I am in the middle of hatching out our first chicks. My husband is intrigued, and when a friend told us yesterday about hatching quail eggs with her brother when she was little, my husband was definitely hooked. He wants me to try hatching quail as soon as this chick hatch is completed. I asked him what he wanted to do with the quail after they were hatched, and he said he wanted to let them out in the woods around our house. He also mentioned setting up a type of shelter for them to protect them from hawks and eagles. We live on 90 acres - most of it heavily wooded. Wouldn't quail that we hatch and release just make easy dinners for all the predators in the woods? Do they need a mother quail to teach them survival skills - or is it all instinct? I don't want to hatch quail to provide meals for the neighboring raccoons and coyotes. And if we decide to give it a try, what kind of quail would do well in middle Tennessee? I'm trying to read up on raising quail as much as possible so we'll make a good decision. Any advice or input is welcomed!