Somerville Egg Farm has three new family members and they couldn’t be cuter or quirkier. Eddy No Toes, Esmeralda and Eugenie the emus have been on the farm for about three months since being rescued from an elderly couple in Gisborne who couldn’t look after them anymore. Linda Napolitano loves her new ‘odd’ additions. “They are beautiful animals. The females make this drumming noise while the male remains silent. They are very curious and don’t think anything of coming up to you to see what’s going on. Of course, food is a huge motivator. They’ll peck at anything but mainly eat the feed we give the chooks. It’s hilarious when the chickens are pecking around their feet and legs. They look like they’re walking on hot coals. They are pretty wacky.”
Eddy No Toes (he doesn’t have any talons), Esmeralda and Eugenie have slotted in nicely to farm life. There’s the shelter in the middle of the paddock that they never use — preferring to get some shut-eye somewhere on the perimeter or near a tree — and the bizarre attraction to blonde-haired people. Linda continues. “They’re not aggressive at all but seem to prefer blondes. They go up to them in search of food — and yes, they do peck, but it doesn’t hurt.”
Searching through the scrub for anything they can find is a big pastime, a bit of kicking and the occasional run. There is plenty of space at Somerville Egg Farm for getting some exercise. “We walk around the perimeter every day to check the fences to keep the chooks safe from foxes and are finding emu feathers on the ground. I’ve given them to a pottery artist who has singed them and placed them into pots so we’ll have something to remind us of them for ever. I just love them.”
If you’d like to meet some of Australia’s largest native birds that are related to the ostrich, drop by Somerville Egg Farm in Moorooduc to meet the three Es.