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Coturnix vs. Bobwhite

Discussion in 'Quail' started by PatS, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. PatS

    PatS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From the thread As Promised A&M meat vs. Pharoah Meat:
    Quote:Can Byrdj or someone else elaborate on this? The last few months I have been lurking (and maybe asking the occasional question), I assumed I would be raising Coturnix and probably A&Ms, but if bobwhites taste so much better, why not go with them?

    How MUCH longer do they take to get to eatin' size? How MUCH longer does it take for them to lay? Do they get "broody" and hatch out their own baby quail? Are Bobwhite harder to raise? (And I guess I'll have to find out if California has different restrictions on Bobwhites, too.)

    For folks who are familiar with chickens and analogies, is it a case of "Coturnix is to Bobwhite as Cornish Cross is to Buff Orpington?"
    Because if it is, I'd rather spend a little more time and/or money for the better flavor, especially if the Bobwhite will help raise the next generation.

    I don't want to eat Frankenchicken. Are Corturnix Frankenquail?

    THANKS!
     
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2010
  2. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    WELL NOW LETS SEE HERE....

    Quote:Can Byrdj or someone else elaborate on this? The last few months I have been lurking (and maybe asking the occasional question), I assumed I would be raising Coturnix and probably A&Ms, but if bobwhites taste so much better, why not go with them? IMO--- THERE'S NO TASTE COMPARISON HERE, I AM WITH BYRDJ AND QUITE A FEW OTHER FOLKS HERE--- BOBS TASTE WAAAAAYYYY BETTER, NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. THE COTURNIX QUAIL IS ABOUT AS CLOSE TO INSTANT GRATIFICATION IN AN EGG AS YOU'LL EVER FIND AND ABOUT 10X'S EASIER TO RAISE AND HANDLE. BOBS ARE FLIGHTY, SPAZ-PRONE, SLOW GROWING GAME BIRDS WITH A JUNKYARD DOG ATTITUDE. THEY REQUIRE MORE TIME AND MONEY FOR SURE AS WELL AS DIFFERING CARE AND A LOT MORE SPACE.

    How MUCH longer do they take to get to eatin' size? How MUCH longer does it take for them to lay? Do they get "broody" and hatch out their own baby quail? Are Bobwhite harder to raise? (And I guess I'll have to find out if California has different restrictions on Bobwhites, too.)MOST BOB WHITE SPECES ARE MARKET SIZE IN ABOUT 24-26 WEEKS, THO SOME TAKE A LIL LONGER. AND LIKE COTURNIX FEW GO BROODY IN CAPTIVITY. YES BOBS ARE HARDER WITH A BIT LESS FORGIVING LEARNING CURVE. THEY ARE MEAN LIL SUCKERS TO EACH OTHER AND NEED ALOT MORE SPACE PER BIRD IN PENS TO COEXIST WITH EACH OTHER. THEN THERE'S REPRODUCTION--- COTURNIX HENS ARE CAPABLE OF 300 EGGS/HEN/YR IN PROPER CONDITIONS. BOB HENS LAY 1 OR 2 CLUTCHES/YR/HEN OF ANYWHERE FROM 12 -30 OR SO EGGS. FOR BEST FERTILITY RESULTS COTURNIX 1;5 ROO/HEN RATIO IS MOST COMMON WHILE BOBS ARE 1;1, 2, OR 3. COTURNIX HENS CAN PRODUCE FERTILE EGGS STARTING AROUND 6-8 WKS OF AGE AND READILY LAY UNDER ARTIFICAL LIGHT YEAR ROUND. BOBS ARE FINIKY AT BEST ABOUT ARTIFICIAL LIGHT AND MANY WILL NOT LAY DESPITE THEIR AGE UNTIL THEIR 1ST SPRING.

    For folks who are familiar with chickens and analogies, is it a case of "Coturnix is to Bobwhite as Cornish Cross is to Buff Orpington?"
    Because if it is, I'd rather spend a little more time and/or money for the better flavor, especially if the Bobwhite will help raise the next generation. NOT ALL THAT FAMILIAR WITH THOSE CHICKEN BREEDS, BUT IF YOU'RE AFTER AN ANALOLGY I'D USE "THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE"

    I don't want to eat Frankenchicken. Are Corturnix Frankenquail? NO MONSTERS, MORE LIKE SPEED RACER...

    THANKS!

    I HOPE THIS HELPS... ULTIMATELY YOU DECIDE 1 OR THE OTHER OR PERHAPS BOTH IF YOU'RE INCLINED. I RAISE AND EAT BOTH. COTURNIX ARE WAY BETTER TIME AND FINANCE WISE, BUT THEY DONT, AND WONT EVER(IMO) BEAT BOBS IN FLAVOR. ITS THE AGE OLD QUESTION OF QUANTITY VS QUALITY.
     
  3. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    I like the taste of courts best. I do shoot wild bobs & they eat better that both farm raised ones [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2010
  4. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    You can always choose to make an "Informed decision"--- basically obtain specimens from both speces and sample them--- See which 1 you prefer the taste of? I know some higher end supermarkets around me sell both speces. Perhaps you have a supermarket or 2 near you that do as well?
     

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