Will quail go to coop at night

My hen house

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I'm thinking to build something similar to this for quail my question is will they go back up in the evening or can they be trained to
 

My hen house

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Quail cannot be free-ranged like chickens. They have to be kept inside a secure enclosure like cage, aviary, or tractor. Hideaways or coop can be placed inside the enclosure and they may use it, but they typically roost/sleep on the ground.
Will they get into a habit of going to the same spot every night
 

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They are ground dwelling birds, they like to "see without being seen" so they tend to sleep up against the side of pens as if it were a stand of grass, if there's nothing for them hide in. My quail brooder is a mini coop, they go up and down the ramp all day to get away from each other and look out the window, but like to sleep on the ground at night. When they are tiny during summer rains I would go and physically move them into the upper coop and lock them in to be sure they don't get wet and chill. Ideally a ground pen enclosed with no larger than 1/2" hardware cloth with a hardware cloth apron, either extended out a few feet or dug down 2 feet, with planters (or some other physical block, screen, bricks, plywood, etc...) around the outside to keep things like cats, opossums, and rats from grabbing at them. Quail who are stressed by predators at night don't lay well. Everything wants to eat quail, and the predator lost is longer than for other fowl because they are so small.
 

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Will they get into a habit of going to the same spot every night
Not really. They tend to hunker down and sleep wherever they are when night comes. They prefer sheltered places, so if you make shelters they're more likely to go there, but don't depend on it.

Everything likes to eat quail, so keeping them in a predator proof and escape proof pen is best for them.
 

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They won't go into a coop like chickens and they certainly won't go on a roost.
@FloorCandy

They like to stay low, on the ground.
 

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