I just got 6 coturnix quail which are pets. They do not like to be handled and are much more skittish than chickens. They will fly or run away if not fenced in. Mine are still living inside until we build them a nice insulated home with a hardware cloth enclosed run to keep them safe. They won't be in with our chickens who free range in our fenced in yard. I don't know much more than that but quite a few people on here are raising them and can tell you more!
I'd love to let my quails free range (coturnix) but i don't trust it. When some fall out of the cage (they do it on purpose lol) when i open it up...they act paranoid and dash off...theni have to stop what im doing keep an eye on them and sneak after them (luckily their wings are clipped so they can't fly away). I know of a lady who just the other day had her coturnix fly away....for good. Just too scary for me to lose my bee bees!
Coturnix quails by the way, in their natural habitat, are migratory birds.
I will be making them a tractor in the spring.
Even though we say our coturnix are friendly and sweet, they dont enjoy being handled, mine cry like im killing them when i hold them. However they'lll happily stand in my hand to eat food and even let me pet them while they eat. And they cry if they see me coming with food (19 coturnix quails yelking "crying") is really cute to hear...they sound so despirate like their starving...yeah...sure....
Picture below is of a whining coturnix (talk about a pitiful face) lol: