Thanks to everyone for answering all my questions. We have build our pen and are ready to order our quails. I have decided to get hatched chicks instead of trying to incubate right now. We will keep them in the garage in the winter and the deck in the summer. The pen is 18 square feet including the nesting box. Todays question - what is a good male - female ratio? We would like at least 1 male in case we want to breed them later. We don't want too much noise as we have neighbours. I am thinking to get 2 males and 8 females, would that work? Would our space be large enough that they don't fight? Or should i do 9 females and just 1 male?