Well after finding out that a hatchery I've bought from in the past had a salmonella outbreak the last couple years (which scared me because I was going to order ducklings either this spring or next), I have to share some thoughts about why I LOVE quail. First of all, to those of you new to quail or those of you wondering why we raise quail in the first place, here is a reason to like them... they don't get salmonella due to their increased content of lysozyme, which resists infections by killing harmful bacteria. You could eat quail eggs raw if you really wanted to! Still not satisfied? The oriental (where Coturnix and Chinese Painted quail originally came from) have used quail eggs in medicine for years. The Chinese have proven that eating quail eggs regularly can help to treat diabetes, anemia, stomach ulcers, tuberculosis, gall stones and even asthma, among many others. They have been used in hair and skin products as well since they help fight skin conditions, as well as strengthen hair. Despite their small size, their eggs are loaded with vitamins! There is 140% vitamin B1 packed in those tiny little eggs while a large chicken egg only has 50%. They are often used as a natural way to increase metabolism and immunity. Plus, if you have an allergy to chicken eggs, you can still eat quail eggs. See? Good things DO come in small packages! Soooooo... I'm still thinking about whether or not I am going to get more ducklings... as for quail, on the other hand, I've got 40 eggs in the bator right now Love my quail!