I have never raised quail but I would like to get some eggs to hatch and raise. My main purpose is for eggs and meat. Mainly just eggs, but I realize that there will be extra males so they will go to the freezer. What do I know? I should add that I have been raising chickens for about 15 years or so, so im not completely clueless. I know that you shouldnt raise quail and chickens together. I was thinking that the cotournix is what will be the best for eggs and meat. I was also thinking of raising some bobwhites to release for hunting on my property (I know the DNR regs on this, have done it with pheasants). Will the cotournix and bobwhites get along long enough for the bobwhites to feather out? At about what age to cotournix start to lay? Are they the best for egg production? At what rate do they lay? What is their life expectancy? will the same laying mix that I feed my chickens be ok for the quail? Will chick starter be ok to start them on? Do they need laying boxes for eggs? Any information is appriciated.