If you are ever in the situation where you are asked to capture an emu, it would be smart for you to understand the basics for the safety of yourself and the bird. Breeders and veterinarians may have to transport the large birds from time to time and based on the large size of the bird, a large trailer is required. Capturing an emu to load into a trailer is not an easy task, but it can be achieved with patience and skill and the help of an assistant.
Focus on the task at hand and try to stay as calm as possible. Refrain from acting like you are scared of the animal. Prepare yourself by asking for the help of an assistant. Wear thick leather gloves.2
Manipulate the emu into a corner or against a fence by slowly walking close behind it. Capture the emu by gently getting a hold on its two small wings. Position one hand across its back while applying downward pressure. Place the other hand around the side of the emu to get a grip on the soft skin area between the legs and hard area of the breast plate. Act gentle but be firm with the animal at the same time. Ask for help holding the bird if you are struggling.3
Position yourself behind the emu and pull the bird as close to your body as possible. Position the backside of the emu between your thighs to gain control of the animal. Manipulate the position of the bird so that it can remain firmly pressed against your body.4
Instruct your assistant to open the door or gate of the transport trailer. Walk slowly and carefully with the bird to the trailer.5
Lift the backside of the emu as quickly as possible and push the bird firmly into the trailer. Close the gate or door as fast as possible so that the emu does not escape. Prepare yourself to exit the trailer quickly because the bird will also want to exit and can do so very quickly. Be sure the emu is secure for the trip.