4. Ratites

  1. Laurie J. Gage DVM1 and
  2. Rebecca S. Duerr DVM2
  1. Dale A. Smith

Published Online: 10 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470376393.ch4

Hand-Rearing Birds

Hand-Rearing Birds

How to Cite

Gage, L. J. and Duerr, R. S. (2007) Ratites, in Hand-Rearing Birds, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470376393.ch4

Author Information

  1. 1

    Served as the Director of Veterinary Services for Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo, California

  2. 2

    Received her BS in Marine Biology from San Francisco State University and her DVM from the University of California Davis

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 10 SEP 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813806662

Online ISBN: 9780470376393



  • ratites;
  • flightless birds;
  • incubation of bird eggs;
  • hatching;
  • nutritional deficiencies


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Natural History

  • Criteria for Intervention

  • Record Keeping

  • Incubation of Eggs

  • Hatching, Initial Care, and Stabilization

  • Common Medical Problems and Solutions

  • Diet and Feeding Procedures

  • Expected Weight Gain

  • Housing

  • Weaning

  • Preparation for Socialization or Introduction to Captive Flock

  • Acknowledgments

  • Sources for Products Mentioned

  • References