Just thought I'd share my first experience as a small quail owner.
My coop is 13x10 and made to house other things than quails down the road. But for now it's quails so I have two compartment about 20 inches by 40 inches and 3 standard quail cages on top of them (24x36x8).
I'm up north so I made a setup I could heat during the cold cold months : One lamp above each cage and within both compartments. Right now, I have IR 175W in each.
Received the quails yesterday : 18 Females and 4 Males. They look about 5-6 weeks old and are in great shape. I observed them for about 30 minutes on the first night and they all look active, they feed and drink. And poop. So it's all good.
For now I have set them up in the following way : 6 females in each cage. For the males I have tried housing all 4 together but there is a bolder one in there who would try and get it on with the other 3 males and plucked some feathers from their head. So I moved him today to a single compartment. I was hesitant on putting males already with the females not to stress them out early and the males are probably not fertile anyway.
Got my first egg today, will taste for sure later. That's my goal, having quail eggs but I'll be looking into breeding and butchering soon as well.
I tried setting up the lamps with a timer (did a one hour test run) but man, those things generate a LOT of heat. It was upward to 110 on top of the cage so I'll be moving the lamps to a more central position in the coop and will definitely wait for fall to light them again, don't want to roast the birds right away!
Thanks for all the great threads in here and any advice is welcome!