Hi everyone, I'm pretty new at this. We've just started keeping coturnix quail and my kids love them. We've had them for about a month and one of the females started laying five days after we brought them home (quite incredible considering how many times they are picked up and kissed each day by our seven year old, and patted by our three year old). We have one male and two females. They seem a bit unusual in that our boy is the one to make a nest for his girls (always in the same place - right by the food bowl!) and he calls them over with grunts and high pitched cheeping. He'll even sit with them and comfort them while they are laying and is very interested in the newly hatched eggs. I think they pester him until the nest is up to scratch too. I'm just wondering if there is any chance of them brooding their own eggs seeing as they always lay in the same place? I know it's a long shot! Just wondered if they built up a clutch would they sit on them? They are just in a temporary cage inside (our old dog crate that's been modified slightly) on deep litter. From everything I've been able to find boys aren't supposed to show any interest in building nests and girls don't tend to lay in the same place each day. Did we just get an odd bunch? Has any one else come across such a doting male before?