I'm looking for folks with experience keeping coturnix quail in small, indoor spaces. Living rooms, basements, closets--wherever you keep them. I'm working on a proposal for an "urban sustainability" magazine that will show folks how they can raise their own eggs indoors. We currently raise quail outdoors, and I'm planning to bring a small group indoors so I can draw from my personal experiences, but I'd also like to draw on the expertise and experience of others. I do have one rooster indoors (long story) and he's about to get several hens for this project. Please post here or contact me if you're willing to help. Or just share some of your thoughts and experiences in this thread, and I'll contact you for permission & further details when I'm ready to use the material. I'm also using the search feature and looking at previous threads about raising quail indoors, so I may contact some of you privately if I find information I want to draw on. Meanwhile, here are some specific thoughts, ideas, and questions I have about raising them indoors: * I found out almost accidentally that quail will readily drink from a hamster or other rodent water bottle. I plan to use one for my indoor quail to reduce water mess and ensure they always have a clean supply. Any thoughts or experience with that? * Instead of taking up precious floor space with a chick feeder, I'm using a small bird feeder, the kind you hang inside a wire bird cage, for my current indoor quail. I have it hanging at head level, so he can't get into it and scratch it all over the place, and it doesn't get pooped in either. So far it's working great, but my biggest concern is size--once I have more quail indoors, they may go through the feed quickly. Thoughts? * I use baking soda in the bottom pan, under the wire. He doesn't walk in it because he's on wire, but it takes care of the odor really nicely. I wonder how effective it will be with larger groups? * He has a sandbox (i.e., a small tupperware container with sand from the yard in it) which he loves. It does get poopy, though, so I love the suggestion in another thread of using a litterbox scoop to clean it out. * I'd like to include other "natural" elements that will help the quail feel comfy in there. Suggestions? Fake plants? Small nest boxes? What else? * Have you found egg productivity to be impacted by their indoor lifestyle? Is ordinary indoor lighting adequate to keep them in top form? What about winter--do they decline in productivity, or does the steady indoor lighting routine keep them laying constantly? * Do you add anything to their feed--greens, fruit, scraps, etc.? Bird seed? Anything beyond the standard game bird feeder? Thanks so much!!