Should I withhold food and water before processing?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Schroeder, May 15, 2010.

  1. Schroeder

    Schroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there value to witholding food and water from my Coturnix for a period of time prior to butchering? For how long?
     
  2. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Quote:Don't know if it matters with a certain breed (wouldnt' think it would), but with Bobs I've processed, just retrieve them from the pen (which has a gravity feeder), de-head them, de-wing and leg them, and remove skin/feathers, split the back, remove entrails, wash good, and head to the freezer or skillet. Can't get any better on taste!!
     
  3. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    I've done it both ways, and don't think there's a huge difference from withholding feed. The crop will be empty, but that's about your only advantage. (I've also only done chickens... maybe quail are different?)
     
  4. underground chickenman

    underground chickenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Don't know if it matters with a certain breed (wouldnt' think it would), but with Bobs I've processed, just retrieve them from the pen (which has a gravity feeder), de-head them, de-wing and leg them, and remove skin/feathers, split the back, remove entrails, wash good, and head to the freezer or skillet. Can't get any better on taste!!

    Randall: Do you have a picture of that gravity feeder? I am working on my pens and looking for ideas.

    Thanks,

    UGCM
     
  5. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Withholding Food Empties The Crop As Mentioned Earlier, This Greatly Aids In Processing As It Is A Lil Less Messy And You Dont Have To Worry About Contaminating The Meat With Gastric Contents. And Besides Feeding A Quail In The Cull Line Is Like Using An Alcohol Pad Before Giving A Lethal Injection To Someone On Death Row--- I Mean We're Killin 'em Right? Like In A Minute Or So? Do You Really Think He Will Have Time To Get An Infection? And If He Did Would It Matter? [​IMG]

    Save The Feed You'd Use For A Last Meal And Give It To The Batch In The Grow Out Pen Instead, I Dont Know About Y'all But Gamebird Feed Has Gone Up In Price Twice Here In The Past 4 Months... In The Grand Sceme Of Things I'm Sure The Amount Of Feed Is Small Comparatively, But Even Tiny Grains Of Sand Add Up To Make A Beach..
     
  6. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Quote:Don't know if it matters with a certain breed (wouldnt' think it would), but with Bobs I've processed, just retrieve them from the pen (which has a gravity feeder), de-head them, de-wing and leg them, and remove skin/feathers, split the back, remove entrails, wash good, and head to the freezer or skillet. Can't get any better on taste!!

    Randall: Do you have a picture of that gravity feeder? I am working on my pens and looking for ideas.

    Thanks,

    UGCM

    I think I made sense in this thread explaining it [​IMG] : https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=271708 Let me know if I didn't [​IMG] BTW, I wouldn't do anything different. Feed waste is no longer a problem.....Period!!
     
  7. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    You can hold back feed, but never water. Holding back water just dehydrates the bird, making for a tougher carcass.
     

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