How you cleaning your birds?
With Dove I had always simply parted them like a peeled orange, then peeled the skin off and cut the wings.
With Quail I would either do the above mentioned method or if I wanted little chickens I'd start between the legs and peel the skin apart and back. Cut the wings, neck and legs and them take a knife and cut out the guts.
Well, just by chance I was in a patient's room for a minute a month or so ago and saw a few minutes of a show called "Project Alaska" (I think that is what it was) and they has shot some snow type birds. The expert was showing some city girls how to clean the birds. They were about the size of a game hen or so. He had them spread the wings, step HARD on the wings and the joint against the body, grab the legs and PULL up and away. If you do it right you get the skin, legs, back and most of the guts to separate leaving you with the breast, head, wings and a few guts. Mostly the heart and lungs. Cut the wings an separate the food pouch and the heart/lungs and head come with it! Super easy, super clean and super fast!
Try it out if you haven't.
I will never clean a small bird any other way ever again!