I had my first group of quail last fall. We got a new bird dog puppy and needed birds to train her on. The intent then was purely for training which meant no real concern for breeding or egg-laying. I bought adults, trained with them, then butchered them. It's time to continue our quail efforts, but I'd like to take move into egg harvesting (food, not breeding). Since I'm not looking to raise chicks (just no time to dedicate to it to do it well), my plan is to use the males for training the puppy and the females for eggs. My coop is about 41" x 16" (4.5 sq'). I've seen space requirement estimates everywhere from .5sq'/ea to 1sq'/ea. That would yield space for between 5-9 birds. Sound about right? As I understand it, I don't need males with the females for them to lay. Is that correct? Does having males in the coop help raise egg production? If I have males in the coop, the likelihood of fertilization goes up obviously. Is that a concern then for food-eggs? I would like to keep them all in one coop with a solid divider separating males and females (like 3 males on one side and 5-6 females on the other). Will that present a problem (fighting among the males, etc)? My other option would be to build another coop, but it would have to live in the same general space. The birds would still be able to see, smell, hear each other. Another coop would only afford me more space for more birds, not the ability to put more distance between the males and females. Thanks all!