Those "silkies" might be something I'll try next spring. Do you have a hen-house for them, or do they just live around your yard? How big are they? I was going to order some quail eggs in the spring, and get a small flock of those around the place too. I think maybe I need a bird dog. The two we have now are lazy house mutts.
The cool thing about pigeons is you can let them loose after a few months, and they'll fly around in the day, but come back to roost. I imagine you could keep quail pretty tame by raising and fedding them around your house.