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Episode 5 of our Corona virus lockdown is all about the birds here at the tiny farm. Japanese quail and chickens.

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Comment by Sophie on April 5, 2020 at 12:10

hahahhahahaa... guilty..the thought had crossed my mind also

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 4, 2020 at 20:43

LOL.  This is an issue that Dave and I have discussed a few times before.  There's a cuteness factor I'd have trouble with, although renaming them "pygmy rabbits" or the like might help.  Once you've lived with quails for a while, they don't have any cute factor left.  

Comment by Doug Hanning on April 4, 2020 at 18:04

I ate one with a mate about a year ago. He had eaten a few in South America. They are pretty good and the meat and skeleton is reminiscent of rabbit. I have broached the subject here and I did not get very far. I should be happy I am allowed to butcher quail and not push my luck(those are not my words lol). If I go and shoot rabbits we can eat them, go figure.

Comment by Dave Riley on April 4, 2020 at 16:37

The only thing that held me back was the dogs: what if I get rodents and my terriers go crazy? But my new neighbour has a Cavy so I thought that maybe I could borrow it as an experiment...

They are worth just for the lawn care alone...

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 4, 2020 at 14:21

I've also seen pictures of them served butterflied and cooked in a sandwich press. 

Comment by Dave Riley on April 4, 2020 at 11:26

Guinea pigs (called cuy, cuye, or curí) were originally domesticated for their meat in the Andes. Traditionally, the animal was reserved for ceremonial meals and as a delicacy by indigenous people in the Andean highlands, but since the 1960s, it has become more socially acceptable for consumption by all people.[136] It continues to be a major part of the diet in Peru and Bolivia, particularly in the Andes Mountains highlands; it is also eaten in some areas of Ecuador (mainly in the Sierra) and in Colombia,[137] exclusively in highland locations in the department of Nariño near the border with Ecuador. Because guinea pigs require much less room than traditional livestock and reproduce extremely quickly, they are a more profitable source of food and income than many traditional stock animals, such as pigs and cattle;[138] moreover, they can be raised in an urban environment. Both rural and urban families raise guinea pigs for supplementary income, and the animals are commonly bought and sold at local markets and large-scale municipal fairs.[139] Guinea pig meat is high in protein and low in fat and cholesterol, and is described as being similar to rabbit and the dark meat of chicken.[4][140] The animal may be served fried (chactado or frito), broiled (asado), or roasted (al horno), and in urban restaurants may also be served in a casserole or a fricassee.[141] Ecuadorians commonly consume sopa or locro de cuy, a soup dish.[141] Pachamanca or huatia, a process similar to barbecueing, is also popular, and is usually served with corn beer (chicha) in traditional settings.[141

Comment by Dave Riley on April 4, 2020 at 11:26

Tis a pity we cannot keep rabbits in QLD. Eat anything. Grow fast. Reproduce often. Good meat and recipes. A great source of backyard meat and recycling. Benign unless they escape.

That suggests guinea pigs -- another meat resource. Ditto but smaller.

The Last Supper: dining on guinea pigs:

Comment by Sophie on April 3, 2020 at 10:51

Mini goats are/were on my list but then I was explained that it is really too much bother to milk them! Tiny teets!

Comment by Sophie on April 3, 2020 at 10:50

Dianne - I have a friend who has mini goats and went to cuddle the babes in Spring !!!! Maybe one day :)

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on April 3, 2020 at 9:13

With the Goat they showed on television that they like jumping on things like your car.

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