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City Chickens
When I was about 6 my Dad decided that it would be interesting to have some animals around. I think that having grownup on the farm he saw the importance of it. So since we lived in the suburbs Dad decided not to get chickens, but instead to get quail. Quail don't get delivered live like chickens do, they come as eggs and you have to hatch them. I still remember my Mom getting me out of bed at some ungodly hour of the morning because the quail weren't going to wait for morning.

I didn't know anything about quail and expected them to be quite large, but they never did, they stayed very small, not much bigger than a coffee cup on legs. We kept them right in the basement in a cage on a table. I have pictures of me on a pedal tractor in the basement with two or three quail in the trailer. Then there were the eggs, each one was just a little bigger than a peanut M&M, it took about 40 to make scrambled eggs for one. But the quail did provide, I think we had maybe 20 birds, maybe 15 females and each one must have made 10 eggs a day!

Later on when I got older we raised chickens also, but thats another story.

Curt Raymond, from MA, entered 2000-03-10

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