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At what age do you dress Quail to eat?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by sega, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. sega

    sega Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2010
    Ludowici, GA.
    Wondering at what age do people on here dress quail to eat? I think I waited too long to clean my last pen full of Quail. They had a lot of fat on them. They were 12 to 15 weeks old.
  2. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    8-12 weeks for coturnix 18-24 for bobwhites. It helps when you tell us what kind of quail you raise.
  3. veggiecanner

    veggiecanner Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2013
    7 weeks or the males get to noisy
  4. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yeah i didnt think about that. Bachelors will literally crow all night. Or they will start at 3 am right before a big day at work and wont stop.
  5. sega

    sega Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2010
    Ludowici, GA.
    Ended up cleaning most of them. Still have some in the freezer. Sold over 200 of them for $2 each, just got tried of cleaning the little fellows. Will not raise as many next time.

    Thanks for all the comments.
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  6. DoubletakeFarm

    DoubletakeFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2013
    NE Ohio
    So what happens if you wait too long? Say you eat a two yr old quail...too fatty? Too tough?
  7. veggiecanner

    veggiecanner Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2013
    Crock pot quail pot pie.
  8. Sycamore27

    Sycamore27 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2013
    Durham, NC
    The one I have butchered was 13-14 weeks old. I didn't notice a ton of fat in the innards and when I skinned him there wasn't any stuck to the carcass underneath the skin. After I cleaned him I soaked him in cold water with a little salt in the fridge for about 36 hours, that was just how long it happened to take for me to be ready to cook. I baked it in a covered casserole dish. I left the wings on and that was the only thing that was at all tough to me, the rest was pretty tender, especially the breast. My bf said it was a little tough to him, but still ate it all up.

  9. Quailsong

    Quailsong Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2013
    Veggiecanner, love your answer. Haha.

    Yep. I've one of those 'complainers' too. eg, "Not really a fan of this..." *munch munch lick bowl clean* ;)

    Also, OP, fat is great for stock. So if you've an old quail to cull they'll make an excellent soup base.
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2013
  10. buttercup95

    buttercup95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2013
    Northern Cali
    So I have some quail that are about 9 weeks old texas A&M aka White Coturnix would you say it's an optimal time to eat them? I'm in the country and the males have been crowing (if you can call it that) I don't mind it or anything but I just wanted to know if I should just go ahead and eat them now. I keep thinking they should be bigger...

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