I pretty much have my mind made up. Weighing all the good and the bad,I've decided to unload a lot of birds and pretty much make it an enjoyable hobby again
I've written on the subject before about the new generation of Facebook bird "breeders",most just bird keepers,and basically how most have ruined the hobby and ruined the business.
Sure there's plenty of market for everything that I raise,but I'll leave it to the Four Golden Boys from now on. They all claim to be so much better than I am,so for those of you who haven't dealt with them I'll let you find out for yourself.
#1 is Ohio Joe who has the website called clevelandquail.com . The biggest liar and piece of shit that I've ever met in this business. A true total bag of fuckin shit through and through. A filthy con man with shyster prices. The word "liar" is just not strong enough to describe this asshole. This son of a whore doesn't have one decent bone in his entire body. He's poison through and through. You'll see on my website that I wrote a post about him quite a while back. Well since then he's pulled one hell of a lot more on me under different aliases,the latest,"Joe Corn",and before that,"Ivan Gelo". The fucker spreads lies all over Christ's creation about me,one being that my low prices reflect the inferior quality of my birds. The prick got all of his stock from me !!!
If you look at his website,it's all lies. Not every paragraph,not every sentence,but every goddamn word is a fuckin lie ! Things like he's been doing this for twenty years...etc.... . The first quail he ever had was in 2015. He was completely clueless on how to raise them. I helped him get started,sold him around 300 Mearns eggs that summer. He hatched and raised a shitload,and brokered the rest of my eggs on Ebay for big bucks without telling me. I had to find out by a woman calling me,mad at me because the names of the hens on my eggs matched his. She had it the other way around. I wasn't the broker. It was him. That's when I washed my hands of him.
So if you keep reading the "About Me" section on his site,another lie is that he'll be glad to give his customers recommendations on products for the birds,and advice on them because of how much he cares about his customers,and his love for the birds. This is the same asshole who's said to me probably five or six times over the last few years,"Fuck the people ! I ain't helping anybody. You're stupid to do it. You're only creating competition." And that's just how he is when people call him on the phone ,e mail,or text him. Very brief.One word answers,then basically,"Gimme your money,I'll send you the birds,bye."
More lies are the pictures he shows. Very deceiving. For the past three years he has a picture of a hand with a Mearns Quail in it. He NEVER shows videos or tours of his place. He shows a GQF automatic turner full of Bobwhite eggs to fool people into believing they're Mearns and that he has a huge breeder flock that can crank out settings of 120 at a time. The guy operates out of a garage in a little suburban residential neighborhood with his Mearns and Mountains artificially lit in his garage in little cubicles,basically quail jails. It's basically a puppy mill for quail. He had a post someone showed me on a whole bunch of the Facebook "dummy groups" of him saying how all his birds are "on fire" laying like crazy and he's hatching a shitload of birds. A friend of mine asked him for a picture of the brooders with all the chicks. He showed a handful of eggs and one Benson chick in his other hand. Deceiving,but like I said,there's a sucker born every second,and he's the bottom feeder who preys on them People are so easily fooled. What gets me even still is how in the hell he's not out of business though. I've heard nothing but negative things about him from a ton of people. People actually hate the guy as much as I do but other bird people aren't like me. They don't have the balls to spread the word,therefore people are still being burned every day by this con man.
Number two on my shit list is a tie between Keith Zastrow of "Keith's Quail" ( along with his partner in crime over the four years that they've had a few quail,Matt Pitchford from Louisiana. ),then number three, Derek Wagner from Ellenton Florida.
I'll start with "Bonnie and Clyde",Keith and his right hand man,Matt. For a few years I thought that Matt was actually a pretty good guy but little by little I could see that he's really just fishing for Keith every time he'd e mail me. A few friends of mine always said to me that they don't like how he plays both sides and are glad that they never had anything to do with him and by helping out a crook,just makes him one too. I knew where they were coming from but I didn't listen because every time I talked to him he'd be disgusted with Keith for different reasons,such as his business practices,and also how he's the most impatient guy he's ever met,just like I found out right away. He was always disgusted with him about how he always calls him for advice,then when he'd give him some,he'd argue with him and question the hell out of him,the exact same things he did to me.
Every now and then I'd ask Matt why the hell he has anything to do with him and tell him about all of the shit he's pulled on people,which I hear on a monthly basis from folks all over. Matt would always respond with something along the line of he feels sorry for him and that he was probably picked on in school and his parents made him join the military to try to make a man out of him. Then he'd go on to say that Keith's walking a fine line with him and one false move he's going to cut him off for good. We'd actually make fun of him a lot. He told me how pussy whipped Keith is by his wife. She absolutely hates his hobby and gets mad when he spends $20 on a bag of grain. She wears the pants in the family and won't let him build a grow out pen,which is why he advertises started Mountain Quail at five weeks old,right out of the brooder for big bucks,shipped in the July heat. Then when the naive people who buy them have them all show up dead,or die soon after,he blames it all on the customer and won't make good. Check it out everybody who's never seen it,"Keith's Quail" on Facebook. Kind of Mickey Mouse but idiots suck it right up. He's been at it since 2016,failed miserably the first year with me holding his hand every step of the way,then the next year has that page offering."Professional Advice From A Licensed Breeder","Desert Storm Vet"," College Degree.".
