So, I'm a thirty year old mother of two stay at home mom, living on 5 acres in CA... and ALL of my friends here seem to think I'm some sort of freak... First because I decided to raise chickens for eggs and eventually meat... "how can you kill something that you raised" and "Why, you can just buy eggs at the store..." and now because I'm taking up the STRANGE hobby of raising quail for meat and eggs... Everyone I know besides my parents and my hubbies gradparents are rolling their eyes at me like I'm some sort of freak and it's getting REALLY old!!! My chickens are not yet giving us eggs, but I'm sorely tempted to be bitter and not share with those who act like I'm some sort of mutant for wanting to contribute what I can to my family the best that I can while I'm home, and eat more healthy foods! Plus I'm working on getting a vegetable garden going so that I can grow most of our families produce and store it year round until next years harvest. everyone seems to think thats strange too. Then if I even talk about getting a couple of pigs to raise for meat... I'm the meanest person in the world because pigs are so smart and become pets so easily... Mind you none of my friends will blink at eating a piece of ham or bacon, and don't consider in the least what that animal has gone through before slaughter... *sigh* Maybe it's the age group of people I'm talking to, maybe it's californians... I don't know. Just need to know that I'm not a freak please!!!