Upon finding that chickens were illegal, I've been trying to get them legalized, but I'm impatient. I can't just get chickens anyway in this area, since we have a nasty neighbor who'd report us at the drop of a hat if they found we had chickens. So as a sort of alternative or 'getting started', I began looking at quails, research produced that while we can't have chickens, we CAN have quail. What I'm asking here, is what advice do you have that is commonly overlooked? Or advice in general I'm doing a lot of research before actually getting any birds, since I want to make sure I'm prepared. Starting from square one, as I've never raised birds or any animal before. I understand it takes a long time and a lot of effort and dedication, and I know that with quails, it isn't uncommon for eggs not to hatch or for the chicks not to make it, even with care taken. Raising mostly for eggs, as i'm not sure I have the stomach to harvest for meat. Will see though. I'm not giving up on chickens, even though I may be getting quail!