There are so many possibilities of what you can raise on a farm. My choice is to raise a bunch o' stuff. I have enjoyed raising chickens ad even a turkey in the past but in looking forward that may not be my "main bird". A few weeks ago my son suggested that I look into Japanese quail. As he explained and as I researched quail provided a fast growing protein source. Quail hens are from hatch to maturity in about 6 weeks. That means you have this fabulously tiny bite sized eggs and/or small birds a bit smaller than a Cornish hen. The idea sounded like a great solution. So my planning began for an experiment of quail raising. I googled (of course) and checked out a few (meaning a lot) of you tube videos on hatching, raising, housing and butchering quail. And then I was ready! This week was officially the week and Monday was the day! I found a farmer named Tim who had a nice variety of the Japanese quail in various ages. I took a ride to the lower edge of the metro area to a 15 acre farm. He took me around to see all his chickens, quail, goats and dogs. I picked out a starter flock of 5-6 week old quails including 3 laying (or almost laying) hens and 1 rooster. I also got 8 additional chicks between 1/2 - 1 1/2 week old. They are little, very little and oh so cute!. I fashioned some cages and was very pleased with my ingenuity and managed another $20 buck project. By 2.30am Tuesday morning they were situated for the night. I awoke (to go get more supplies and waterers (say oh yeah! for a dark-thirty morning Home Depot run) and when I did the morning check I was rewarded with a nice fresh quail egg. By the time I returned home and by noon on Tuesday they were all in their new cages. I got to watch the babies and the new flock of adult birds today while I worked from home. It was interesting to see how quiet and docile the birds are, even the brood of babies. And to top off the evening I was rewarded by another egg. Day 1 as a quail farmer and 2 eggs! I actually had another egg but the shell was very soft and the birds cracked it. That means all 3 of the hens are laying! Quail might just be one thing that will be a regular part of the farm!