Whenever one of the kids or I suggests we bring a new animal or animal type into the fold, my husband's first objection is: "But what about when we need to go away for a few days?" We don't go away often, but sometimes take a week to 10-day vacation in the summer, or go away for a 3-4 day weekend at some other point in the year. For the shorter trips, we can leave out enough food/water for the cat and chooks but the dog is a pet we have to either board or find someone to care for. You get the gist. So I know if I tell my husband I'd like to "get a few quail", the first thing he will ask me is "what about vacations?" I want to be prepared with an answer. My plan is to keep the quail indoors (basement) in a huge old rabbit cage that hasn't been in use for years. After doing a lot of research on this forum, I think I can make this into a great little habitat for them. I'm not too concerned about odor since it is an unfinished basement that we really only use for storage anyway. The basement has view out windows and for most of the year we can leave a window cracked for ventilation which will also cut down on odor. What I don't know is: can I leave a gravity feeder full of feed and another full of water (as I do for the chooks and the cat) and just leave them for a few days? Or do they require such daily care that that would be an impossibility?