I was perusing the internet for quail facts because I am starting my "quail breeding operation" and I want facts to give to potential customers in the future that want hatching eggs or birds for food reasons. This is what I found, tell me if any of it is incorrect please Quail: Birth to laying= 24oz of feed. Laying to Full Size= 19.2oz of feed Birth to Full Size= 2.7lbs/bird, which is about $0.97 worth of feed, @ $0.35/lb (Purina) Chicken: Birth to laying= 770oz of feed Laying to Full Size= 350oz of feed Birth to Full Size= 70lbs/bird, which is about $16.8 worth of feed, @ $0.24/lb (Purina) So for the time and space of raising 1 chicken to laying age, you can have 4 quail, laying for 17 weeks, yielding ~272 eggs. If you then ate all of the birds, they would yield 0.8lb of meat, containing 100g of protein, costing you $3.88 total in feed. The single chicken would produce nothing in that time, cost you $16.80 in feed, and after all that, you'd get 274g of Protein out of your average 3.3lb chicken. (Dressed and cleaned. We'll fudge the bones for simplicity's sake) So the chicken is winning right? Yeah, until you toss in the ~272 eggs, @ 1g of protein each. Add the 100g of quail meat, and you're @ 372g vs 274, or the quail are %30 more efficient @ converting food into edible protein, and cost you 1/4 the $$ in the process.