I have finally made the decision to get a few quail. I think they are incredibly adorable and look forward to fresh quail eggs. I will be keeping them outside, I am building a 6x4x4 pen for them right now. I plan on collecting their eggs only, no breeding for me. I have a few starter questions I hope someone can help me with. Oh and I am getting coturnix quail... Do I need to use a soft mesh ceiling in case of injury when they fly or can I use metal wire mesh? In the coupe is wire mesh or plywood better for the ground? What male to female ratio....? I am thinking 3-4 female and one male? If I only want eggs do I need to have a male or will they lay eggs without a male present? ( sorry if this questions seems silly) fertilized eggs vs. non ( how do I avoid getting fertilized eggs) ? How long do the eggs stay good in the fridge? How long can the eggs stay in the coupe before they go bad? ( If I miss one or can't check every day) What are some foods they love, fruits veg ext.? Ok I think I covered the quail basics. Thank you so much....Sorry if some of the questions seem rudimentary, I want all my bases covered so I can provide a good home.