I was recently given five Coturnix from a friend of a friend of a friend about a month ago after he decided he didnt want them any more. I wanted them for the fun of raising them and hopefully getting a few eggs too. After the third day, they stopped laying. This site also helped me figure out that two of the five were males. I put all of them in a home made pen that they sort of disappeared in. After adding a few white doves, the quail started coming out and started laying again. I had three eggs today and was happy to find them right out in the open where they apparently wanted me to find them. I don't know if it was the addition of a light supplementing the sun giving them about 14 hours of light or if it was the doves that made them happy. Either way, im getting eggs again. I think it is a little of both. I know 3 to 2 isn't the best setup for getting eggs, but its working for now and I want to get more females to increase the egg production. I have also started to add in some crushed up clam shell for calcium. In southeast Louisiana we don't have rocks, so they make roads out of shell rather than gravel so it's easy to get shell to add in. Has anyone else mixed Coturnix and doves? They seem to be getting along fine. Also, does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep them from wasting more feed than they eat? I have a feeder with a "scatter guard" on it, but that thing seems to be a joke. Also, any other suggestions would be appreciated.