Hello all, I'm new to the forum. I've been reading on here some though learning and figured I would join in. I'm building my cages and about to get quail to start raising. I bought my incubator yesterday. From reviews that I read I just went ahead and got the hovabator 1588 with egg turner and quail racks. It seemed to be a decent one. The brinsea ones look great, but I didn't care to spend that much money! What advice do yall have for hatching my first batch? What I haven't figured out is if there is a certain way I should lay the eggs in the racks..? pointed end down? How long do I leave them in the incubator after they hatch before I move them to the chick brooder? I have the starter wild bird feed stuff, do I need to crush it more and get it real fine for the chicks to eat? I'm in for it here, but how much odor does a few quail cages give off, if cleaned regularly? I'm not worried about it in any way, just wondering if it will stink up my shed bad... Can the quail after a few weeks when they are out of the brooder and go into the cages and run withstand the cold fairly really well? or am I going to need a heat lamp on them when temp outside gets in the 30's? How should I arrange my cages? I have two small cages (about 2ftx2ftx2ft) I was going to use for breeding, (3 female, 1 male) and one big cage I was going to throw the rest in.... Can I put a large mix males and females together? Or should I just keep all females and butcher males only? My big cage is a 2 story 4ft long, 2ft wide, 2ft tall each story both inside the shed, and the run attached to it is 12ft long 3ft tall and 3 ft wide rectangle.... How many quail can or should I keep in this bigger enclosure?? I plan on butchering to eat for numbers management, and or giving to others to eat or selling live birds to others that want to raise them... Breeding - as with anything I am guessing I should try to get my males and females from different breeders to start out with? I kind of assume after a year of breeding and turnover all the quail would tend to be related anyways either way I go..?? Any advice for a newbie?