So these little buggars have caught my eye. I love the look of the Mountain Quail, but I keep reading how difficult they are to keep and I don't think I'd want to start out with something like that having never owned quail before. So instead I was thinking of Manchurian Coturnix. Any feedback on these birds is appreciated. I'm mostly interested in them because we live in town and can't keep as many chickens here for me to get my chickie fix, so our chickens are at a friend's house. Because the quail (from what I've been told) are not as loud and don't have the same space requirements as chickens... I do have many questions, but I'll start with these... Housing... If housed outside, would they need added heat in the winter time? Flooring... Do folks on here have better luck with wire, shavings or even sand? ... I just think wire may only contribute to the heating problems. If I used shavings, how deep should the litter be? What about with sand? Watering... I've really fallen in love with the nipple waterers for our chickens. Would the quail do well with these, do you think? Managing... Would it be better labor, etc. wise to house them in a colony type environment during the winter? If this were the case, I might be able to move them into our shed/garage and have a heat lamp in there (would they also need a regular light?) and that would solve the problem with the heating. Any thoughts on this?