Is this a good way to process?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Whitehouse Quail, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009

    basically just kill, cut off each wing and feet, skin, then slice up each side of the backbone and yank it out bringing the innards and scent gland with you.

    I'm trying to work up the guts to process them, if I start producing the way I want to, there will be a TON of males to take care of, and I don't know if I have the guts to do it! I can watch it, and shoot a rooster, but I don't know if I can turn it into a little chunk of meat!AHHHHHH!
  2. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Yep, that's what I do. From the time I pop the head off, to putting the pure-meat bird under running water to rinse it off = 75 seconds. A regular pair of scissors will last through many, many birds when ripping up beside the backbone.
  3. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    Thanks for posting this! I thought it was going to be really difficult but that looks so simple. I just started raising quail and one day I'd like to enjoy a quail meal, even though my husband says he won't. Pfffft to him! LOL

  4. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Wow--75 seconds--that's great! I want to learn to be that fast. We just processed our first quail this past weekend and it was WAY easier than I thought it would be, both physically and emotionally. It was really just not that big a deal. We returned their little bird souls to the Great Spirit and their little meat bodies to dinner. It was quick and painless.

    By the way--that's the same video I watched *after* my first processing session. I kind of just did it by feel--I knew to skin it, and I'd disemboweled many a fish as a kid, so I had a vague idea what I was doing, but even without any stronger guidance than that it went just fine. The first one was slow while I figured out what I was doing, but not bad at all. Now that I've seen that video, I hope next time will be even quicker and easier.
  5. Frugal Que

    Frugal Que Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 21, 2009
    I will be using this method from now on. Our current method isn't bad but this is much easier and faster. I love learning new things.
  6. missred871

    missred871 Eggxhausted Momma

    May 5, 2010
    Perry GA
    chop off head
    hang upside down for a few seconds
    cut off wings
    skin it
    cut open bird
    run fingers inside and clean out all the insides
    cut off feet
    rinse bird
    and rinse it again

    They are mighty delicious fried by the way!
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2010
  7. chickenwhisperer

    chickenwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2007
    Chicken Country, U S A
    You can see my comment to him, Im frogfeeder on YT.
    That was the best vid I found.

    I did it this way yesterday for 2 male coturnix, and it was fast, efficient, and perfect.
    Took me about 2 minutes per bird.

    They seriously tear and peel so easily, like a over-ripe peach.
    Cut out the backbone with a pair of scissors and the whole guts come right out.
    I did have to scrape a lung on each.

    They are soaking in the fridge getting ready for tomoro nights dinner!

    You can see where the backbone has been removed in the close one.
    (sorry, phone camera)
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2010
  8. RainesRanch

    RainesRanch Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 22, 2010
    Nebraska panhandle
    WOW! Im impressed by the meat on their lil legs! LOL Who would have thought! My DH is a avid hunter, so we eat alot of pheasant and he loves dove hunting. But then it comes to the dove we have always just breasted them out. Never really bothered with the lil birds legs. We do save the pheasant legs after we breast them out and when we get enough we have a BBQ with them as well.
  9. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2007
    St.Charles, QC
    Thanks for the video. That's how I'll be doing it when the time comes! [​IMG]
  10. RainesRanch

    RainesRanch Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 22, 2010
    Nebraska panhandle
    I noticed one posts says to chop off their heads, is that how everyone does it? I was figuring maybe folks broke their necks seeing as they are so much smaller then a chicken:/ DH uses rose pruners to cut off the wings and feet on pheasants and doves...they work just as well [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2010

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