Hi everyone, Been lurking a little bit in this section for the last few days, and thanks to all you fine folks here, DH and I are also now interested in getting a few quail for our little backyard farm. I have a couple of questions for the experienced folk here: 1) What are the best breeds of quail for beginners? 2) How many quail should one start with? 3) Do you need a mix of males/females? 4) When I was younger, I remember eating some delicious quail eggs as a "delicacy". What about for every-day eating/cooking? 5) What are their egg-laying habits? (Fairly prolific? Laying season or year-round or ???). Also, anything anybody wants to post about their quail, any pics, stories, personality traits of the birds, how you got started, what we would need to get started, etc., would be great. We are thinking to just get a couple (we already got eaten alive with chicken math, don't wanna fall into the same trap with quail math). Oh, one more thing... when I was a kid, it was illegal to hunt, kill, or eat quail in California because it's the state bird & you could only eat the eggs, or at least that's the story my dysFUNctional parents told me. I hear quail is good eats, tho. Is it only wild quail in California that you cannot kill/eat, or were my parents as full of hooey about that as they were about everything else? Thanks in advance!