Hey everyone! I have been keeping coturnix quail for eggs and meat for two years on a small scale. Just 10-20 birds at a time. I have had them in a small tractor-type pen on the ground (about 18" high, 6' x 2'), in grass during the spring-summer and on shavings in the fall-winter when its wet. My quail have always been happy and healthy, but it is hard for me to clean, move, and get down on my hands and knees to reach the eggs in the far corners of the pen. I don't have a good back or knees. SO - I'm going to build something new. The space I have to work with is against the outside of my garage 8' long x 4' deep. I'd rather not keep them on wire, since they love scratching, digging, and exploring so much. I'm considering a tall aviary I could walk in, making it easy for me to clean out with a rake and easier to reach all the eggs - I could just squat down and pick them up, instead of having actually get down on my hands and knees to stick my head inside a pen at ground level and reach! I know it would be more expensive to build than something small... but if its a good option I'm going to consider it. Question - does anyone have their quail in an aviary? Is it easy to maintain? What do you use as the floor and how do you keep it clean? I hear sand is easy to clean out with a mesh scooper, but I haven't tried that yet. Given branches and plants, will they actually use the overhead space? Will they fly up and land on branches, or will they stay on the ground, even given the taller space? I'm wondering if it would be a waste of material to build something so tall if they won't enjoy it. My other alternative is to build a solid floor pen that is raised 3 feet off the ground or so, so that its easier to reach in. Thanks for any insight!!