I searched the site first and didn't see any real consensus, so I thought I would re-raise the question. How do you avoid/stop Coturnix Quail from eating their eggs? Here is my situation: I got the quail as relatively full grown adults on October 6. There is 1 roo and 8 hens in a 24x36' wire rabbit pen, hung on the fence, slanted. I am feeding them a 20% pro flock feed from Tractor Supply. Had been giving them my scratch mix of Oats/Barley/Wheat (more similar to what they had where I got them) and they waste most of it, so now strictly the 20% feed. I am in Central California. Currently temps get to about 74 in day, down to 48-50 at night. They are caged in an enclosed area that also has rabbits in pens and a chicken coop/pen area. Both are 15-20 feet away from their pen. Cage has a roof, but sides are currently open. I have Christmas lights strung that run from 6-8am and from 5-8pm. Sunrise is about 6:30 am, Sunset around 5:30 pm. They have a dust bath in the corner that they all spend a fair amount of time in. They have laid nearly all of the eggs in the bath, and did not start laying for me until it was placed permanently. Cage is at an angle to allow eggs to roll to front, but obviously that doesn't happen in the bath. I typically start noticing eggs at about 3 pm, and will check periodically clear until almost 8 pm (lights out.) I have been averaging 4-6 eggs/day since they really got rolling (about 11/1, 4 weeks after they moved in.) I just got home from a funeral out of town, expecting to find nearly a dozen eggs (two days worth since I left yesterday at noon) and there were only 4. After further inspection, there was a hollowed out egg under the waterer that hangs in the middle of the pen, and I found at least a couple shells I could make out among the poo under the cage. I had an egg in the bath full of sand that I thought was just broken and rolled around about 10 days ago. May have had more eaten than this. I do have a job and have to be gone overnight periodically, so I would like to be able to leave them to fend for themselves from time to time. Any thoughts on how to improve this situation? Thanks!