Here it is,the last week of February,2019,and this asshole's still on Facebook runnin' his gums about me.
I first met him on Facebook. I guess it was 2016.He saw my page,Maine-ly Quail and messaged me,He seemed like a pretty good guy at first,not too swift but was okay. He asked me a lot of questions on everything around here with the three main varieties of birds that I keep. We shot the shit about other things too,like boxing. We're both fans of the sport.I actually liked talking to the guy for a while.
He was mainly interested in Elegant ( Benson ) Quail and wanted to get a pair from me in the fall. We chatted a bit a few times a week with him asking me a variety of things about the breed,and like I do,told him everything I know. Close to 20 years of knowledge and tips in one summer I gave him,with all of my recommendations of the pen size and design, and basically everything from egg to adult bird. At the time he was 62,a retired toilet scrubber. I normally wouldn't say anything like that but this guy is a total piece of ignorant shit so I don't care now. He lives in a small house in the suburbs of California and up until then had never had a quail before.
We talked about different things and people in the hobby / business and I informed him of the Three Golden Boys,Ohio Joe,Keith Zastrow,and Derek Wagner.I warned him of what lying con men and shitbags they are and some of the shit they pulled on me and other people that I know.Some being customers and some were others in the business.He didn't say a whole hell of a lot other than he likes to remain neutral and not say anything about anybody,or get involved. That was fine with me. He took all my information in. I told him that ol' Krazy Keith only had birds for two years at the time,failed miserably in his first season,and then in year #2 had a brand new fancy Facebook page,"Keith's Quail". "Professional Advice From A Licensed Breeder,College Degree,Desert Storm Vet.". He was amused by it but didn't say a whole lot.
Well later that year I went on one of the Facebook dummy sites. Idiot conventions for newbies and dummies who don't know shit about quail and never will,and the predators who take advantage of them. Guess who I saw on there right in the mix ? Yup.Earl. It actually kinda surprised me after I gave him solid advice to see him on those asshole outfits sucking right up to everybody.He was asking the same exact questions that he asked me all season long,but was talking to the idiots and newbies like Keith. I'll admit it was kind of an insult to me. I still talked to him though and didn't say anything about it.
So all of a sudden he put $30 in my PayPal account. I don't like to take partial deposits. I prefer payment in full right near the time when the birds are old enough to ship and the temperature to where I'm sending is cool enough. So okay. No big deal about that - until later on.
So back then I was still looking at those beginner sites fairly regularly and he sure fit right in the mix well. He was on every one just as though he was a real player in the game. He didn't even own a pair of birds yet. It was kind of disgusting.I can't quite remember the time frame but he ended up buying a pair of Bensons from that con man,Sal Alvarez. He set them up in his new pen and after a bit they started laying,and man he was some proud !. He thought he was really something because his were laying and mine weren't. He posted on the groups every single time and day his hen laid.
First I remember a post of him saying." I absolutely refuse to sell any." But not long after he was all of a sudden a marketing genius,describing his formula to make a profit. on selling eggs. He went on to say something like The birds cost him $150.He wanted $30 per egg,so 5 eggs would pay for his birds,so many would pay for his feed and shavings,then there was clear profit....... Sow now he's a master breeder and a business owner. I heard through the grapevine that he disagreed with my low prices !
Anyway,of course his started earlier than mine. He lives in sunny,hot,dry California,pretty much the same climate they're native to.I got reports that his eggs were nearly all duds. Mine take off here in Maine late June,early July and are always all fertile.And they did. And I hatched them all.
The guy has absolutely nothing to do with his time but look at his banana tree and the beginner sites on Facebook. If you ever have talked to him do you notice it's always,"Here in California this,and Here in California that...". It gets old. Keith Zastrow and Sal Alvarez are his heroes. He now,I hear has got a pair of Mountain Quail,a pair of Mearns,and a rare pair of Banded Quail he got conned into buying from Sal for $1200 being fooled into believing that they're a young breeder pair. These are the same birds that Sal had for maybe 6 years.He used to tell me that he couldn't sex them,and they never laid an egg. Sal offered them to a friend of mine for $200 a pair a few years ago.Probably 2 males or 2 dud hens. Should have listened to me huh Jeff ? Then his old veteran breeder hero of 4 seasons just bought the other 2,a whole year after Earl bought his and never got an egg. Real bright huh Keithmeister ? Got a royal screwing and is now mad because I wrote a post about it with the birds being so old that the feathers on their rumps are white.
