I have never had them bit oh they sound good! And they dont seem to hard to raise etc. I have been wanting to get more into the self sufficency regarding our food here. ATM it is just DH and myself and the cats for the most part. Chickens are in the back garden for eggs and cuteness Possibly this year if I can swing it, or maybe next, get some meat chickens for us. I am planning to have DH build me some raises gardens boxes so I can grow some fruits/veggies for us too. I am also toying with the idea of a few meat rabbits as well...but DH doesnt care for them much, I however do love it. Now seeing the quail... it seems this might work well with my plans as well! Got to love a stuffed freezer I have been lurking a bit in this forum y'see So tell me, are they noisy like my hens are? Only seen one or two links to the sounds they make and I dont know if they sound like normal birdsong or if they are "loud". See, I live in a suburb...the neighbors have gotten used to the girls, cos they are mostly quiet except for when they lay, I keep the outdoor pen and coop as clean and non smelling as I possibly can, and I hand out eggs etc. But I dont want to totally get over my head by getting quail too So what can you do with the eggs? I can assume from my reading that they dont brood well, so the eggs would be fertile but to hatch them you would need an incubator. I also assume that since they are so little. they arent much more than a few bites? How many quail per person? And, what is the real difference ibetween the partridge/bobwhite/courtrix? Seems they are similar...are they kept same way? Living here in the Pacific NW, is there anything special I would need to take care of them? I am so tempted.... looks like I probably could get a few rabbit hutches set up. I would have to do some major predator fixing up on them tho I think cos of the coons we have atm. Can they be outside year round in this area? And, do they need direct sunlight? We have a lot of trees in our back garden, and hens get most of the sunlight that lands, and in the afternoon where it falls we were going to put our garden stuff. We have a lot of open area but its a bit more shaded... So many questions....and one of the biggest is "how do I talk DH into getting more birds? lol"