I don't really know too much about Coturnix quail... I hatched out a couple of batches just for fun this past spring. I now have 8 quail that I have decided to keep primarily as pets. My daughter loves to eat the eggs but I don't plan on increasing my flock size. Anyway up until yesterday they had been raised in a bird cage in my garage. My husband built an AWESOME quail coop. It has a house in the center surrounded by a pretty good size run on both sides. There is a door in the side of the house that allows them access to one side of the run. They access the rest of the run by walking under the house. I put some straw in their house along with their food. Yesterday afternoon we moved the coop down towards our chicken coop (far enough so they wont transmit disease). When I put the quail in I placed them in the house part and let them take it upon themselves to move out into the run. Within a few minutes all 8 were out enjoying it. Last evening when I went out to close up my chicken coop I noticed that the quail were still in the run. I tried to grab them and place them back in the house so they would roost for the night but just as fast as I put them in the house they ran back into the run so I gave up. This morning when I went out to let my chickens out, I saw the quail still in the run. It is now raining and cold (about 45*) outside. I again opened the run and tried putting them back in their house and again they would run back out. They kept running up to me like they do when they want to be fed and looking at their food in their house it was obvious that they did not eat... I don't think they ever went back in their house last night. I ended up moving their food out of the house and placed it out in the run with them so they would eat. They immediately started to scarf down their food like they were starving. So my question is, are they going to figure this out? Or should I lock them in their house for a couple of days without access to the run until they get used to eating in there? Also the house is up higher than the run. There is a little ramp for them to get up and down... they use it just fine to go down but have never seen any of them walk up it to go into the house. Am I worrying too much?!!!