Anyone Sell Butchered Quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Orange Ribbon, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. Orange Ribbon

    Orange Ribbon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    My uncle and cousin used to raise rabbits to sell, and for a few dollars more would butcher them for customers. My understanding in Virginia as far as chickens go one must be USDA inspected to sell butchered poultry, but I don't know if quail falls under that requirement or not. Seems like ready to cook quail would be a good seller if it is legal. I just wonder if any of you butcher quail for customers. Although it would be great to hear from anyone in Virginia who does this or knows if it is okay or not, I'd still like to hear from anyone who does it. How much do you charge per quail if you dress them?

    I edited to say I am pretty sure it is illegal to sell butchered bobwhites, but coturnix is what I'm interested in knowing about.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2011
  2. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
    Abide by local, State and federal law!
  3. groundpecker

    groundpecker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2011
    Rison, Arkansas
    I sell them live to avoid trouble from the USDA.
  4. D3invertebrates

    D3invertebrates Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 6, 2011
    Brookshire, TX
    I used to butcher and sell my quail to a local cafe for $3 a piece. Its was worth it imo but Ive seen it cheaper at walmart, like $2 a piece. Definitely not gonna get rich.
  5. The Critter Place

    The Critter Place Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2011
    Tucson, Az.
    Hi OrangeRibbon!
    I agree with Joe, check the local state laws.

    I would start with The Health Department and see where they send you.
  6. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    New Mexico
    I'd be far too worried about lawsuits. Remember: People are special.......... [​IMG]
  7. Orange Ribbon

    Orange Ribbon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    Oh, I would definitely check the laws before doing it. Just wondered who all did it and their experience. I have a ways to go before I'll even have any to sell.
  8. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2009
    I Think You'll Find Butchered Coturnix Quail In The Same Category As "poultry" ~ Ie... Chickens And Turkeys And Ducks

    Anything Thats Sold Here For Whatever Purpose Leaves Here Lookin Around Eagerly With An Expression Of "oh Boy! Where We Goin!?" Plastered On Its Face
  9. rittert3

    rittert3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Ks (Manhattan area)
    I found I could sell the eggs here in kansas and get around regulations regaurding chicken egg production and sales but any meat you'd have to be USDA inspected slaughter to sell it, and I'm pretty sure that's fedral law. I plan to sell mine as DIY ready to process birds. I think you'd still beable to get $2-$3 a bird live and if your customers don't want to haul live birds home I don't think the gov.'d nail you for popping a few heads off for them. I'd still keep that part pretty hush, hush though.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2011
  10. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    ya might want to check the 1000 bird exemption usda has as long as folks come and pick them up at your farm I will have to find the link later I am skinning this time of the year my wife made me come in and eat a little LOL

    there is a vid on utube that shows an that shows an old guy butchering a quail with a little practice it is a 1 1/2 - 2 minute affair offer a "quail butchering class" sell the quails and teach upwardly mobile folks how to do "redneck things" ROFL

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