WHY REGISTER?

Protecting ratite genetic diversity

The world has a very small pool of domestic ratites.  This group of flightless birds consists of emu, ostrich, and rhea.  There are import bans and wildlife restrictions that prevent adding more birds to the domestic population.  This has essentially created a closed gene pool.  It is important to ensure that our ratites remain healthy by tracing lineage and preventing close relatives from inbreeding.  Birds that are closely related can produce offspring that are at risk of genetic malformations.

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ABOUT OUR FOUNDERS

Our founders are a group of ratite owners and breeders that were concerned about our dwindling domestic ratite gene pool.  Their solution was the creation of the International Ratite Registry.  This public registry allows breeders to trace the ancestry of their ratites prior to making important breeding decisions.

Our president is a veterinarian with a special interest in genetic and environmental disease processes.  By establishing a registry, the veterinary community will have a valuable resource to help improve ratite medicine and husbandry.

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CREATING A RESOURCE TO FIND REPUTABLE BREEDERS NEAR YOU

The IRR maintains a public emu, ostrich, and rhea breeder database.  This database allows prospective owners to easily find reputable breeders in their area.  One of the biggest hurdles to ratite ownership is finding a place to purchase birds or hatching eggs.  New owners can feel more confident that they are making a smart purchase by searching for our verified breeders.  Verified breeders are those with at least 10 birds registered from their farm across a minimum of 3 different owners.  This helps to prevent fraud which unfortunately is common in our industry.