Start an Emu Oil Farm

Emu oil is a special natural oil that is extracted from birds called emus. It has been touted as one of the best things that you can do for your skin. It is also a great reliever of everyday aches and pains. Emus are usually farmed in Australia but since people realized their commercial value, they are now farmed in many parts of the world. The first to farm emus were two Swiss families in Western Australia. As more and more people started to farm emus, the government realized that they had commercial potential and established its own farm in Western Australia. Today, emu oil farms are commonplace not just in Australia but in other parts of the world as well.

What you need to start an emu oil farm?

You can start a farm using any of the following methods or using a combination.

• Buying eggs and the waiting for the chicks to hatch. This is an excellent way to go if you don’t have a large budget but you should be aware that you may have to wait at least 2 years before you can get your first harvest after 2 years.

• You can buy chicks that have already hatched and that have been sexed. They are usually at least 8 weeks old. They will eliminate the problem of hatching but the waiting time is the same – 2 years. In addition to that, you will spend more than you would with eggs.

• You can buy year-old emus. This reduces waiting time to 1 year but you will pay more than you would for eggs or hatched chicks.

• Buy breeders which is the most expensive way to go but it allows you to start production right away.

Buying requires a careful eye. You have to watch out for inbred stock or culled birds or non-breeders. If you don’t know how to tell the apart, you should either use a reputable emu oil farm or take along someone who knows about emus. It is hard to tell how much a farm will cost to set up. It all depends on your location and where you source your materials. If the cost seems high, keep in mind that the emu oil farm you establish will be in operation for years to come which reduces startup costs per egg or chick. Although challenging, there is no reason why you cannot be successful in running an emu oil farm.

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