When I began my research into the humble quail for this post, I had no idea I would stumble upon a goldmine of information, and an amazing ‘get rich quick’ scheme in Kenya. According to some sources, the health benefits of quail are astounding, offering a cure for cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Who would have thought it? Chicken eggs offer a ‘poultry’ alternative to Quail eggs– in fact their nutritional benefits ‘quail’ into insignificance when set aside the ovoids from this diminutive cousin of the pheasant.
- Skin conditions
- Erectile dysfunction
- Kidney stones
- Heart disease
- Asthma flair-ups.
What’s more, the eggs of this mini-miracle bird apparently aid foetal and child brain development, and provide a natural anti-aging solution. So there is some benefit to having egg on your face then. A real ‘quaility’ product.
Can you imagine, if Pfizer get ahold of this? I can see the TV adverts now for the new Quail -Male member enhancer:
The scene: a sun-lit golf course, back 9 fairway
Characters: silver haired hunk and a plump, balding 30-something guy
The action: The younger guy is lining up to swing at his ball when a quail cock comes strutting across the fairway, leading a harem of quail hens. The older guy turns to the young man with a knowing smile, “I’ve had a wood for every hole, since I started quaffing Quail”
Young guy shanks his Titleist into the woods.
Well then, sign me up! Obviously the world’s scientists have been missing a trick, and the Kenyan farmer has it right.
Such was the hype and hysteria surrounding the magical, mystical quail egg that prices sky-rocketed. At one point, each egg was selling for 120 KES ($1.20 US) – an astronomical price in Kenya where the average admin worker is pocketing the equivalent of $630 US per month.
There are stories of young Kenyans quitting their jobs to get into the craze, and borrowing huge sums to set up incubators and to buy eggs as seed-corn for a new business. Laying hens can fetch 1000 KES – far beyond the monthly income of average Kenyans – but with each bird laying 250 eggs per year there is the promise of a 300% return on investment. Now, of course, supply is outstripping demand and the egg price has plummeted to a tenth of the market high. The only people making those high returns today are the breeders still selling eggs, birds and equipment to the gullible investors.
This sad tale reminds me of the alpaca breeding craze. We explored this one ourselves, but quickly realised that the industry was a pyramid scheme. Big money could be made in getting others started in the industry, but then it was easy to be fleeced on the wool sales.
So once more, we learn a sad truth about human nature, and a reality check on the gullibility of others. Now, if you will excuse me, I need to help out a new friend. Apparently he needs a safe way to remove several million dollars from a Nigerian bank account. If I let him use my bank account, I get a cut of the proceeds. All I need do is send him my bank details ….
PS – for anyone looking for Dan Quayle stories – head over to here. I couldn’t hold a light to his brand of stupidity.