These birds are currently under the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game. Permits are required for their possession and propagation for commercial purposes only. Contact the Fisheries and Wildlife through the Department of Fish and Game at 617-626-1575.

However, all Ratites that enter the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must originate from a salmonella pullorum-typhoid tested flock and be accompanied by a NPIP/VS 9-3 form issued by the state of origin.

The Department of Agricultural Resources may review paperwork for consistency with National Poultry Improvement Plan Standards (NPIP).