Hello, I have read that quail have a better feed to meat value than chickens, but I would like to know if the Backyard Chickens community agrees with this before I get too invested in additional birds. I already have Texas A&M White quail and I'm trying to decide whether to increase this flock or whether I would be better off phasing them out and switching over to Orpington chickens. (As far as game birds, I'm only interested in the Texas Whites due to a preference for white meat. The only chicken breed I am interested in is Orpington because they are good for meat and eggs, good mothers, and just because they are my favorite.) Here are the main factors I have thought of so far, when comparing Orpingtons to Texas White Quail: -Assuming that the birds will be fed a diet made up entirely of commercial feed, I can get 24% protein chicken feed for $12 per 50 lb bag or 28% protein gamebird feed for $17 per 50 lb bag. -I would be raising new birds from eggs, only purchasing new chicks or hatching eggs when necessary to avoid inbreeding -I would plan to purchase a freezer and process birds at the optimal age -For quail, I would need to invest in automatic egg turners -For quail, I would be spending time, electricity, and heat bulbs on brooding -For Orpingtons, would the hens just hatch and brood chicks on their own? Can they do this year round? -With an insulated, well enclosed area to covey in, can quail (or chickens) make it through the Indiana winter, or would either of these guys need heat lamps? If there is a clear answer whether chickens or quail are going to be the better value, I can start planning out housing and such. Thanks so much for your time!