I haven't started with quail yet, but I'm planning on getting some to hatch out here fairly soon. I plan on keeping my breeders in cages in the basement (may move them outside if smell becomes an issue.) I will be keeping them for eggs and meat both. I have rabbit hutches out back with well established worm bins underneath that currently have no rabbits in them. I figured to keep my grow-outs out there. Then I got to thinking. We have 4 raised garden beds, 4x8 feet each. We are actually planning on adding at least two more beds this year. Would it be crazy to keep the grow-outs in mini hoop houses in the garden beds? They would be in there anywhere from 2-4 weeks while they grow out. We rest one bed each year, so we'd have one bed to dedicate to raising quail in for sure this year, possibly three if we build two more (I like to compost in the beds their first year.) We don't use chemicals in our garden beds, so that's not an issue. Predators aren't really an issue...I've been keeping an eye on tracks in our yard the last two years, and with the fence in place and a large breed dog the only tracks I've ever seen are rabbit tracks. Hawk or owl MAY be an issue, but I've never seen any land anywhere near our yard, even with the rabbits out there. But is it safe to keep them on the dirt? I would think I'd have to watch for mites, but aside from that I can't think of anything they could get from well maintained garden dirt....can you? I also can't think of anything they could do to the garden that would make it harmful for us, can you?