Is this normal?

I've got about 10 quail meats and some of them have these spots.

Are these safe to cook and eat? Is it possible that they had a disease or were infected?

I'm scared of Coronavirus, and chickens and quails can carry influenza and Coronavirus is a type of influenza, so could this be related?


I've googled a lot but I can't find anything on it: "Quail red OR black OR dark spot on meat" etc.

My question is not a duplicate of: red spots on the chicken

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    Coronavirus is not a foodborne disease. You don't need to fear your food.
    – rumtscho
    Feb 25, 2020 at 11:50
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    They do believe that it initially infected humans through meat from a "wet" market, where fresh meat is sold near the living animals. That's not the primary or most worrisome means of transmission, but worth acknowledging.
    – kitukwfyer
    Feb 25, 2020 at 14:11
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    Coronavirus is not a type of influenza, these are different categories of virus although the symptoms of infection are similar. Poultry can contract a specific kind of influenza that in rare cases can transmit to humans ("Bird Flu"). The exact origin of the current coronavirus outbreak is currently unknown - a market in Wuhan is suspected but some reports indicate there were early infections with no connection to the market. Feb 26, 2020 at 2:01

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It's just clotted blood.

Quail is a far more game-y meat than chicken meaning there is much more muscle and you end up with a lot of dark meat. You get the same with truly free range chickens.

This is nothing to worry about and I have never seen a quail which doesn't look like that.

Source: My mum had a poultry farm.

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    Yep. I have friends who hunt. It seems all game birds have that too.
    – Jolenealaska
    Feb 25, 2020 at 10:52

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