Frequently Asked Questions
About American Emus
Q: What is an emu and where can I find information on raising emus?
Q: When do emus begin reproduction?
A: Emus begin laying eggs as early as 16-18 months of age, but laying normally begins at two to three years. Emus lay large green eggs between November and March. Emus can be productive for more than 20 years and can lay 20-50 eggs in a season.
Q: Why is the emu called the "most usable bird"?
A: Emus are most widely known for their unique oil and low-fat, iron-packed red meat, but their fine leather, (hide), unusual feathers, toenails and exquisite large green eggs are also marketable.
Q: Where does emu oil come from?
A: Emu oil comes from a thick pad of fat on the back of the bird that was initially provided by nature to protect the animal from the extreme temperatures of its Australian homeland.
Q: What are some uses for the oil?
A: Emu oil has diverse applications ranging from moisturizers, cosmetics, soaps, and shampoos to analgesics. Emu oil has been shown to display anti-inflammatory properties and helps combat the effects of the aging process. Emu oil has also been proven to thicken the skin of the elderly by as much as 14 percent. Medical specialists are discovering the benefits of emu oil and are adapting it into their treatment techniques for relieving the symptoms of joints aching, preventing scars, and treating extra dry skin conditions. In addition to reducing swelling and stiffness in joints, it reduces bruising and muscle pain.
Emu Oil has the same lipid (fat) panel as human skin and is one of the few natural oils that can penetrate the human skin barrier. It takes all of its nutrition down deep into the lower levels of the skin, muscles, ligaments and joints. It feeds the cells so that they can rebuild and replace themselves, while the anti-inflammatory properties of the Omegas, found within Emu Oil, help to soothe inflammation.
Q: What does emu meat taste like?
A: With more protein and less calories and sodium than most other red meat, emu meat is similar in taste and texture to lean beef.
Q: What is the best way to cook emu meat?
A: Since emu meat is low fat and looses moisture quickly, it is best when cooked to rare or medium rare doneness (145 to 160 F internal temperature as measured by a meat thermometer). For those who prefer meat that is well done, a moist heat cooking method is recommended.
Q: What cuts of emu meat are the tenderest?
A: The tenderest cuts are the select cuts that include the fan, top loin, and inside strip. Select cuts of emu meat adapt well to nearly any recipe. Because of its mild flavor, emu meat accepts most seasonings. It responds especially well to sweet marinades made with honey, soy sauce, ginger, lemon juice and garlic. Grilling on a barbecue after marinating is the best way to bring out the succulent taste of emu meat.
Q: What is National Emu Week (N.E.W.) and when is your OPEN HOUSE?
A: National Emu Week (N.E.W.) is a 9 day period, starting the the first Saturday in May through the second Sunday in May, that is set aside to educate the public about the emu industry.
Q: When is your on-farm store open?
Sugar Maple Emu Farm Store, located on our emu farm at W805 Pedee Rd, Brodhead, WI,, will hold an OPEN HOUSE in May on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend from 9:30am-4:30pm.
Farm Tours will be given on the hour and half hour. All Emu Oil Products will be available along with Painted Eggs, Emu Leather Products, Jewelry and Emu Meat samples for tasting. There will be in-store specials and door prizes.
The on-farm store is open most days by appointment from May 1 - October 30.
Click here for "more information on National Emu Week" or check our EVENTS page. Call or e-mail for more information.
A: Sugar Maple Emu Farm's on-farm store, "the Emu Store", is open seasonally (we are here most days by appointment) from May 1st through October 31st.
Q: How long are your Farm Tours?
Click on EVENTS, then Farm Tours for more information or clik here to "Contact Us"
Call or e-mail to make an appointment
A: Farm Tours are available (by appointment) most days from May 1st - October 31st. Tours start with a 15 minute video and then a trip to the emu pens. The tour finishes back in the emu store. Most tours last from 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours depending on how many questions are asked and how long visitors look around the emu store.
Q: Does Sugar Maple Emu Farm have a Facebook Page?
For more information go to the EVENTS page, then click on Farm Tours.
A: Yes, we have a "Sugar Maple Emus" Facebook Page. "LIKE" us at: Sugar Maple Emus