I read this post over on floridahillbilly.com about raising Coturnix Quail and I'm seriously thinking about raising some of these birds.
They don't make a whole lot of noise as compared to chickens, and I like the fact that they don't have freakish feet like the chickens did. I can probably handle them without the fear I had for the chickens. The two chickens we had were a lot of fun, but only because I figured out how to get around handling them. I lured them back to their coop with cherry tomatoes. Worked like a charm. But boy their feet were terrifying!
The quail wouldn't be running around the yard like the chickens did so no worries about the resident wildlife snatching them away. They'd strictly live in our coop.
I also like the idea that they're fast growing birds. Hatchling to the dinner plate in 7 to 8 weeks and you get eggs starting at about 4-1/2 to 5 weeks! Pretty amazing really.
We both love to eat quail so it seems like a win-win.
The eggs are ridiculously small, but with just the two of us, that would be fine. They are known to be prolific egg layers. It takes 3 quail eggs to equal a chicken egg. Our two black australorps were such good layers (a dozen eggs a week!) we had to give away lots of eggs because we just couldn't eat that many eggs. So the small eggs might just work perfectly for us.
Overall, quail seem to be the best option. I might try to hunt down some quail chicks or eggs on Saturday. I'd like to start with 6 and see what happens. Worst case - I could just eat them in 7 to 8 weeks!