I _believe_ - don't quote me on this - that someone in Victoria used to raise them for eating ... ?
The main hassle with raising them, that I can see, is those enormous mounds (is that the same crittur?) they need to incubate the eggs. You'd never be able to breed them just for the unfertilised eggs, I don't think, and you'd need a lot of space to breed them.
But given their apparent size, it makes a lot of sense to raise them.
I've been thinking about this sort of thing a lot lately, actually. For eg, if I have a flock of maned ducks on my property and I start raising and eating them, am I breaking the law? If so, why? And how do I go about making native, non-endangered animals such as wild versions of creatures domesticated overseas (ducks and geese in particular, but also turkeys, quail, etc) legal for raising and eating?
I've just bought myself a copy of Tukka, by Jean-Paul Bruneteau, who appears to have pioneered bush tucker restaurants in the late 70s and 80s in Sydney, and he speaks of the Cape Barren and Magpie Goose industry as on the way to well-established, as well as the wallaby and kangaroo. What happened? Is it eay for me to get Cape Barren Goose?
I shall make it my purpose to find out.
Can people in the various capital cities find out what native game birds they can get around the place and let us know where? For eg, I got emu in the Vic Markets with NO hassles; one week's notice, same as any other game bird. And it was whole and cost the same as any other bird.
I can do that in Sydney - and heaven knows, I tried.
But now I'll look for other birds.