Quail or chicken? which one?
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I have seen each-anywhere from free to hundreds of dollars. Better? I've had both. There is no "better". It all depends on what you want.
How much room do you have?
Are you looking for fun or meat/eggs?
Is it a pet you're hoping for?
Or do you want something to look at and not touch?
Edited by nchls school - 2/14/16 at 10:20am
I live in los angeles socal. and my house are less than 20sq feet though with other houses. It's pretty much neighbors next to.. with other houses. I'm afraid I will be reported. I am currently raising chicks. They run around my big big garden. They are going to Pets. I love them. I got my quail at downtown la. I thought it was a chicken I made a mistake. I was hoping to change my quail for a chick for the same value ) so that it
With neighbors so close, quail might be the best option. Roosters are not an option with people so close. If it is chickens that you'd like, consider serama bantams (the smallest chicken breed in the world). Mine are quite quiet and I do not think your neighbors would have a problem with them. I also live in town.
Quail will start laying eggs at 6-8 weeks and you can expect 6-7 eggs a week from them. The eggs also taste better and the quail are quieter than chickens.
I've got 8 chickens and I've had chickens for 3 years now, but after eating quail (which you can do as early as 5 weeks) I'm seriously considering graduating my chickens and going nuts with quail.
We're not allowed to have chickens in my city, but Japanese quail are allowed, so that's another consideration, especially if you're worried about neighbours.
Good luck and have fun.