Hey forum folks,
What a day, it was my first experience killing an adult quail. I made a lasso like device, a stick with a string tip inside a hollow tube (what you see during the village raid scene of Apocolypto). Put the string over the animal's head, pull the stick and it breaks the animal's neck.
Killing for food is a part of life, I can understand the need for it and hope to do it without suffering for the poor creature. When I pulled the stick, the neck snapped immediately but the bird flapped violently, just to be safe I pulled the stick again and off flew the head.
I'm sure the bird didn't suffer but it did flap around and spewed blood all over the place. I tried the CO2 method with bicarbonate and vinegar, it was agonisingly slow and thought I better save the bird a painful death. I ended up shooting the second bird with a homemade gun-like device which took me 3 hours to make (can't buy guns in Australia).
After reading this forum, I think the chop is the best method or perhaps the chop with cone as the flapping puts me off. It's good to know a lot of people are reserved about killing initially, but it is important to know it is a part of life. As long as you are killing for food and doing it as humane as possible, it is fine. Killing an animal for fun to satisfy sadistic pleasures would fall into a different category (future serial killers in the making).
I've read other forums where people would take an injured bird to have it put down by the vet, what a bloody waste of $50. An injured sparrow can be dispatched easily, just try out your baseball pitch against a brick wall. It will still die fast. At least it is good to know there are bigger wusses out there than me who had some trouble killing a quail (hey I'm working on it, give me some credit).
BTW, great website, I would not find such valuable information or discussion on a quail website. It is great to see so much input, debate and criticism of slaughter methods.
Hey forum folks,