A lot of info on them here, so I'm sure it's my mind not processing the information properly after a very long couple of weeks at work... That being said, a few questions.. Outdoor living on the ground.... These will essentially be for egg production and "pets" for the kids to watch while out in the yard; can they realistically live healthy on the ground? Reading on health issue with them, I'm unclear of the hazards of them living on the earth. Not opposed to putting some sort of florring in the coop/run then adding some sort of organic material for litter or such, just looking for clarity of what the issues are. I use bark, wood, etc as cover for my chickens and would like to do the same for quail if I go that route. Also, I'd planned on building a 8w x 16l x 6h hoop coop for ducks. I have one for my chickens and like it a lot. I've been at odds with adding ducks as I really don't want to deal with the mess; so contemplating quail in their stead and would use the same enclosure. I'll add a sample photo of the one I use for my chickens and plan to basically replicate that for the quail with whatever housing adjustments they would require. Again, unclear on coop spaces - reading has read me to them killing themselves via flying into coop roofs akin to Wil E Coyote smacking the painted train tunnel.. Do they need a smaller space to limit their velocity or would they do well in a larger setting? Climate... Once they've matured - how do they overwinter? Would I need to run any heat? I don't do so for my chickens - only provide them a place to get out of the wind with the interior box as pictured below. It's basically just the raised floor and 4 walls - the roof is open in that the wire run and tarp in the only 'roof' provided - ventilation and all without direct exposure to the wind.. Would the quail stand a chance in a similar set-up or would they need heat?