Finally did it, processed my first quail!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Bettacreek, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    Well, the boys are at their grandmother's, hubby's at work, and I couldn't sleep, so, I decided that while I have some uninterrupted time, I'd process the quail. It was so much easier than I had expected, just time consuming. I was planning on saving the skin, so I had plucked darn near the entire bird, then gave up and skinned it. I'm too OCD to pluck a bird. [​IMG] Hopefully it'll still taste nummy. Since I had burnt dinner literally to a crisp (thankfully I was only cooking for hubby and I) because I had fallen asleep, we'll just eat barbeque quail tomorrow instead of remaking barbeque chicken. [​IMG] Nom, nom, nom. And... the killing part wasn't so bad, once you bonk them, the head falls back and makes it quick and easy to cut the head before they come to. Can't wait to try our first quail meat. I'll have to go process the rest of the boys now, I just had to post, I'm proud of myself, lol.

    BTW, for others who have processed, is it always that hard to skin the back right above the tail?! That skin was like super glued to the darned meat!
     
  2. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
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    Congrats! You are brave... I'm still working on the nerve to do that.... I'm a wimp! Well at
    least about processing anyway! Let us know how you like them.


    nancy
     
  3. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    Well, I was in the surgery room when our son was circumcised, so I figure if I can watch that, I can do this no problem. These weren't birds that I raised, so I had no emotional connection to them (I was only getting into the butcher bird cage to feed, water and change bedding). I wanted to get used to butchering with birds that I didn't raise, make it easier for when I raise the birds myself. Figure I can get over the fact of killing a bird first, then get over the emotional connection later, not all at once. And, now I'm finally going to go finish the other birds (I'm a procrastinator, I know, lol)
     
  4. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:YAY! YOu head bonked! SEEE people who dont understand why i bonk!?!! Bettacreek does! LOL! [​IMG]

    and yes that part is always annoying to me too luckly theres no meat really there on the pelvis so i normally just leave it lol
     
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  5. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    I couldn't imagine trying to cut the heads without bonking first. You'd be fighting with the bird to position the clippers properly. [​IMG] Head bonk and they go limp and ta-da! Instant access to the neck without a struggle.
     
  6. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:my thinking exactly, plus I dont feel horrible when i snip! LOL! I had people arguing with me that they dont feel the scissors snip them... I've tried i think two without head bonk and both were able to get out a shirll scream before lights out... so yeppers it's headbonk or nuthin here!

    GO YOU! [​IMG]
     
  7. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
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    I havent done it but I did tell my DH this was the way I probably would go. It just seems easier on both them and us.
     
  8. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:[​IMG] basically posting to you because i love your signatures first two sentences [​IMG]
     
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  9. amarook

    amarook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How, or rather, what do you bonk them with?


    Do people do this for chickens too?
     
  10. mrsengeseth

    mrsengeseth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok, i hope this doesnt' sound insensitive...HOW do you head bonk?? Just hit them with something or hold them and whack their head against something?
     

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