Hello! We recently purchased 5 adult quail from a man on craigslist in Virginia in hopes of hatching out babies and starting a small flock (four females and one male). We were keeping them outdoors in a hutch with wind-proofing and a light for heat. Within the week our male quail died. We thought he may have frozen overnight with the cold temperatures and so we brought all of the quail inside and kept them in a makeshift brooder. They didn't have very much space but they were warm and I changed their bedding daily while they were indoors. A few days ago the temperatures were lovely and we took the quail back outside to their outdoor hutch after they had spent about a week inside with us. When we were putting them back in their hutch we noticed one of our females seemed sick. Her feathers were fluffed, she was moving weakly and she had diarrhea. I immediately isolated her from our others, and put her under a heat lamp with clean bedding and water. When she showed signs of worsening- she began shaking intermittently and stopped moving, eating or drinking, I called two local vets. Neither proved helpful so I then went to our two local farmers co-ops in the Annapolis area. One of the men seemed very knowledgeable and recommended I put all of my quail (and my ducks who are housed separately but on the same property) on antibiotics and electrolytes. After 48 hours with no improvement from our dear lady we had a vet put her out of her misery. I am worried about the other quail in our little flock. From what I have read online I suppose this could be quail disease- which would mean everyone would be infected or could be? There is so little information out there about this topic. I plan to keep medicating our other quail for the next week and a half and clean out their coop to the best of my ability. What should I do? Are there any additional precautions I can take? What can we do if we are interested in expanding our flock but do not want to risk getting our birds sick? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you thank you.