Moby suggested I start a thread about this so here it goes I used to keep quail for years as a teenager and for a university project I built an incubator and hatched some coturnix in class, and grew them out at the school (I'm taking Animal Health Technology, ie Veterinary Technology) I'm very interested in dog training and we do a lot of clicker training with our program dogs at school, so I took a couple quail home (to my dorm lol) and started training them. I read somewhere that coturnix are used a lot in laboratory experiments on operant conditioning because they are so heavily food motivated, so i thought I'd try it. The first one I started with was a golden but I left the lid of their cage off one day and she jumped up and hit her head under the desk and broke her neck which I should have known better but there you go. I documented all the training progress step by step and it's on both my blog and my youtube channel: http://epicquailblog.blogspot.com http://www.youtube.com/user/epicquailblog This is Blondie first learning to peck at a red dot instead of step on it. (I previously taught her to step on it and worked her way up to pecking it) When Blondie died I taught Brita the same thing and moved her onto a red ping pong ball instead: And then I started to teach her to step on a green sqaure the same way I taught Blondie the red circle. But I intended to raise the square little by little into a platform: I have her going on a 1" high platform really well now, I just want to raise it a bit higher every time. Won't be for a couple more weeks that I get more videos up since I am out of town on a practicum right now and she's staying with a friend. Interesting how something we just think is a dumb quail can learn things I want to work on all kind of things with her in the next few weeks. It only takes her a few days to learn something new.