Coturnix? Chickens? Turkeys? I'm just curious. I read an interesting interview with a woman named Carol Deppe, who's life work is promoting self-sufficient food production. She claims that the most efficient crops for the very small scale farmer interested in feeding themselves are potatoes, dry corn, dry beans, squash, and eggs: http://www.grist.org/article/2010-10-18-food-deppe-resilent-garden-/ It got me thinking -- which poultry species would be the most efficient in terms of converting feed to meat? Especially in small spaces or on a small scale? Somehow, I'm kind of thinking that Coturnix have a lot going for them in this respect -- while individually small, you can fit an awful lot of them in a relatively small space. They lay eggs very quickly, so you can be sort of self-sufficient in hatching them with a good incubator. They don't seem to eat all that much, although they do require more expensive food than chickens (higher protein, so it costs more). Anyone have any thoughts on this? PS -- my babies are safe, I'm not contemplating eating them, just an academic exercise at this point.