Hello! This site has been so helpful while lurking for awhile, thank you! I live in a city that doesn't allow chickens, but a very nice friend sold me 20 coturnix quail eggs and gave me 3 bobwhite quail that are 4 months old. My hubby made an incubator (thanks to youtube!) and we've worked out the kinks enough to keep it at a steady temp of 100 and humidity at 40 - 55. I have serious doubts about them hatching and developing right since I had no idea how to store them at 55 - 60 here in Florida but where I kept them went from 60 - 80 and also we had too many temp. fluctuations in the incubator for the first couple of days till we worked out the kinks. They go into 'lockdown' on Friday so I'll see how it goes! If these don't make it, we'll definitely get more eggs. I'm totally obsessed with quail now! Could anyone please tell me about natural lighting. I know they need 14 hours of light for laying eggs, but I was wondering if anyone down here in the south has had success without having to provide extra light when the days get longer. Also how much of a difference does it make if it's full sunlight or partial shade? Can they take the heat? I've been giving the bobwhites a treat every other day of a mixture of bread crumbs (from homemade bread) and veggie scraps, all blended together fine. They LOVE it. If I gave them this with some wild bird seed, maybe 15 % protein, and let them pasture for bugs, do y'all think it would be adequate for egg laying? As my screen name suggests, I try to do things as natural as possible. Thank you so much for taking the time to read all this!