Chandigarh, Apr 16 (UNI) All those who relish chicken dishes but have been staying away for fear of bird flu can turn to the tiny quail.
The quail is a disease resistant poultry bird readily available in the markets in a number of cities across the country. At one time, it had all but become extinct in the country due to large scale hunting. It was removed from the list of endangered species in 1970, when the government allowed its breeding in poultry farms.
"The quail is a disease resistant poultry product and there is absolutely no danger of the bird contracting the avian flu virus," Dr J N Bora, Director, Central Poultry Development Organisation (CPDO-Northern Region) told UNI.
According to Dr Bora, not a single case of bird flu has been reported from any of the poultry farms where quails are being reared.
Those who prefer chicken over mutton products will find quail meat equally delicious and more easy to chew as the meat is very soft. Moreover, the cooking time required for a quail is less than a broiler, he said.
Dr Bora said quails were imported from Japan in the mid-1970s and bred on poultry farms established for this purpose. Quail meat is considered a delicacy in the upper strata of society.
He said like any other poultry bird, no vaccination is required for quails at any stage of life. Quail meat has another advantage over chicken or mutton as it is very low in cholesterol and in Japan, it is consumed by asthma patients.
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