We have chickens already (that's what got us all here to begin with, right? ) and we've thought about getting rabbits for meat. Well, we live in the high desert of Southern California, which has very cold winters and VERY hot summers (winter lows in the teens, summer highs commonly 100+). Even the shade can be 90+. Well, I found out bunnies don't like heat, so I guess that is out. So what other small animals are good for meat? (and not too loud) We live on a half acre in a semi-rural area that tries to be a small city. We are surrounded by other 1/2 to 3/4 acre lots, so noise is an issue. Our zoning is bizarre...we are allowed 4 dogs OR 3 dogs and a pot-bellied pig. Weird, but definitely better than many areas I have heard about. We are allowed other "farm" animals except bohemiths such as cows (except for educational purposes...again, bizarre!).