The farm raised quail are much blander than wild ones. Still excellent but not the same. We have a quail processor in Dalzell, SC that will sell "seconds" of quail in large packages for almost nothing. These are quail that got a wing torn off or the skin ripped in the feathering machine.
Still great eating as there are no pellets to wory about. Farm raised are my only choice unless I start raising my own…guess that would still be farm raised, but they would get grass and weeds to eat.
Our free range chickens taste very much different from store bought ones. The eggs have a yolk that is neon orange in color. We have Latino and Oriental grocery stores that buy our chickens live (their preference and it makes me a livestock dealer not a meat dealer) and sell them that way. Whole new dimension to fresh meat.
But back to original question. Frozen quail are an excellent product. Cook quickly and do not overcook. Thirty years ago we used to have so many quail they were a breakfast item. Fried w/ cream gravy, grits and biscuits…AHHHHH life was good. Haven’t seen or heard a quail on our farm in five years. Used to have four large coveys just on our place.