i have looked through so many post on the “show me your pens”... and so many different opinions all over the internet on “pen preferences “. I am a newbie and am getting my materials together to build a pen... in my mind I thought “okay... so should be like a rabbit hutch... above ground and about 6 feet long with a closed end bin “.... then I run across post where the recommendations are that the pen be on the ground and more “natural “.... oh boy... I have no idea what more natural even would be??? I think I finally narrowed down a space in my yard that has a fence behind it and two redwoods on each side.... as we get hot summers... should stay fairly cooler in that location (no direct sun)... And figured that would be perfect for the raised wood/wire pen... but also can construct on the ground as well ..... soooo I am confused which way would be best to go!! Looking for suggestions !! ANY!! So basically my situation is... I live in a city/suburbs and I plan to house about 6-10 coturnix quail as pets and use the eggs occasionally (depending what’s produced) to feed a reptile. Our winters occasionally get about 36deg at lowest.. summers can get about 113, but usually 106 most days of high heat... we don’t get much rain and wind is rare. Thanks again for the help and suggestions/opinions in advance .. including pics of the 3 areas I had possible placement (trees being top and the other two get more sun heat.. but still showing if others think it would be better)... bbq would be moved and the gazebo would be cleared of stuff under it.