I have six button quail as pets. Hatched from eggs. I have them in guinea pig cages about 28 inches long by 18 inches deep. I think that's a little small but it's the best I could afford at the moment. I padded the top so when they boink they won't hurt themselves. They are GREAT flyers and will whirr out of the cage when I open the doors for feeding or cleaning. I'm used to having wee quail trotting around in the room with me while I take care of them, and then I scoop them up and put them back in. The babies are about 4 weeks old and I did have to place some paper across the sides of the cages because they can slip through if panicked. I use pine shavings and they have a small hut to hide in and a sandbox, and silk plants. I love the little birdies. Since only one of the six is a hen I have her paired with a male and then the other four boys are together. I'll be moving two of the boys to their own cage since I'm told pairs is best. It's got to be the game food I'm feeding but they do have a "chickeny" odor and I change the bedding frequently. I'm beginning to feed them some fruit, vegs, greens and some finch seed in with their food. They are gorgeous little birds!