Hi, I'm new here, so if this question has already been addressed please forgive the repeat. I have ten Buff Orpingtons in a decent sized fenced area (about 300' of 4' welded wire fencing), with a small "barn" as a coop. Most ppl would probably just call it a chicken coop, but I've always wanted my own barn, so when my DH and DS built me an 8x10 structure with nesting boxes and roosts for mother's day, I christened it a barn. Anyway, this last Sunday when my son went out to collect eggs, he found a quail in the barn. We just thought it was a riot, took pictures and when she was gone later in the day we figured that was the last we would see of her. She was very calm and not the least bit perturbed about us standing just 4 feet from her and taking pictures and what not, so I'm assuming that she's a domestically raised release bird, or just an escapee. Well, come to find out she seems to actually come and go as she likes throughout the day and has been bedding down overnight with my girls. I went out this morning and for the third morning in a row she's in the barn pecking and scratching. Five of my hens went in with her and were eating from the feeder, she didn't bat an eye. My girls aren't sure what to make of the quail, and won't come closer than about a foot or two from her. I guess I'm just wondering if I should just let it go as it is, or is there some danger of disease for my hens? I have new chicks coming the first week of February, but they are probably a month from being in the barn after that. I like to eat quail, but one's just not much more than a mouthful, and honestly it's just kinda funny watching them together. Sorry this post is so long, and thanks in advance for any advice.