Here is a warning to sellers of exotic quail of a guy to steer clear from. His name is Jimmie Young from Alabama and he's NUTS !
He's pulled this on me and also a friend of mine from down south.He called and messaged us about buying different kinds of quail,mine being Mearns,Mountains,and Elegants ( Bensons )
He contacted me sometime last summer.Sounded like a regular guy at first but little by little things changed.He wanted some of each variety and wanted to send me a deposit.I told him that I don't take deposits early but to stay in contact with me through the summer and I'd keep him updated as to how they're coming along and when the time comes to ship and when the birds are of age and size,that's when I'd take payment in full,and will ship them when the weather cools off in the fall.He agreed and sounded as happy as could be.
A week later he contacted me again wanting to send the money in full for all of the birds. I politely repeated what I told him the week earlier.He was okay again until the next week pretty much insisting that he'd send me the money to be first priority.Where I was being pressed like that I said what the hell and told him okay - but if something happens and I have to substitute one breed for the other,or even send him a partial refund just in case of some bad luck or mother nature related reason comes up then I would. He was perfectly fine with it.
I got the money,deposited it ,and put him on the top of the priority list and wrote his order in my notebook.
This was sometime in August.I told him on more than one occasion that the earliest I'd be able to send anything would be in October.He said it's perfectly fine that that he understood.
The next week I got a message asking how they're coming along and when I thought they'd be ready to ship.I told him that they're still anywhere from chicks in the brooder to young birds in the grow out pens,and that it would be a while for sure. He said okay but sounded disappointed.
Elegant Quail here in Maine don't start laying until late June / early July,therefore the earliest chicks born in August are just maybe a month old and barely out of brooding stage. As far as the Mearns go,I did have some born in June that were getting some decent size but not nearly full colored but it was still to hot to ship that time of year.
I could go on and on here But I'm trying to make it as brief as possible.The guy called me every single week through August and September to try to get me to send him his damn birds when they weren't nearly old enough and the weather was too hot to ship anyway.He pestered the living hell out of me until I couldn't take it anymore and sent him a refund in full for $1575.
I never heard a thing until a couple days ago ( 5 months later ) when he called a friend of mine,Shawn Cecero,from Florida,who bought these types of birds from me and had them posted on his Facebook page,Cecero Family Farm.He's a guy with a good reputation. An honest guy. Young looked at the pictures and liked the looks of the birds.He wanted to buy some even though it clearly stated that he didn't plan on selling until 2020.He mentioned that he bought them from me.
Then Young told him that he bought a bunch of eggs from me and that they were all no good ! I NEVER sold him ANY eggs ! Then he told him that he bought some Bensons from me and they were all rough,mangy things ! I NEVER sold him ANY birds ! Then he told him that I'm a punk !
He pulled the same thing on a friend of mine,Johnnie Thomas from West Virginia. Cherokee Quail Farm.Johnnie told him to fuck himself and sent his money back too.
Steer clear from Jimmie Young from Alabama ! He's big trouble. Just think if I sent his birds.They'd be all perfect specimens and he'd still be bitching and complaining non stop I'm sure. You can't win with a guy like that.
I knew there was something wrong with him but until now I didn't know he's a goddamn liar !!
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.