A WELL KNOWN CON MAN / BIRD JOCKEY BY MOST OF US OLD TIME BIRD BREEDERS lives a guy out in California. I'd love to reveal his name here but they'll have me in Facebook Jail again fast. I'm pretty damn sure plenty who read this will know who I'm talking about right away. After getting burned by him a few years ago myself,I finally had enough and washed my hands of him.I was talking about my experiences with him over the last few years before that with a good friend of mine from Louisiana who is quite the cage bird,dove,finch,waxbill,canary breeder and who also created a few of the first true color mutations of the Button Quail. He knows the joker all too well. He told me of another really top old time small cage bird breeder from California that I've heard plenty of good things about over the years.He told me that this man pretty much NEVER says a word about anybody ( complete opposite of me ) but told him a lot of years ago that if you hear the name,S.. A...... , - RUN ! I wished I'd known about that sooner ! As far as Facebook goes,he's trolling all over every single bird page there is from pro to Mickey Mouse,and in between,looking for more new victims to take advantage of. This is a guy who wants,wants,and wants everything but who has almost NEVER paid for a bird for himself,with his own money,for as long as he's been at it.Here's his usual method of operation - By trolling the sites on here or even looking through back copies of The Game Bird Gazette,and The APWS,he'll look to see who's got what he wants.He usually will call them or message them and ask them about their birds and then he'll ask the price.Real friendly to talk to.Loves to talk about the birds. It's all part of the act to set people up for his next move. While chatting with the potential victim,he feels them out and finds out what they like and want for birds,then makes his move ! If the person has something he wants he'll usually try some type of trade.In most instances it's,"Okay. You send me the birds or eggs,and "my friend" will send me some from Central America,I'll hatch them and send you the birds ". It's always,"my friend" will send this,and "my friend" will send that. "My friend",being whoever he's getting something from,wherever or whoever it may be. He has connections everywhere,especially in Mexico,Costa Rica,and even across the pond in Europe.What happens is the person will go for it and never get anything in return but promises,then lies. I fell for it. I was Mr. Nice Guy too many damn times for this clown until I finally wised up ! I've sent quite a few expensive eggs all over the map to all of his "friends",and never got one damn thing in return. His excuse was always that the eggs they sent him didn't hatch so he had nothing for me - "BUT IF-you send "my friend" from another country some eggs,he's gonna send me an even better deal and you're most certain to have some birds then !"
Like I said,after blowing hundreds of dollars worth of eggs that I could have sold or hatched myself,plus a shitpot of money on international Express Mail,that was it for me with that ! He always got a little something out of it though. That's how you see the really rare breeds that he posts pictures of. (always with the scientific name in parenthesis next to the name of the bird,with a long description quoted word for word from one of the books,or straight off of Google ) The people on the Mickey Mouse sites eat that shit right up and think he's a scientist and a quail god .I did have one last thing to do with him after that shit though. He called and came across a deal about some Bensons straight out of Mexico,smuggled across the border around maybe 5 or 6 years ago now. I wanted some and another guy I know from Ohio (no,not that prick 😉 ) wanted some too. We ended up paying a hell of a price too ! He called me one day frantically,like there was a gun to his head,begging me to send him $600 by overnight Express Mail ! He did the same with the guy in Ohio,who wasn't able to send it as quick as I did. He was right panic stricken that if he didn't have the money for the "mules" the next day,that they were going to kill him or something ! I shoulda not sent the money !😂But I did and got a couple nice pairs of Bensons. He gave me one of my original males back that I sent him along with them and acted as though he did me a huge favor,after I lost hundreds of dollars to him already.People like that soon forget. Then every so often I'd hear from him wanting this and wanting that... . I finally had enough and unfriended him on here,and never spoke with him again. Good riddance !!! So anyway,I see he's still at it of course.He stung "my friend"😂from Michigan . I love it.
I saw on one of the sites a while back a long line of bullshit from him on "how after many years of working with this wonderful breed,I finally feel comfortable with letting go two pairs of young breeders"......,not quoted word for word,but something along that line.He had some pictures of some of the Banded Quail he smuggled in from Southern Mexico. These were the same four birds he's been telling me about for years that he swore were all males,but he couldn't sex them,and they never laid !😂These were either males,dud pairs,or hens that wouldn't lay ! I guess "Mr,Professional Advice" fell for that one hook,line,and sinker.How I found this out was that on my Facebook homepage,this dumb redneck hick from Tennessee that I know shared the guy's video of the pair of birds that I'm told he paid $1200 for !😂👍👍. He actually put them in one of his little 2' by 2' garage cubicles and didn't even clean the damn thing first. I could see Mearns feathers in the dirty shavings !
I looked at the video and sure enough - the same OLD birds. He actually thinks he got a fresh,young breeder pair ! Just one look and anybody that's had birds for some years would take a look at one of their rumps and see all of the white feathers = old bird. My oldest Mearns hen is six.Her rump is almost all white now. One of her daughters,a year younger,is getting a few white feathers there now. I've had Mountain Quail live 10 or 12 years and during the last few got some white feathers here and there. I looked in one of my books and also Googled Banded Quail and they must show young ones because there sure isn't any white on them !😂
So,the video said,"click for more". I did,thinking that I'd see a little more of the video of the birds.Instead I saw a little of his sickening,pathetic site ! I quickly looked at a couple of foolish things he had on there. One was that he listed the names (all three) of the people who bought his birds this fall.One was one of the other Golden Boys from Florida,and there were two others that I didn't recognize.Next to one of the names he highlighted in parenthesis,"(repeat customer !") ! Now,come on !!! That's pathetic !! This guy needs attention and praise so bad that he has to do that ? !!! WOW !! Imagine if on here that I listed the hundreds and hundreds of peoples' names that I've sold to throughout the years,and highlighted the repeat customers ? !!! Man I'd look some foolish !That's some sort of inferiority complex or something !! His home life must be so goddamn rotten that Facebook and that fraud page is his entire world. If he wasn't such a prick I'd feel sorry for the guy.
Anyway,those two dubs deserve one another.Good team !😂
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.