I have a sterilized hutch - 4.5' X 2.5' with part wire (very small net) and part wood in the open part 3'X2.5'; pine bedding for the closed part; waterer and feeder used for my chickens when they were tiny. My plan is to have this for their winter quarters and build a pen by Spring. (My guess is that quail math may be a bit like chicken math - so will need a bigger space 6 months from now...) I have read that I need to give them game bird feed - yes? Will pick up proper food tomorrow AM. I'm getting 5 girls - Cotournix - for eggs and pets. They are supposed to be around 8 weeks or so - all laying. At this age, do they get starter food? Until which age do they need it? Anything else they will need? Do they enjoy the same sorts of treats as chickens? Winters aren't typically harsh or long here in NM, but will this space be too big for just 5? Do I need more already? Will the girls do any better or worse with a boyfriend? Ack! I'm quite sure that all of this beginner stuff is here (BYC) somewhere...anyone have a link for brand newbies? Thanks for any help or guidance!! Yeah - I'm pretty excited!! BTW: Y'all may want to look around for demons wearing ice skates - cause DH actually agreed to getting them with no fussing at all!!