... Or are quail the dumbest bird to raise? I know they are the dumbest bird that I have ever raised. I have an 1/8" deep lid with rocks in it and they still find a way to drown in it. Its like they force there selves in between the rocks and lay face first into the water. It amazes me how something that is 2" tall can drown in 1/8" of water anyway. That would be like me falling into 4 or 5" of water and drowning. You have to try to do things like that. Maybe thats it... my quail are suicidal.