What to do with quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by CARS, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. CARS

    CARS Songster

    Last spring I received 70 some A&M quail. At first I thought these things are neat. They make great noises that somehow complete the symphony of sounds in my barn. I kept reading here on BYC's how the A&M's were bred for white meat, and more meat than other breeds. The eggs were sweeter (huh?), etc.

    During the beginning of he summer I sorted out my breeding stock (the biggest and best of them) and butchered about 20 of them after trying light deprivation tactics and meat-bird feed. The resulting meat harvested wasn't worth my time. They taste like chicken to me (whatever you season it with).

    So plan B, since it is picnic time, social gatherings, weddings, parties, etc. we would devil these little eggs as party favors. WOW, did they taste good, people loved the bite sized treats. What a conversation piece!!! Sure it takes a few hours of prep work, but the attention was worth it. Everyone has deviled chicken eggs, but quail...

    Then the party was over. Summer is over and the newness of the quail eggs has passed. I still don't feel these little guys are worth the time to butcher. I can do a chicken is similar time, and feed my family doing it.

    I hatched out 14 little ones. Look so much better than the parent stock as far as coloring and activity. These little guys actually fly across the room when they get out. The birds I first received seem to fly to the ground and play hide and seek. Beautiful white with just a dot of black on the head. Picture perfect.

    But I have no market for them. No one wants a white bird, egg sales have dropped to the point where I am boiling up hundreds a week, mashing them and feeding the scrambled eggs to my chickens, and I still don't think they are worth the time to process.

    So... While I did my best at this endeavor, it's not panning out. If anyone wants some eggs, I have some boxes coming. You can have them for the cost of shipping. If you want some 1 year old, some 7 month old, or some 2 month old live birds you can come and get some.

    I think I am going to re-group and try my hand at some heritage breeds of dual purpose chickens.

    I know the minute someone takes my stock, someone else will come to me asking for eggs. I just know it. [​IMG]
  2. Kullas

    Kullas Songster

    Jul 23, 2009
    Ellijay Ga.
    i would come and help ya out but its kinda a long drive but i would love some eggs
  3. peewee

    peewee Songster

    Sep 25, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    I would love to have some eggs too!!! Let me know when you are ready to ship.
  4. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Crowing

    Mar 2, 2009
    Add Me To The Egg List--- I'm Always Looking To Add New Blood To The Stock.
  5. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    I'd go to selling fertle eggs, esp since you've only got A&M's. Have you looked into asian markets for egg sales?
  6. CARS

    CARS Songster

    Quote:No. Not alot of asians around here. In fact the local Chinese resturant is run and staffed by Mexicans.

    I tried the fertle egg route via Craigs list but no bites. I would sell here but other than the one hatch, I really can't prove my fertility rate. I'd hate to be a bad apple in this bunch [​IMG]
  7. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    I would like to get some eggs as well. [​IMG]
  8. CARS

    CARS Songster

    I'll pass out the eggs to everyone who has asked but does anyone incubate in the fall? If you are serious and have the means to hatch I will start saving and shipping as soon as my boxes arrive.

    I think I will keep my 2 monther's for future eggs but unless someone wants some quail to eat, the old ones (1 year) are going in the freezer, umm to eat I guess. Sorry, I don't ship processed birds [​IMG]
  9. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Crowing

    Mar 2, 2009
    Yessir I Hatch All Year. Just In The Winter Time I Have To Make Them Take Their Bathing Suits Off And Wear Shorts And T Shirts Instead... Oh And I Dont Have To Put As Much Ice In Their Drinks....
  10. CARS

    CARS Songster


    Ya, rub it in. Maybe I can just ship the whole flock to you for the winter and you can ship some back in the spring. We will call this breed "Snow Birds".

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