button quail questions.

Discussion in 'Quail' started by redrooster99, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. redrooster99

    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THINKING ABOUT GETTING QUAIL
    What do i do with the extra quail im only needing about a dozen and the ones i want to buy are 2 dozen. Also are these good quail.
    If i get these how long before i can butcher them, because i am thinking of butchering the ones i don't want.
     
  2. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If they are button quail as in chinese quail properly called chinese blue breasted quail then you will not be eating them. They are miniature quail and get no larger than a big hamster. I guess if you like quail nuggets [​IMG]

    Coturnix or bobwhites are recommended for meat birds. Coturnix can be butchered at 8 weeks ( I recommend 10-12 weeks to let them fill out and add some fat) and bobwhites can be processed anywhere between 16-24 weeks depending on the type of bob. If you click on my name there are some videos on processing quail. Hope this helps.
     
  3. redrooster99

    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    but i could eat them right just the extras.
     
  4. redrooster99

    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is it about the size of a mourning dove.
     
  5. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was just joking I really doubt you could eat button quail. Through my whole life I've slaughtered and processed livestock of all sorts but I don't think I could slaughter a button quail just to eat, I don't have the heart, they're tiny like really tiny. A dove would make three or four button quail.

    This is a full grown button quail.

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    This is a full grown coturnix which make good meat birds.
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    Last edited: Jan 9, 2014
  6. redrooster99

    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think if i get some im going to get snowflake bobwhite
     
  7. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Snowflakes are beautiful birds. You'll definitely enjoy them.
     

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