Well, we did it. Harvested our first quail this afternoon. We started with just three, and they were culls from our adult birds. It went surprisingly well, and I think we will almost certainly do it again. My husband did the killing & I did the cleaning. My hands were shaking on the first bird and the last bird squeaked when I squeezed it, but all in all it went very well and was incredibly satisfying to bring up a plate of clean birds for dinner. Now, for questions. I've watched some videos of harvesting quail, and I've looked up recipes. We have an idea how we want to prepare these three, but I want to make sure I'm not missing something. * Do they need to be plunged in ice water or anything else right after being skinned? * Do they need to be stored for a while before cooking? Or can we cook them the same day we harvest them? * Do they need to be brined? * How long after death to clean them before they spoil (for three birds it's not hard to get them done quickly, but we're wondering how many we can do all at once and still have cleaned in plenty of time)? * How much of the innards have to come out--I know all the intestines do, but there's lots of miscellaneous STUFF up against the backbone that I had to kind of scrape out and wash out--how vigorous do I need to be about that? * Anyone harvested feathers from a skinned bird for use in crafts and such? How do you harvest them? Just pluck them out of the carcass? Do you clean them afterward? How? Thanks! I was really nervous about this but it went better than I expected and I'm ready to do it again in a few weeks when our first young'uns are ready. Oh, one more thing--what do you do with the innards? If I had a cat, I'd grind them up and feed them. But I don't (though I want one). We do have ferrets, but they are not the least interested. What else can they be used for? This time I just wrapped them in a bag and stuck them in the trash, but I hate to waste stuff. Thanks!