I can't believe you guys really eat these things.

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Denninmi, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. Denninmi

    Denninmi Songster

    Jul 26, 2009
    My first Coturnix (a mixture of breeds/colors) are about 4 weeks old now.

    In handling them, they still can't weigh more than a few ounces.

    I gather that you can start processing them at 6 weeks, and they are fully grown at about 8 weeks.

    Unless these things really bulk up in the next 4 weeks, I just can't imagine that they would be worth the bother to process and eat them. It just seems like it would be an awful lot of work for the equivalent of a chicken McNugget's worth or so of meat.

    Am I missing something here?
  2. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    I don't know. I am not a processor gal. I raise these guys for eggs [​IMG]
  3. Denninmi

    Denninmi Songster

    Jul 26, 2009
    Well, I'm not either, I am just sort of in disbelief that these things are big enough to eat.

    I will use the excess eggs that I don't want to hatch.

    The entirety of my "flock" is perfectly safe.

    I do, however, keep telling my family that I intend to "dress" my 6 turkeys for Thanksgiving. The only thing about that is, I can't figure out how the little pilgrim hats will stay on their heads.[​IMG]
  4. secretquail

    secretquail Songster

    Apr 11, 2010
    Chapel Hill
    I never think they are big enough after 8 weeks. I end up waiting 3 or 4 months to let em bulk up a bit. They are tiny, but if you process 2 or 3 per person, it should be enough. That is unless you are used to the trough at Golden Corral![​IMG]
  5. Rozzie

    Rozzie Songster

    Jul 14, 2010
    Mine are just for eggs (and pets).
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2010
  6. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Hahira, GA
    yep, they dont make a lot, bob whites are the way to go fo eating birds, much more to one of them
  7. cathunter10

    cathunter10 Songster

    Apr 24, 2010
    Piedmont, MO.
    Quote:The kids or the turkeys.
  8. pascopol

    pascopol Songster

    Jan 6, 2009
    Tampa Bay
    Jumbo coturnix and Texas A&M white are super gourmet delicacy.

    I do not see any difference in taste between them and Chukars.

    I raised and ate them both this year.

    2 coturnix jumbo birds are a portion for a hungry person.

    Now I am going for Butlers LOL

    I guess they will be great eating to, a bit larger than coturnix, but they take much longer to raise and feed.
  9. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    I raise jumbo Brown Cotournix, & I butcher 4 for DW & I per meal.
  10. pascopol

    pascopol Songster

    Jan 6, 2009
    Tampa Bay
    Quote:Yes you are missing that if you want to eat coturnix you need to raise jumbo browns or Texas A&M's from reputable breeder, instead of anything else called "coturnix". I raise and enjoy both. They are ready for butchering at 8-10 weeks. They should reach 14-16 oz per bird if you feed them correctly.

    Just set 60 eggs in my bator LOL

    Obviously eggs are delicious and nutritious too !
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2010

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