Originally Posted by cmobley
I have 132 coturnix quail i usually have about 8 or 10 had the idea hatch a bunch do a freezer filling. Anyway i usually do the culling at 8 weeks but with this many birds im honsetly just over it. The question is there any significant meat gain in 6 week to 8 week old birds ive read where people cull at 6 weeks but i want the best bang for the buck thanks for your help.
It all depends... your variety of cot, the source and quality of your feed, your rearing setup, time requirement, enjoyment level.... and so much more. It sounds like your setup isn't "dialed-in" to support that number of birds, and I would encourage anyone (and everyone) to raise within their means to keep the animals healthy and the hobby/work enjoyable.
If they were my birds in my setup... no question about it, there is significant 'growth' between 6 and 8 weeks (and beyond). Would I cull the animals at 6 weeks if I wanted to, absolutely.
I actually cull a percentage of birds every week during grow-out. This is beneficial for a number of reasons: 1) It makes processing more manageable (and enjoyable). 2) You can evaluate the birds health, conformity and taste. 3) When creating breeding stock, it promotes rigorous selection 4) It's a good insurance policy against disease, predation and other 'incidents'.
My flock had stopped any significant growth by week 14. If you are processing by skinning, I would encourage the 6-7 week process time (for fast growing jumbos). In my flock, I have found that the skin adheres along the back significantly by week 9.
(edited for clarity.)
Edited by supersymmetry - 12/12/15 at 6:37pm