I feel like this should go in the "other fowl" section, but it's broken up by type and I'm interested in all types, so I thought I'd open the topic here in the meat birds section. I have a very small backyard and a flock of two chickens that I want to increase to four. I live in the city in Portland, so I can't have a true breeding operation. I've never done meat birds, but I have a shiny new deep freeze and a burning desire to not eat store-bought meat anymore. So I've had the idea in my head for a few years now that I should breed meat birds. The husband wanted to do chickens and just eat the cockerels before they crow and get us into trouble, but I'm kind of partial to the idea of other fowl that don't crow, so that I could have a permanent breeding installation. At the pumpkin patch last month, I saw chukar partridges for the first time, and let me tell you, I've never seen a tastier-looking bird! But I've never eaten fowl besides chicken and duck. I honestly did not like duck at all, and I don't like the mess and smell they make, not to mention the need to give them a pool. Ducks seem to take up a lot of room that I don't have. I was thinking of something that could endure confinement in a reasonably sized coop. I dig the idea of quail eggs, but I've never eaten quail, like I mentioned. I'm basically just looking for a rating of the pros and cons for birds like quail, guinea fowl, peafowl, pheasants, and partridges.