So after obtaining 15 button quail total, so that I can choose the colors/genders I want to keep and rehome the rest (got some chicks from the fair and such), I go on vacation for a week. I come back from vacation (August 2nd), and my oldest female (just turned a year), Kiwi, has decided to become a mommy and is laying on eggs. Yesterday morning I woke up to peeping in the big tank (my babies and I are currently sleeping in the livingroom with the quails due to pharaoh ants in our bedroom...sigh), and sure enough, there were little fuzzy babies waddling around. So I removed the other adults from the cage and put them with my younger adults...in a bin half the size of the big tank (55 gallon). I have done quail introductions before, so I knew some tricks to get them all to get along, and it worked for all of them...except two nasty little pied girls I have that I suspect have been plucking another male and female that were with them in the big tank (the male is the father of the babies that are just hatched). One is worse than the other, but in any case, I had some wounded little birdies this morning, and after removing the two naughty ones, peace is restored... So anyway, back to Kiwi. So far there are 10 babies that all hatched at around the same time, and she is still sitting on 4-6 eggs. Yesterday she kicked one out of the nest and has ignored it since, so today I decided to open it up to see if maybe it would give me a clue as to whether the remaining eggs are viable or not. This egg was very cold and has been neglected for at least 24 hours...and had a live baby inside. It wasn't a "full term" baby though, so it only lived a few minutes. I felt very bad. However, I now believe that the eggs she is sitting on will probably indeed hatch. I really want to move Kiwi and her babies to a smaller tank so she can do her mommy thing and the other quails can have the big tank, as they are quite unhappy right now. But I don't want to upset everything so that she stops sitting on the eggs or stops taking care of her babies. A breeder (much younger than my 22 years) told me to just take the eggs away and move her, that if they hatched, they would just slow the other chicks down, and that my female didn't have time to sit on eggs and take care of babies. But she has never had a hen hatch eggs before, and as far as I know has only been breeding button quails for a year (she obtained some from the same breeder I got chicks from at the fair). So I'm not sure if I should do that or not, especially when I would prefer that the rest of the eggs hatched. Any opinions?? I also have a few buttons I'd like a color ID on, if possible...will be getting some single photographs of them if needed, but I'll post the group of 14 if anyone wants to give it a shot at all of them. I'm pretty sure that I have them all sexed correctly. Males: 1 red breasted (black throat), 1 red breasted, 2 silver red breasted, 1 cinnamon red breasted, 2 cinnamon tuxedos. Females: 1 red breasted, 2 normal, 1 silver, 2 pied, 1 normal tuxedo, and 1 ???. Feel free to correct me on any of these. Here is the group, the ??? is the one sitting in the purple food dish. The silver female is looking in the purple food dish here, she's beside a silver male, is there any reason they look different, or is it because they are different genders? Better pic of the silver female. Silver red breasted? Here are my two cinnamon tuxedo males. Can anyone tell me why they look different? It isn't the lighting, that is how they look, the one in front is lighter and has more gray. One more pic. Btw this is my original group from the big tank. All are females except the obvious male. The one on the far left is Kiwi. Here are a few hatchlings. Think the yellow one is a white?? And is this one a red breasted? Sorry about the filthy cage, it had already gone a week or two before I went on vacation, and I was really scared to put my hand around her nest too much and disturb her. Thanks for reading my long post...and for anyone that can help me on what to do and/or with color ID'ing.