Comparative Growth Characteristics of Emus
The objective of this study is to model the growth process, derive growth parameters in emus, compare the parameters using broilers as a benchmark, and identify opportunities to improve the efficiency of emu production. The mature weights of emus were estimated to be 49.5 kg, and broilers were estimated to be 4.6 kg. Lifetime absolute growth rate of emus was 68.4 g/d, and they matured 12.5 times slower than broilers. Inflection age and weight were 105 d and 9.8 kg, respectively, for emus and 36 d and 1.67 kg, respectively, for broilers.