Quails

Every time people hear of an idea that would make them ‘millionaires’, no one wants to be left behind. Currently, the idea of that is making almost all individuals in Kenya to rush up is the Quail rearing. As to whether they know of the future implications, nobody knows. A few years ago, a neighbor hinted to my father that pork was where the next millionaires would rake in their millions. Gullibly to him, he took a loan and invested in pigs and patiently waited to play in the millionaire league. He wanted us to be rich.

It is a move he has lived to regret to this day; demand for pork was less than the supply as everybody in our area got the same wind of the brewing millions in pork . He had not been the only one eyeing the business venture. More and more neighbors had ventured in pig-rearing with the hopes of being among the successful people in the society. To be precise, almost every homestead in my homeland had not less than three pigs in their sty.

Naturally, the slaughterhouses overflowed with pork culminating to a throwaway price of the animals by our neighbors despite of the large amounts spent on their feeds, not to mention the hard work put into gathering the capital and halting any other projects to pursue this “filthy business”. People suffered heart attacks as they were caught off-guard, leaving them with creditors who were hot on their heels.

Apparently, this is what is happening in Kenya today. The same neighbor is urging as to join him in rearing the tiny wild birds known as quails. I advised him to be cautious lest he falters into debt and eventual madness caused by huge losses. These Isindus were trading at 10 shillings the other day and so it is hard to understand where this increase in value came from.

With many convictions on the increased value, some neighbors have been convinced to join this endearing quail meat/egg business. They are far from cautious; the countless birds in their coops paint the vivid picture of a person who is about to quit a day job and take on poultry farming.

Not that am against this venture but I encourage people to look beyond the present and where their quail birds will be in the near future. When the deal is too good, think twice.

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