Anyway I've been going back and forth with the guy ever since. One day he's calling me every name in the book,and a week later,asking me to ship him some lobsters,or information on my pet rabbits. He's a mental case,yet a ton of Mickey Mouse naive amateurs think that he's the bomb. He has twice the Facebook followers than I do. All from another Mickey Mouse setup with the same old videos of his few Mearns in Ohio Joe like quail jails in his garage. My outfit puts his to shame a thousand times over but dummies fall for that bullshit every time. Are people blind ? ! Can't they take one look at some of the farm tours,posts,and pictures on my page,then take one look at his,then laugh their asses off ? Nope. They go for a con man instead. Absolutely disgusting.
So anyway about his right hand man,Pitchford. He has a Instagram site called Quail Enthusiasts with around a hundred followers,mostly small scale hobby folks with a few Pharaohs or Buttons who think he's another quail god too. Anyway I had that in the back of my head for quite some time about him playing me. One day last April,after not hearing from him for two or three weeks,I got an e mail from him that said,"Man you must be going nuts with no Mountain eggs by now ?" Well how did he know that ? He was just fishing for his buddy. Another time he told a man that I know that Keith's a pretty good guy but just misunderstood by the old time breeders. Always defending the guy and sticking up for him. He even wrote Keith's instruction sheet that he puts in with the hatching eggs that he sends out for him. All of this "Professional Advice",pretty much comes from Matt.. He even told Keith one time that I don't like competition. This was a few years ago. I never even thought about it that way. I never even thought of it as competition then. And as of now,I guess I could call it competition but I don't like what's out there for this new competition. These scums.
He and Keith are in bed together in this shit and by then I knew it I wrote a post about it not that long ago on my Facebook page. Immediately I got an e mail from him. He was mad as hell. He said It's pathetic that I put that video of me working out on the heavybag and speedbag a couple years ago. He says he "knocks out pansies like me out with one punch"😂😂😂😂 !!! I e mailed him back. We got into it. I told him he's a two faced rat and Keith's asswiper flunky. He says I should get professional help like a friend of his did so I can function in mainstream society !! Jesus I get along with just about everybody except a bunch of shitbag bird people !!!
As far as kicking my ass goes,I'd bet my house and my farm on it that he'd quit or get knocked out cold within thirty seconds. A old,soft,gray haired,paunchy,50 something year old guy who's a photographer and a store clerk !!!😂😂 Going up against a lobster fisherman and a boxer😂 !! He's the one who needs the crazy pills !!! Holy shit. He's a little fuckin sissy. I saw the pictures on his site of him wearing his little shorts and sandals😂😂😂 !!! At best he was a high school football player or on the wrestling team forty years ago !!😂😂 Imagine him trying to step in and grab me. He'd run right into a missile attack. He doesn't know how to punch of course. He'd try to come in straight forward,squared up and telegraph a wide barnyard swing or two,which I'd see coming a mile away. I'd toy with the old punk. I'd let him do it a few times while I circle to the left and right,making him miss by a mile. By then he'd be so winded,he'd keel over on his own !!😂😂😂 Another keyboard warrior from 1500 miles away. He'd shit his duds if I ever stepped toward him in person. Man would I love to get the chance to tear his fuckin two faced head off ! He also said if I ever mention his name that he'll," Ruin Me In This Business" !!😂😂😂😂
As far as Wagner goes,if you haven't already,read my post on here about him,. A complete piece of fuckin filth to the max !!! Oh and go back to the post called,"The Pros And Cons Of Selling Hatching Eggs". The one I described as the nut from Michigan is Keith,and believe me,that was just the tip of the iceberg.That was written a few years ago.
So those are The Four Golden Boys and there are many more crawling up out of the sewer all the time now. Facebookers and E bayers. And most of the people on those Good Egg,Bad Egg sites are trash too,especially the one who runs one of them,Kari Peterson,a kunt with a kapital K !!!😂😂
The good old hobbiests are the last of a dying breed.. I'm going to keep a few of my favorite species from now on and just trade back and forth with them,sell a few eggs just to pay for my expenses,only to people who are capable of hatching,understand that the Post Office can ruin them and it's not my fault,and expect free replacements. Also won't sell to the kind of person who expects twelve chicks out of twelve eggs and badmouths people all over the Good Egg,Bad Egg sites if they don't get that.
Anyway,it's a good decision by me. I can't take it anymore. Yes the scums have won out !😂😂😂 They rid me from the business !!😂😂😂 Perfectly fine with me. I'll like it better being able to enjoy it again. And I don't need to do it. I have a business,own everything,and have some real money in the bank. I'm set and it's a good feeling.😀👍
I'm Scott O'Brien, proprietor of Mainely Quail. I've been raising quail for 20+ years and have lots of stories. I tell it like it is, and don't hold back.