So you want a backyard protein source, eh? AWESOME!!! Backyard chickens are the gateway to raising your own food. Plus they are hugely and unexpectedly entertaining :) Oh, don’t have the yard, neighbors, or rules for chicken raisin’? Enter quail! Hal and I are long-time chickenistas. We got started in Costa Rica in 2009 with 3 chickens. When we moved back to the states in 2010, we got backyard chickens right away. Honest, you get addicted to having them around! All they really do is eat, poop and lay eggs, but they do all that with a quirkiness that is endearing.