I have wondered this for a long time as I see in auctions lots of quail and they are very popular. I own chickens. The eggs are a normal decent size for eating and so is the bird. I know people hunt and eat wild quail but I never have. There seems to be many beautiful varieties and colors. So do you raise and breed them to eat? release to hunt? pets like parakeets? eye candy? or all the above? My husband still doesn't understand why I raise chickens so I totally respect quail raisers it's just that I don't know anyone personally who raise them to ask and the question is from ignorance. Just getting educated I guess. Then when I see Quail eggs selling I'll know why. I'm sure it is a source of income for some. The eggs I'm sure are edible but so tiny. Do they wrap each egg in bubble wrap when they ship? Some auctions are for 100 eggs! I'm baffled.