I've wanted the farm life and to raise chickens. I finally moved and still didn't move to a place that would allow chickens... durn town livestock laws... well, I've wondered about raising quail. So that's what I'm researching now. Any thoughts and information on this would be very appreciated. I will have a small fenced yard where I'd like to put up a little quail roost. I don't know how small is too small for it. I've read that they don't take a lot of room. I want to raise them for pets/eggs and use their poo for garden amendments. I live in a fairly mild climate in the Texas Hill Country... well, mild winters, rarely below 20s, but summers hitting 100 and above at times. I figured I'd need a covered coop for them, read that off the ground is better, so the poo could fall to the ground and I could put in my compost pile. Are they healthy when they're just in their pens all the time and not on the ground. I hear so much about cage free chickens being healthy. Why wouldn't it be the same for quail? Obviously too many questions to start this now, but hopefully it will be in my future. I'm still hoping our little town will loosen backyard chicken laws, too. I live on a golf course, so probably not much chance of it...LOL.