I have wanted to own chickens for a long time, but alas we are not allowed to do it in my city. I think quail would be fine as long as I don't have too many. The weather is getting nice and I'm ready to go forward with my plans. I already have done a lot of reading here on the forums. I have several questions. 1) Do they ever climb up a ramp to roost? I have my eye on this awesome small chicken coop for sale this weekend at a feed store. The nesting area is up a ramp. Will the quail use this, or would it be better to buy a single level coop? Here's what I found but locally it goes on sale for $139 this weekend http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_...i_sku=SPM5822532605&sid=IDx20130125xMPPETx021 I have my eye on this one, too, but would have to order on-line http://www.amazon.com/Ware-01533-Premium-Backyard-Hutch/dp/B000HGB93E/ref=pd_sim_sbs_lg_5 2) Can they be on the actual ground (will they dig their way out) or must they have wire on the bottom? 3) We have an ant problem at certain times of the year. Would the quail be bothered by the ants on the ground? Or would they just eat them or something? Or would the ants eat the quail?? 4) Anyone here who have raised quail in the desert? It gets very hot in the summer. I can put the coop in a shady location but it's still pretty darned hot in the shade. Do they need anything special or will they survive just fine? In the winter it gets to freezing sometimes. I am assuming if I put down some straw and they have a shelter box they will be okay, right? 5) Will they lay eggs year round? Or only in warmer weather? 6) How long do they live? How long do they lay eggs? We don't eat meat. I will keep them around for their whole natural lives, just wondering how long that will be? 7) Can I keep just hens and have them still lay? As I said we don't eat meat, I don't want to take a chance of any hatching, and males are noisier. Would rather avoid males if possible. P.S. I also own two parrots!