larger heated area.  As they grow to 4-6 weeks old, the chicks can be allowed access to outdoor runs or pasture.


It is important to supply your emu with clean water at all times, and provide them with feed containing essential amino acids, minerals and protein.  As Emu chicks require more care in the beginning stages, their diet must be more closely controlled as well. In the first three weeks, chicks should have heat and food available at all times, yet too high of a level of protein can lead to weight problems and leg weakness. It is recommended that chicks are given feed containing approximately 20% protein.


While it is said that Emu generally require less maintenance than other animals, proper care for Emu and high-yields of production requires a higher level of work and should not be taken lightly. If you are interested in raising Emu and benefitting from their meat, feathers, oils, and more, browse our blog for tips in addition to performing in-depth research.

What is an Emu

What is an Emu


Emu DrawingEmu are members of the Ratite family of flightless birds, which have small or under-developed wings. Emu, the world’s second largest living bird, are native to Australia, where they are found in the deserts, forests and on the plains.

Emu were originally imported to the United States from 1930 to 1950 as exotic zoo stock. In 1960, the Emu was designated Australia’s national bird, and an Australian government ban on exporting the Emu has been in effect for over 40 years. Read more

Emu Meat

Emu Meat For A Healthy Lifestyle

Emu SteakEmu meat is the choice for the health conscious person who wants a low fat and cholesterol diet that still contains red meat.

Emu is a very lean (97% fat free) red meat, similar to beef in both taste and appearance. It is higher in iron, protein, Vitamins A, C, and B12 than beef and lower in cholesterol than chicken. Since Emu can be raised naturally, the meat contains no chemical additives.

Emu meat gives red meat lovers what they want and health-conscious consumers what they need. Five Star chefs praise Emu meat for its ability to absorb a variety of spices and flavorings in preparing gourmet dishes. A mature emu yields 30 – 35 lbs. of deboned meat. Read more

Emu Meat Recipes

Emu Meat Recipes – delicious and healthy

Emu meat is today’s delicious and heart healthy red meat choice. Low in fat and cholesterol with less than 1 gram of fat per ounce, Emu is ideal for the health-conscious consumer.

Delicate in flavour, tender and quick cooking, Emu meat can be easily substituted for almost any meat or poultry dish. Read more

Why Raise Emu?

Why Raise Emu?

Dolly the EmuEmu are one of the newest livestock industries in North America. Raising Emu offers a Good rate of return on investment. They are very tough, hardy birds that adapt well to most climates and conditions.

Docile, curious and easily managed, Emu do not generally show any aggression to humans, even in the breeding season.

Emu do not require elaborate housing and do well in modified older farm buildings or shelters.

Emu do not require prime farm land to be raised. Marginal land not suited for crops can be utilized. Fifty to sixty birds per acre is acceptable. Emu ranching is an efficient, environmentally conscious way to raise livestock. Read more