Harepathstead Poultry, Westwood, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3DF
For a wide range of poultry - geese, ducks, bantams and point of lay chickens
01404 - 823 415

Harepathstead Poultry

Young birds available September 2014 - price £65.00 each



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What is a Rhea?
The rhea comes from the same family of birds as the ostrich and emu. They are a large flightless bird that runs fast but can not fly. Unlike the ostrich there are no restrictions imposed by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act.
Rheas are easy to keep, they are friendly endearing and inquisitive, sheep fencing is adequate and the adults are not at risk from foxes.

Why keep Rhea?
The Rhea provides ultra low-fat red meat which is very good to eat. It's fat content being only 1% the best parts being similiar to fillet steak.
Rhea meat is classified within EU regulations as Farmed Game and is gaining in popularity in this country.

The breeding season is from mid-March to the end of August. During this time the male birds display as shown above and make a loud humming call. Hens lay their eggs at various spots around the field. The male makes hollows in the ground and will rake the eggs into the nest. It is the male rhea who sits on the eggs.


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rhea Eggs shown above surrounding a chicken egg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Hatching and Rearing Rhea Chicks

Eggs can be incubated in your existing Chicken Incubators and hatched successfully by simply lowering the temperature to 36.2C.

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Chicks are great fun, they look like tiny dinosaurs!

Available September - £65.00 each

Hatching Eggs in the Spring
£15.00 each

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