I'd like to try my hand at raising quail for meat and eggs -- you know, because what's one more species on the funny farm? I've been trying to do my homework and am leaning towards Coturnix (mainly because from what I've read they're the easiest and since I'm new to the species... I should probably start small and easy. I'm open to other suggestions, though.) and have read about their care and keeping but what I'm not finding is the temperature/climate hardiness of the adult birds. I have every intention of brooding much like I do our other birds -- indoors, climate controlled, with litter and lights -- but I'm just not seeing anything on the adults in my searches. My preliminary thoughts/plans were to build raised wire pens with small, attached, enclosed shelters and keep them in trios and/or quads but now I'm questioning whether this is acceptable since those cages would be outdoors (they would be covered from rain, snow, etc with a metal roof). I live in the middle of the lower penninsula of Michigan. Help! If those raised wire cages would be acceptable I was also wondering if I make them a couple feet tall would they still need to be lined with burlap to prevent broken necks? IOW, would it be wiser to make the cages 2 feet tall (for example) and not line them with burlap or build the cages 3 feet tall and put a burlap liner in at 2 feet tall to give them a buffer from the actual roof?