Choosing the quail to breed

Discussion in 'Quail' started by possumhunter, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. possumhunter

    possumhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to attempt to process my first batch of coturnix today (wish me luck and thank you to all who have posted tutorials on here). My question is...Should I leave the largest birds for breeding, that way I can produce larger birds in the future? I really don't know much about breeding and genetics, but I'm assuming that breeding larger birds together with produce larger birds? I am only raising them as a meat bird so that is really the only purpose (assuming that I can process them again after today, haha).
     
  2. zaylinda

    zaylinda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, that's the way to do it!

    Make sure you have a good male/female ratio in your breeders and good luck!
    -Zay
     
  3. Kullas

    Kullas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like ya got it under control [​IMG]
     
  4. possumhunter

    possumhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the help! It took me about 1 hour to process 2 of them [​IMG] Probably because I was shaking so hard! I managed to do 3 of them and then had my husband do the last one. Hopefully it gets easier next time. I don't mind processing, just don't like the killing!
     
  5. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    Bop their heads on the counter first if you didn't already do this. It makes it much easier on yourself and the birds.
     
  6. possumhunter

    possumhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did do that, thanks! But the garden shears didn't feel as sharp as I would have liked and I felt like the actually cutting the heads part was a little sloppy. Sharper shears next time! And I think it would help to start on a day that I don't already feel yucky! [​IMG]
     
  7. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    I was using all-purpose utility shears. They weren't super sharp, but they worked. Basically, as long as the spinal column is crushed and severed, you're good to go. I usually had an extra snip or two to do to after the main snip. That was just a flap of skin though.
     
  8. darkfur

    darkfur Chillin' With My Peeps

    you can order things called humane dispatchers that I find make things a bit less unpleasant. they dislocate the spinal cord quickly, as opposed to you having to decapitate the bird. it upsets me less anyway
     
  9. worldling

    worldling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just pinch their little heads off. They just come right off.
     
  10. Kullas

    Kullas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its not just the killing of the birds ya do need to cut the head all the way off not just break the neck. this way they can bleed out
     

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