My kids adore quail eggs, due in large part to their gorgeous brown speckles and miniature size (they were convinced that they must have chocolate inside the first time they had them).
It occurred to me the other day while I was boiling some for breakfast that I might be able to get away with keeping quail as pets. I found this article on the Cityfarmer website about raising them in the city. I wouldn't be raising them for meat, but most of the information still applies.
They are apparently very quiet and easy to clean up after (because their waste is solid) - what I don't know is, how many quail would it take to keep the four of us in fresh eggs? They're so cute that it isn't at all a stretch to imagine keeping them as pets.
Does anyone have any experience with these birds that they'd be willing to share?