I was given two coturnix quail eggs a few months back, incubated, both hatched: one boy one girl. They are now around 9 weeks old. Male is crowing, female started laying on Nov. 8! : ) They have plenty of food, fresh water, both are fat and healthy. Female laid daily Nov. 8-12 with no problem. Then, on the 13th, I noticed blood on bottom of cage. They have hay and leaves to nest in/hide, and when I picked female up she had pulled most of the feathers from under one wing/breast (left side) and had actually made herself bleed when the feathers were plucked. Kept hanging out in nest box, etc. No egg that day. Next day she had plucked all feathers from other under wing and breast...again, no egg. Male is not pestering her at all...when I check them he is never interested in her. She has not laid an egg since Nov. the 12th. She seems to be spending the majority of her time just laying on her chest in the nest box. Very lively if I reach in though or pick her up. No weight loss I can tell. I am very new to raising quail...the only thing that makes sense to me is that she may be stressed because I keep light on all the time? But I only do this because they are outside (can't bring them in long story) and it is the only way to maintain heat to keep them warm. She does seem to shiver on occasion... Please give me some advice! Her last egg did seem to have a little blood on the outside of the shell...and another weird thing: her very first egg was an off white color...no spots or speckles at all...but all the others since were speckled and more brown than white?