Updating my thread:
So they should be 6-7 weeks old now (give or take). So I'll be looking to see if they start laying here in the next week or so. I'm getting 13 hours of natural light (like I mentioned in my other thread) so I've got a 15W bulb to add a couple more hours. I'll see if that's enough and adjust accordingly.
I did separate them into a 3:1 ratio in two 2x2 cages. I can add another hen if necessary but they seem to be quite content. Every so often I'll put them on the grass so they can peck at the ground and such. They seem to enjoy that.
I tried a DIY incubator but it was getting too warm so I went ahead and purchased an incubator. It's a Yosoo 10 (chicken) egg incubator. Got it on Amazon as it had a 4.5 star rating and reviewers seemed to like it just fine. We'll see how many quail eggs it will hold. I'd like to be able to do like 20 or so at a time so we'll see how that works out. It's ready to go when they start laying.
I have a large plastic tote to use as a brooder when the time comes. I may or may not need a light to heat it up depending on how my patio or garage works out. As I understand, you want to start at about 95F and drop it like 5F a week or so. I may be hitting that without an issue without having a continuous heat source going but I'll see how that goes when the time comes.
I've added a dirt bath and man do they really enjoy that!
I'll be adding a separate side dish with crushed egg shell when I see them start laying. I've been getting a supply of it ready.
Does anyone use the droppings in their garden? If so, do you add it straight in or do you do something to it first. I've 'heard' that it could burn the plants but wanted to hear some first-hand info from those that use it. Currently I use the rabbit manure and worm castings but if I can add this then I will. Advice welcome.
And thoughts, comments and suggestions welcome on everything I've posted. I've learned a lot and look forward to continuing that. Thanks.