I have been hunting around on craigslist for a good deal on eggs. I posted recently about bf and I going completely away from the grocery store. We will be getting all our food from the farmers market or local farmers. I found an ad that had a great price 5$ for 50 eggs! They sell them for 2$ for 8 at the local asian market. I contacted the person and he said the following (responding to my question about if they were free range)
The eggs come from Jumbo Coturnix, Tuxedo, Texas A&M and Golden speckeled Quail. All of my birds are fed Layena bird food. They are not free range but do have plenty of room to live. "
I would also need to travel for an hour total to get them via public transit. What do you think? It would add some variety in nutrition, seems like a great deal (with farmers market chicken eggs averaging 7$ a dozen).
Does this sound like someones pets? Any thoughts? Im tempted to do it twice a month or something..
I would go there and check out the premises - if it is not allowed, I would probably steer clear. A two hour round trip could be a pain but it could also be a positive investigation, and the price sounds amazing. I would also research the feed of the birds.
Might not be all that bad considering the time of year, most places where quail reside natually--I can see them outside my window during the day--they can't be eating much in the way of insect forage and have to be subsisting on seeds and such. Probably not much different than commercial feed. Given the price it may not be a bad deal at all. But obviously free range chickens might be a better--read healthier--option, although I doubt that even they can reasonably obtain enough nutrients to produce eggs this time of year without some kind of augmentation in the form of commercial feed.