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 Post subject: Australian Farmers
PostPosted: Thu 10 Oct, 2013 4:12 pm 
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Could you farm koalas? How about Emus? As long as its not a battery emu farm.


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 Post subject: Re: Australian Farmers
PostPosted: Fri 11 Oct, 2013 7:31 am 
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According to 'Guns, Germs and Steel', people couldn't farm emus, in the past, because you couldnt fence them in with the technology of the time, and you couldn't farm koalas because they are highly solitary and don't play well with other koalas


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 Post subject: Re: Australian Farmers
PostPosted: Sat 12 Oct, 2013 12:13 pm 
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What special qualities does an emu enclosure require?

I was thinking about this a little more and wondering if it might have more to do with a lack of animals able to be driven in herds. Though if there are no annals able to be easily enclosed that line of thought is moot.


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 Post subject: Re: Australian Farmers
PostPosted: Sun 13 Oct, 2013 4:03 am 
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Im guessing that emus can jump really really high. It would be hard to make a fence high enough.


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 Post subject: Re: Australian Farmers
PostPosted: Mon 21 Oct, 2013 1:40 am 
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A quick google image search seems to indicate that the fences don't need to be too high. Maybe between 2-3 meters.


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 Post subject: Re: Australian Farmers
PostPosted: Mon 21 Oct, 2013 10:48 am 
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That's pretty hard for people with basic stone tools. Fencing a lot big enough to hold emus would take much lumber and even more no-how


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 Post subject: Re: Australian Farmers
PostPosted: Fri 25 Oct, 2013 3:56 am 
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With those limitations, a better design would use only a few timber supports and a rope or mesh fence. There are some permanent dwellings in aboriginal history, mostly based around an aquatic lifestyle, and I would assume fencing would be easier to construct than a large permanent dwelling, some of which were raised to protect from flooding.


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