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Can you eat button quail eggs?

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I've had Coturnix quail before and have eaten their eggs and recently I was given a dozen button quail eggs to incubate and am wondering what to do with them after they hatch.  Do people eat their eggs or are they just an aviary bird ie people keep them as pets in aviaries in which case I'd be thinking about selling them to my local pet shop.

Their eggs are pretty small though... when compared to Coturnix quail eggs.

ozzie

post #2 of 13

Yes, they are small and you can eat them. You can eat any birds eggs.
There is just not much there, so most people don't eat them big_smile

Buttons are aviary birds/pets for the most part.

post #3 of 13
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Okay - thanks for that.  I did think they were a bit small.

ozzie

post #4 of 13

Definitely.  They taste pretty good too and I even had a friend make stuffed button quail omelets.  Don't ask me how....  I've made scrambled button eggs and goat cheese.  The downside is breaking all those eggs takes forever.  Also steaming them makes quail eggs peel pretty easy and they make nice bite sized items on a relish tray for the holidays.  Most of the time it isn't really worth the effort though unless you are quite bored that day.

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Kinda Like Peeling M&m's Before You Eat Them..... But Yeah They're Edible!

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I'm Not Yelling!... Thanx Anyway, But Its The Best Way For Me To Read The Print On The Screen.....LF Cochins, SERAMA, RINGNECK AND RUFFED PHEASANTS, MEL. MUTANT RINGNECKS, BLUE SLATE TURKEYS, MALLARDS, WOOD DUCKS, ROUENS, BUTLER BOB WHITES, COTURNIX. PM ME FOR EGG AVAILABILITIES!
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post #6 of 13

How long after a button lays the egg before they are not good to eat.  Like if the egg lays in the cage for a day or so are they still okay to eat, or should you get them in the refrigerator right away after they lay them for them to be good to eat?

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post #7 of 13

Eggs can sit on the counter for a couple of weeks before you eat them, so a day in the cage should be fine.

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Can you eat fertile eggs or only those from the female button that don't have a male in the cage?hmm

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post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by goodheart101 

Can you eat fertile eggs or only those from the female button that don't have a male in the cage?hmm


You can eat both. You just get 1/2 more the DNA with a fertilized egg. Other than a very rare bacterial infection in bird eggs, all are safe to eat. Fertilized or not.

post #10 of 13

If your cages are indoors so long as the eggs aren't getting dirty and pooped on they could sit in there for a week and be good just like they can sit on your counter for weeks.  You just want to avoid leaving them sit in high temps.  They actually peel easier if you leave them sit out for awhile before you cook them and only need to put them in the fridge if you aren't using them soon.

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