How long do Coturnix quail live?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by rachel, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. rachel

    rachel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what little I've found, the answer seems to vary between 2 and 5 years in captivity. Do any of you with experience have an answer for this?
    Also, if you butcher a quail that's 1 year old will it be tough like an old hen? (Quail au vin anyone?) Thanks!
     
  2. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    I think Citalk2much has some oldie coturnix cuties [​IMG] I wouldnt know from experience on how old they can be yet but I do know that if the hens are laying year round they will expire quicker than a hen that only lays during a natural yearly season. [​IMG]

    as for culling like say over a year old bird or something like that, I don't see how it would really effect thembut hey it im not sure? LOL
     
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I would say until Niki gets out her trusty scissors and cuts off their heads! [​IMG]

    She's like the Queen of Hearts in 'Alice in Wonderland'....."Off with their heads!!" [​IMG]
     
  4. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:yeah in a few more months I'll be replacing out my oldies and they'll be a year by then sooo i'm sure I will cull most so LOL i'll have some experience then with if the meat is tough or not LOL!
     

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