But Keith will whine and cry to no end when he thinks he got a bad deal and call the seller every name in the book - BUT - it's okay for him to put therm on Facebook and try to dump them on some sucker for $1600 ! No bites of course.
Back on the subject of Earl now. The shit hit the fan between him and I a couple years ago now when he was on a site advertising a dozen Benson eggs for sale for $30 each. These eggs were from one pair of birds. A friend of mine from Kansas spotted it the same time as I did. He called him out on it. A Benson hen at peak season will lay 5 eggs a week tops. It would take at least 2 and a half weeks to save a dozen ! Take that plus 3 or 4 days in the Mail by Priority Mail,maybe 4 or 5 might still be good ! Earl didn't like to be called out from someone who knows something. It embarrassed him. He started to go back and forth with Jack a little being a bit of a wiseass. By that point I had enough of Earl so I didn't care and I went on and told Jack that the guy has 1 pair of birds and doesn't know shit. BAM ! Right then and there Earl blocks me and to this day badmouths me to anyone dumb enough to listen.
I decided to write this post almost 2 years later because today,he just went on Facebook on a friend of mine,Shawn Cecero's post about buying a variety of really nice Mearns,Mountains,and Elegants from me.Earl started telling him and everybody else on there that I'm a no good prick and a thief for keeping his deposit. HEY JEFF - I TOLD YOU BEFORE.TO GIVE ME YOUR ADDRESS AND I'LL SEND YOU YOUR BIG 30 BUCKS !!! EVEN YOU KNOW DAMN WELL I'M NO THIEF ! Then he goes on to tell everybody on that site that I need medication and I'm an angry madman who gets violent and makes fun and threatens of all of my customers ! Hey Jeff,I know you're a dullard with maybe an I.Q. of 15 but maybe if you look very closely at my posts then very slooooooooooowwly you'll comprehend that they're aimed at the Three Golden Boys,bird brokers,some other well known shysters and con men in the hobby / business,and an occasional other asshole or character like you who gets under my skin. A ton of people tell me they love and look forward to my posts. They're amusing and informative not only about the birds,but about the scumbags.I'm helping people with the birds and saving them a lot of grief and money at the same time. People thank me for it frequently.
So see Jeff ? I've been in this for a good 20 years plus,have hundreds of customers,sold hundreds and hundreds of birds,and eggs,have repeat customers from way back.I still have people recommending me who bought birds from me during the old Game Bird Gazette days to others. Jeff,are you slooooooooooowwly beginning to understand ? Are you drooling down your chin trying to grasp the concept that I'm honest,take pride,unlike your buddies,Sal,Keith,and Derek,who've dicked around and fucked half of the people they've ever dealt with ? Right. I didn't think you'd get it Jeff.
Then he makes a comment to Shawn to watch out because white feathers in a Mearns are a sign of inbreeding and to be cautious when buying from me ! What a fuckin dumbass .His buddies are the kings of breeding brother / sister birds together and selling a bunch of crippled birds with twisted legs,crooked toes,ruffled feathers,small size,won't lay,or will only lay soft shelled eggs.
And Jeff - on your comments to Shawn,who did your typing ? I know that some of those big words are far too sophisticated for your limited vocabulary. You've typed back and forth to me in the past and don't even know the difference between there,their,and they're.Your spelling was like a 6 year old's.
I'm addressing some of these points right to Earl but I know most of the other people on here reading this will understand what I mean about this drone and why I've had it with him.
So if you see this loser on Facebook just laugh and don't waste your time with him. He's a joke.
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.