Hi all, I've just joined because I've been using this forum as a resource for all kinds of information since we put our first batch of quail eggs in the incubator last month, but I've not actually joined! I'm in Australia, and have had backyard chooks for ages, but this is my first experience with quail. We have 11 quail that are 15 days old and are going great, except for an increasing loss of feathers! I searched this forum (plus google) but am not quite happy with my knowledge so far, so thought I'd post a pic for some help. The quail are in a box about 3 foot square. I still have a heat source in there and they seem happy to either sleep near it or away as the mood takes them. About a week ago I put in a smaller box on it's side which I fill with wood shavings (from the rural supply store) for them to scratch/sleep in for less heat/light. They are being fed a chicken crumble starter feed (which I believe is medicated) plus a finch seed mix (which I was mixing slightly in a food processor to make smaller for them but I think they are about big enough now not to need that.). The current batch of chicken crumble was from a different store and it does not look as fresh as the first batch (there were weevil threads around the bag opening). The last few days I have noticed an increase in them eating fallen feathers, or plucking loose down feathers out of the other chicks. I don't know if, at this age, the feather loss is normal. There was one thread here that said the golden quail tend to loose more feathers as chicks but there were no photos so I am not sure if my feather loss is the same. It seems to be mostly along their neck and spine. I read about them needing more stimulation in the brooder box, so tomorrow I will get some branches or something for them. I don't believe it's too hot in there.... They might be sick of the bright light!! Should I give them some time under natural light during the warmth of the day? The local rural supplies store knows nothing about quail, but everything I read seemed to suggest standard chick starter was fine. Any advice appreciated!