By Diane Ako
If you are an urban gardener, I would like your take on this: How hard are Japanese quails to raise as pets? I've seen some on Craigslist and - as my regular readers have discerned by now - I'm an animal lover.
I was having dinner with a friend and former colleague, Stacy Loe. I told her I wanted to get quail. "For dinner?" she asked. Perfectly reasonable logic, but she realized the miscommunication when I responded with my mouth agape. We had a laugh.
I would like to buy two, maybe three to raise as pets and to have for eggs. I don't have a lot of space in or outside, but I read that they don't need a lot of space. Are they high maintenance?
I joke with Claus that if I get tired of them we could eat them. It's actually not a joke, it's a selling point in many of the websites that sell or discuss quail farming!
My friend and her family bought five chicks that they would like to raise for the same purpose. My friends have a slightly larger house (inside and out!) and could easily put a roost in their yard for the chickens.
I went over to look at the chicks. Oh, man, they're cute. I'm tempted again to buy the quail. Who has any experience with them?