“How did you get your emus?” is the most popular question we are asked at the moment and there’s a genuine look of shock on our guests’ faces when we reply “From eBay!”.
It’s true! We bought 4 large green fertilised dragon like eggs from eBay early in 2019. Agnieszka’s dairy states: “9 January 2019. 4 emu eggs arrived in the post on a very frosty morning”. They arrived securely packed in polystyrene via courier so they were pretty safe. Sadly, after nearly 2 months of incubation, only 1 of the eggs actually hatched. We put the naming process to a Facebook vote and “Twiggy” was the winning name!
Initially, we didn’t know the gender of Twiggy – he had to send off part of her eggshell to an animal genetics company to determine this for us. At first, Twiggy was lonely so Agnieszka would take our baby emu and tuck her inside her dressing gown so we could all sit and watch TV together.
Emus have only one life partner and so the search was on to find her the love of her life. We soon found a male for her and one Saturday evening travelled to a farm near Preston to collect him. How we spend our Saturday nights these days is totally different to that of our younger days! We named him “Alfie”.
Twiggy is slightly shorter and darker than Alfie and, probably due to spending her early days tucked in Agnieszka’s dressing gown, is more affectionate. Our Dromaius novaehollandie are great looking, inquisitive, sociable and extraordinarily fast!