First Post! Here we go! I am a Agriculture Teacher at a High School, I have been working here for 3 years and have been a developing a quail production facility in our livestock room. In our production we go through everything from hatching the eggs in our incubator, raising them in brooders, and managing them in breeding pens, then start the cycle all over again. One of the super cool things about this program is that we actually link up with our Commercial Foods cooking class, our Animal Science class raises and cares for the birds till maturity, and then they are properly harvested and given to the foods class to cook. I love this because it shows the two classes every step from "farm to plate" and that really is my job in a nut shell. But in the past year I have had some negative kick back from the students about eating quail. The students have a hard time getting around the fact that its not chicken, which is actually baffling to me because quail is amazing. But, needless to say, they are teenagers and it's hard to change their minds. Here in lies the problem; I have all of the facilities to raise quail, but none of the end desire. My first thought to fix this problem is to raise bantam chickens, that way we can advertise them as chicken, because they are, and maybe I wont have as much negativity from the students. So here comes the questions: 1. At what age does a bantam start laying eggs? We only have about 9 months and with quail we usually can do a couple of generations of breeding. 2. We have the following facilities for our quail from GQF: Breeding Pens: http://www.gqfmfg.com/breeding-pens/0315-15-section-quail-battery-breeding-pen/ Brooder/Growth Pens: http://www.gqfmfg.com/brooders/0703-brooder-poultry-2-expanded-grow-pens/ Given the sizes of these facilities would they accommodate bantam chickens? I am mostly worried about the breeding pens. With quail we put one bird per pen at night and put breeding pairs together during the day. 3. Any suggestions on what specific bantam breeds? 4. If changing from quail to bantams is not possible, any suggestions? Thanks in advance!!!