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post #351 of 2378 Old 03-27-2018, 11:34 AM
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Those are some big birds! And I thought I was doing well have my girls fearless around our wild turkeys!

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A belated but very Happy Birthday wish for you. I so love reading through your threads, links and replies. A small strawbale studio for a test run here is still on my bucket list. The humidity makes me nervous but am thinking if I can get high and open I can get around that.
Yes, you can!

Ever checked this out? Andrew is really really helpful, and does workshops all over the US. He was our sanity saver and so helpful, even though we were in Australia!

https://www.strawbale.com/

I love the horses on your pic. And those harnesses! Are they your horses and harnesses? Because if so:
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Those are some big birds! And I thought I was doing well have my girls fearless around our wild turkeys!


Wow, aren't they lovely. Probably scarier because they flap, no? I mean, do they? Emus don't, they just run...

Let me tell you an emu joke.

A man finds an emu egg and says to his wife, "Invite the extended family! We're having scrambled eggs!"
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"I love the horses on your pic. And those harnesses! Are they your horses and harnesses? Because if so: " I feel the same about your Sanctuary. Thank you. Yes, they are/were my (personal) very first team. Sadly Peaches passed after spending 24 years with us. Daisy is still going strong when there is work to do or light riding. Mostly clean up from hurricanes and trails. That particular harness was sold after an accident that has left my shoulder prone to reinjury. It was leather and extremely heavy. It was replaced with biothane that is similar in decoration. To give you an idea of their size I am 5.10 - closer to 6 with those boots.
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I'll have to give that link a read. Matts Mhyrman, Judy Knox (who passed in 2011) and the Davids (Bainbridge and Eisenberg) were who I am most familiar with from my years in Texas.
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Can I just say how much I love emus?? <3<3<3

In all seriousness, I'm stoked to have you back, SueC! You're so thorough in your journal; I enjoy reading it a lot!
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Zexious: Thank you...very glad you're enjoying. Here's some more emus for you. They are such comical-looking birds, especially their faces when they look at you.


Emus - Red Moon Sanctuary, Redmond Western Australia
by Brett and Sue Coulstock, on Flickr


Emu in the Sedges - Redmond Western Australia
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Emu - Redmond Western Australia
by Brett and Sue Coulstock, on Flickr


Re fencing and wildlife: Our internal fences are three strands of stretchy polybraid, bottom and top electric, and spaced so that large herbivores get zapped, but wildlife can pass through with relative ease. These guys know the middle strand is not hot, and stretch it to get through – like we primates do. The kangaroos seem to get through with a limbo technique. Some people regard emus as pests, but they do no harm to us and we are stoked to see them.

And going from huge to tiny, here's a lovely little thing:


Fairy Wren in Our Garden – Strawbale House Build in Redmond Western Austra
by Brett and Sue Coulstock, on Flickr

Looks harmless, but is apt to wake you at dawn in spring and summer by knocking against your windows - because of its own reflection... We have a whole family of them in the garden and it is extraordinary how much noise they can make!
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"I love the horses on your pic. And those harnesses! Are they your horses and harnesses? Because if so: " I feel the same about your Sanctuary. Thank you. Yes, they are/were my (personal) very first team. Sadly Peaches passed after spending 24 years with us. Daisy is still going strong when there is work to do or light riding. Mostly clean up from hurricanes and trails. That particular harness was sold after an accident that has left my shoulder prone to reinjury. It was leather and extremely heavy. It was replaced with biothane that is similar in decoration. To give you an idea of their size I am 5.10 - closer to 6 with those boots.
QtrBel: That is a magnificent horse. Wow! There is something so special about these giants. So that's Daisy? Just look at that regal bearing. A horse like that makes the typical show horse look like a mere fluffed-up toy poodle. A horse like that doesn't even have to try!

Gorgeous colour. What breed of draught is this?

Love the harness but was thinking, how many hours does QtrBel spend cleaning and oiling this when maintenance time comes around? Wonderful material, lots of work. Is the new harness easier-care?

I'm really grateful for people like yourself who safeguard these lovely horses and traditions from extinction. I'm a nutter for heritage farm breeds. Old breeds are being lost all the time - with the modern obsessions with e.g. Aberdeen Angus for beef in Australia, and it turns the place into a genetic monoculture. Only 30 years ago there were about a dozen common beef breeds in our part of the world, now it's mostly fence-to-fence Angus.

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are those emus wild, or something you keep on the sanctuary?

I suppose they could be dangerous, if, for example you got between a mom and her chicks?
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are those emus wild, or something you keep on the sanctuary?

I suppose they could be dangerous, if, for example you got between a mom and her chicks?
Our farm has both domestic livestock and incoming wildlife. We have 50ha of biodiverse nature reserve, adjoined by similar areas on the south and west boundaries. Wild emus and kangaroos live in these areas and come out onto pastures. They roam large tracts of bush and farmland by going through or over fences.

With emus, it is the male who raises the chicks. The Australian bush affords little nutrition compared to wildernesses on younger geology like you have in the States, and like in Europe. So our marsupial mammals typically run at around 2-3 degrees C lower core body temperature than most placental (non-Australian) mammals, to conserve energy. The koala sleeps a lot in the daytime and whenever not actually feeding.

So the female emu needs a big holiday after producing the eggs. She has to go off and look after herself and get the best nutrition she can to recuperate. The male, whose energy and resource expenditure in producing the fertile eggs was comparatively low, has the reserves to raise the chicks and therefore does it.

Male emus like looking after their young and have been known to try to steal other males's young when they can, to raise!

They do get very protective when they have young, but wouldn't ordinarily attack herbivores on pasture as they aren't a threat. Dogs, on the other hand, and overly nosy humans had better watch out! Riders are generally safe unless they dismount and so become recognisably human.

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