I'm a meat rabbit breeder looking to get out of rabbits and into quail instead. Trying to get myself educated enough to get the switch done by March or April this year. Are there any tips or tricks or general knowledge that you could share with a total newbie? I'm particularly interested in feeding them 100% organically and giving them as natural and enjoyable a life as possible. Do you think I could convert my rabbit hutches to be quail dwellings, or should I sell those and start from scratch? I built my rabbit hutches, so it wouldn't be difficult to make a quail suited abode, but I do like to recycle where I can. ;) What sort of flooring is best for quail? What sort of things stress quail out (has anyone "tractored" them, or would that be a big no-no?)? How many quail would I have to raise in order to have meat and eggs for a family of 5 (say we ate it 2-4 times a month)? Does anyone here have knowledge of decent butchering methods for quail? (I apologize if this is a sensitive topic for anyone, but I would rather do it well than badly, if you know what I mean!)
Many thanks for any wisdom you care to share!