Frequently Asked Questions
Do you butcher your own meat?
Our quail, chicken, turkey, and guinea are butchered on farm in our USDA inspected butchery room. For our larger animals, the pigs, goats, and lambs, we do business with Larry's Custom Meats in Oneonta, New York. Larry's is a family owned and operated small-scale facility that is Animal Welfare Approved by the Animal Welfare Approved Program. Click here to read through their standards for humane slaughter.
How do I cook quail?
Quail and quail eggs are quickly becoming a main-stream ingredient in the American kitchen. The key to cooking quail is to prevent overcooking. They are quite small, and the meat easily can become dry and tough. Quail is prepared similarly to chicken. You can grill them, stuff them, or roast them. There is a plethora of recipes available online. For basic guidelines, see here.
What are quail eggs used for?
Quail eggs can be used any way a chicken egg can. This means that, if you had enough eggs, you could fry up an omelet or cook an angel food cake. However, because of their small size, most customers prefer to put the creamy, rich taste of the quail egg to other uses. Try our quail eggs pickled, fried over a burger, or hard-boiled and served as a salad topper. They make excellent finger foods and appetizers. Quail eggs also do not carry salmonella, due to the higher body temperature of quail and the increased presence of the enzyme lysozyme, which inhibits bacterial growth. So we can freely encourage you to enjoy your quail eggs raw or in protein shakes. The Kitchn blog did an excellent spotlight on the uses of quail eggs recently that you can read here.
I work for a restaurant and am curious about featuring your products. Do you offer discounted rates for bulk purchases?
We do. Quails-R-Us currently supplies chicken, pork, lamb, and eggs to several area restaurants, including the City Cafe in Scranton, the Mustard Seed Cafe in Waymart, and Dyberry Forks right here in Honesdale. Email us and we'll start a conversation about adding your restaurant to the list.
Can I come visit your farm? Do you have a farm store?
We welcome visitors anytime on our farm. We only ask you call ahead first if you'd like a tour or if you're bringing a large group. Farming is a busy life and we may not always be around to help you. On a small farm like ours, biosecurity is also very important, so we ask that you avoid visiting if you've been to other farms recently with poultry, sheep, or goats, to prevent the spread of disease. We do have a farm store open sunup to sundown every day selling eggs, as well as meat and chicken if someone is nearby to help you.
I have a flock of chickens. Will you butcher them for me?
Yes! We butcher every week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. If we can fit your chickens into our schedule, we will gladly butcher them for you. We only charge a small service fee per bird. Feel free to email us for more details.