I live in west central Texas, and it's very hot out lately. I am an apartment dweller as well, and at the beginning of the summer I raised 6 quail I obtained as 3-day olds (losing one due to birth defects). Once these quail hit adulthood, they were moved to our shaded balcony where they have lived since in a rabbit hutch. I provided exotic game crumbles and fresh water via two water bottles they have no problems using. However, in the last three days I have lost two quail, most likely from the heat. The rest were constantly panting and going through water extremely quickly. So it was decided that the quail would return indoors, at least until it got significantly cooler outside. I moved them in today to a 20 gallon long tank (about 3 square feet) with a screen top. I keep them on aspen chip bedding and I'm not worried about scattered mess since the tank is very contained, however I am worried about keeping their food and water clean. Do any of you have some useful tips? I plan to rig a water bottle so it can be mounted onto the tank, but what about keeping food clean? They are very messy and like to throw bedding around, tip over what they can, etc. I have tried the commercial quail or chick feeders but most are either too large for their cage or very light.