My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

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Can we butcher quail indoors?

The answer, yes.

I have this thing about the bird flu: I've been concerned about it for years. Not that it will ever come about, but IF IT DOES, it probably hit even our backyard chickens. So last year, I did a little research. Quail are really small birds, usually thought of as wild fowl, but are actually easy to raise indoors. Here are some basics (some of the info taken from another of my blogs at: http://homesteadingbasics.blogspot.com/2009/04/how-to-raise-quail-indoors.html :

  • Two females to every one male. Best ratio is 13 females and 7 males.

  • Quail eggs are nutritionally 3-4 times higher than that of chicken eggs. They contain 13% proteins while chicken eggs provide a bit more than 11%. Quail eggs contain 140 μg vitamin B1 compared to 50 μg in chicken eggs, and they contain twice as much vitamins A and B2. And quail eggs provide five times as much iron and potassium as chicken eggs. They also are richer in phosphorus and calcium.

  • It takes 3 quail eggs to equal 1 medium chicken egg, size-wise.

  • Quail are much more quiet than chickens, and the odor is practically non-existent, especially if you keep the aviary clean. You could basically hide a whole covoey of quail in a bedroom in your apartment, and your neighbors or even visiting guests wouldn't know unless you hadn't cleaned in a while!

  • A single pound of eggs costs two pounds of feed for a quail to produce and three pounds of feed for a chicken.

So today, I did a little research how butchering quail. You can hatchet the heads off, or simply twist the neck. Can this be done indoors, in the kitchen? If you don't have a garage or backyard, then yes, but I'd advise using the twist-the-neck method. (Since you do a lot with raw poultry in the kitchen anyway, and it should be a room that's really easy to clean. After you twist the neck, just cut down the breast, stand on the wings near the body on either side and pull on the legs. Now they're skinned. Below is a video from youtube that shows how it's done (if you're easily grossed out, don't play it!)

Or, eh-hem, use a knife!

2 comments:

Dan said...

Forgive me for interrupting but I tried to make a comment on your older blog, though a recent post, and it said I had to be a team member. What does that mean exactly and how can I make comments? Thanks!

Vikki said...

Sorry, Dan. I don't check those blogs anymore, and if I didn't change the settings, I tend to get all kinds of comments, including adult sites and so forth. I'll open the comments back up for the older blogs, for moderation to catch the non-appropriate comments. Thanks. Vikki